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Created to Be Faithful: Created for Faithfulness

Devotions

The second verse of the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” speaks of the dependable patterns of nature. “Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, / Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above, / Join with all nature in manifold witness / To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.” The hymn writer notes the rhythm of God’s creation. Each season, each day, follows a regular pattern. When we wake up in the morning, we can be certain that the sun will rise.

By looking at this example from nature, we know that we can depend on the Creator. In this psalm, God addresses His servant David. David was chosen by God to be the king of Israel. This unknown young man was handpicked instead of many more likely candidates to lead God’s people. What an honor it must have been to be chosen by God for such a mission.

We would like to think that David, realizing the depth of God’s faith in him, would be perfectly honest, faithful, and obedient. That wasn’t the case. David broke his promises. He sinned against God, his people, and his neighbor. But despite these failures, God did not go back on His covenant with David and with the nation of Israel.

This psalm describes the relationship between David and God. God promises to love David “forever” and desires, in return, David’s faithfulness. This may seem a daunting task, knowing our tendency to fail. But the remarkable thing about God is that even when we disobey and God disciplines us, our acts will not reduce God’s faithfulness. A promise from God can be counted on completely.

The psalm compares the everlasting faithfulness of God to nature. Just like the moon and sun appear each day in the sky, God will forever be faithful to His covenant promises.

Apply the Word

God’s faithfulness indicates that He is a personal God who desires a relationship with us. He created, redeemed, and sustained us to be in fellowship with Him. If you think that you’ve done something too bad for God to love you, remember the story of David. Our sin is not strong enough to overcome God’s love. Confess, accept His forgiveness, and be restored.

BY Jamie Janosz

Jamie Janosz serves as a content development manager for Moody Bible Institute. She writes monthly devotionals for Today in the Word and has published non-fiction essays with Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics blog. Recently Jamie wrote a book titled When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up (Moody Publishers). Jamie studied theology and writing at Moody Bible Institute, Columbia College, and Illinois State University. She lives on the Atlantic coast of Florida with her husband, Milt, and daughter, Sabrina.

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