Summary: But of all the things that God has revealed about Himself that is a most fitting conclusion to this year and a bridge of encouragement for the next is that God has been faithful.
God Has Been Faithful
Scripture Reference: Psalm 89:1 – 8
This book called the Bible, the Holy Scriptures, or the Holy Writ contains more about God than any other book written or will be written. This is more than handbook about the Great I am, but a life book about a living God.
Matthew 16:16. And Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’
Matthew 22:31. "But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, 32. `I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.’’
Oh yes, He was alive and active in 2003. His presence spoken about in His Bible, portrayed by His Son, confirmed by His Spirit, and experienced by His children.
I don’t have time to explore all of the dynamics and theology of a God who presents Himself as strong, sovereign, and the ultimate Savior.
But just allow me a few known revelations about our God this last day of 2003.
Exodus 3:13-14 God is self-existent.
13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name ? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
I don’t ever remember this year God ever depending on us to exist. He has not been to the life support ward of our religion or self-indulgence.
Psalm 50:10-12 God is self-sufficient...
10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. 11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine a. 12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
I don’t ever remember this year God asking someone to loan Him dollar or give Him a meal.
Psalm 103:8 God is merciful...
8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
I don’t ever remember this year God giving us completely the judgment that we deserved.
Deuteronomy 33:27 God is eternal...
27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
Psalm 107:8 God is good...
8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Jeremiah 23:24 God is infinite...
24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.
Genesis 18:14 God is omnipotent…
14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD?
1 Timothy 1:17 God is wise…
17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Hebrews 13:8 God is unchanging
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Leviticus 19:2God is holy...
2 Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.
John 3:16 God is love...
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
But of all the things that God has revealed about Himself that is a most fitting conclusion to this year and a bridge of encouragement for the next is that God has been faithful.
The year has come and the year has gone, but God has remained faithful. He has remained faithful to His word. He has remained faithful to His Son. He has remained faithful to His Spirit. He has remained faithful to His children.
We all have had months with challenges, some week of a crisis, an hour of temptation, a minute of pain, or seconds of frustration, yet God has been faithful.
Psalm 89 is song of testimony, a song of an eyewitness account about God. This is not a Psalm written by some one who read it in a novel or who heard it from another, but who knows it for himself that God is faithful.
Look at the first two lines of the Psalm 89…
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 established your faithfulness in heaven itself.