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God's Great Faithfulness
By Deana Pruitt
Monday, April 4, 2011


Scripture 
Psalm 89: 1-8

 1 I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever;
   with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
   through all generations.
2 I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
   that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
3 You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
   I have sworn to David my servant,
4 ‘I will establish your line forever
   and make your throne firm through all generations.’”[c]

 5 The heavens praise your wonders, LORD,
   your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.
6 For who in the skies above can compare with the LORD?
   Who is like the LORD among the heavenly beings?
7 In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;
   he is more awesome than all who surround him.
8 Who is like you, LORD God Almighty?
   You, LORD, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

Devotion
In our everyday lives, faithfulness is a word that we’ve debased so far that to be faithful doesn’t require us to do anything good in particular.  As long as we avoid overt cheating and betrayal, we seem to meet the human standard of faithfulness.

Faithfulness in the Bible is different, especially God’s faithfulness.  Compared with the standard for humans, God’s faithfulness is infinitely richer and exponentially more expansive.  God doesn’t renege on his promises, but that’s just the beginning.  God consistently and constantly continues to pour his love and devotion out to us in a never-ending, living stream, even when we ourselves are faithless to God. 

If that isn’t amazing enough, God’s perfect faithfulness isn’t a remote kind of ideal, abstract perfection, it’s a full-bodied expression that culminated in God’s ultimate outpouring of love through Jesus Christ.  God has not only created a way out of our mess, his steadfast love draws us to him and invites us to join in building his eternal kingdom. 

To even begin to contemplate God’s faithfulness to us as individuals and to humanity as a whole leaves us no alternative but to join the psalmist in praise:

I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever:  with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.

Prayer
Dear God, thank you for your great faithfulness to us and for all that that you have done, are doing, and will do in our lives.  Please forgive us for the ways in which we have been faithless and help us to become more devoted to you and more dedicated to do your will.

Other scripture references
Joshua 23:14; Psalm 9:10; Psalm 145:13; 1 Corinthians 1: 8-9; Hebrews 10:22-23.

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