My favorite hymn is “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” It is full of scriptural truth, observable facts, and promises kept by God the Father. The writer, Thomas Chisholm, has personally experienced God’s faithfulness. The verses start with some important truths about God: God changes not, his compassions fail not, he forever will be as he always has been. Then, it moves to the common human experience of God: Nature witnesses that God exists, and he is faithful; the sun, moon, and stars witness there is a God; the seasons witness there is a God, and we can count on them. They are clockwork to humankind. The last verse is Chisholm’s personal experience: pardon for sin, peace that endures, God’s own presence, strength for each day, hope for tomorrow. Great is God’s faithfulness!
This is precisely what David’s Psalms are about—God’s faithfulness. God is who he says he is, and all of humanity can witness God’s faithfulness in nature, even as David himself had witnessed it as a shepherd boy. David had personally experienced God’s goodness, providence, and salvation from beasts, and later, even from King Saul himself.
These testimonies are examples of how we can testify to God’s faithfulness. We are to tell of who God is in Scripture. We can talk about the observable beauty and faithfulness in nature all around us. We share about our experiences before we knew God and after we were saved. But more than that, we need to remember who we were compared to who we are now. We need to remember what God has done and trust that he is faithful and will do it again.
We look back to see what we walked through. We look back to see that we have moved. Maybe only a step, but if it is a step forward, praise God. If it is a step backward, trust that you are not alone. God is beside you. Remember the faithfulness of God, the testimonies of others that God is good. God loves you. God is with you and for you. Then, when you are on the other side of the trial or crisis or heartache or valley, you can say, “God got me through this. There wasn’t a day he was not by my side! He was faithful through it all, and I know he will be faithful this time, too.”
Attribute God’s goodness to God! Glorify him and tell others about all he has done for you. This is precisely what David did as a young man.
1 Samuel 17:36-37
36I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! 37 The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!”
We know the rest of the story… the Lord was with David, and he slew the giant, Goliath. The faith of a child is powerful and instructive! The same God who did that for David is here for each of us. We may not ever face a physical giant, but many times, our trial feels like one. Trust that God is who he says he is, and he will get you through it.
Have you experienced God’s pardon for sin and peace that endureth?
If not, will you place your faith in him today?
Do you look back to see God’s faithfulness, or do you look back with regret?
Will you give God the glory for getting you through a past hardship?
Will you trust that God is with you now through your crisis today?
If you placed your trust in God today, or last weekend, tell someone!
Study the Psalms. They are full of descriptions about God’s goodness, character, and faithfulness. The writers poured out their fears, faith, and facts about the God we see, experience, and trust.
Heavenly Father, thank you! You have been faithful in my life, all my life. I am sorry for not recognizing all the times you were right there. Even before I knew you, you were right there. Help me to never doubt you again. You have never failed me! Thank you for your Word and your faithfulness! Amen.
This post was written by Julie Roehl. Julie loves God’s Word and CedarCreek and is so very grateful for the love and grace of Jesus. She enjoys grammar, traveling, and tennis. She is married to John, and they are blessed with 7 children.
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