Great is His Faithfulness

2 Timothy 2:13, If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

Psalm 117:2, For great is His steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!”

One of my favourite hymns in the Lutheran hymnal (LSB #809) is Great is Thy Faithfulness:

Great is Thy faithfulness
O God my Father.
There is no shadow of turning with Thee.
Thou changest not
Thy compassions, they fail not.
As thou hast been
Thou forever wilt be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I hath needed Thy hand hath provided.
Great is Thy faithfulness
Lord unto me.

Just typing those few lyrics gave me chills. We often experience the faithlessness of friends and family, and it hurts. It damages our ability to trust others. Thanks be to God that we will never experience this betrayal from Christ. Even when we are unfaithful to God, He remains faithful to us because of His promises. We betray God every day by being unfaithful in sin, but He never turns His back on us. “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23). This is the verse that appears on my MacBook’s screen saver; it is also my confirmation verse. It’s a great reminder to have every morning and random times throughout the day. It is also the passage the above hymn is based on, especially in the refrain.

We look at married couples who’ve been faithful to each other, especially  those old couples who are still adorably romantic after 60 years of marriage. Indeed, this is a phenomenal achievement and is inspiring, but God’s faithfulness to His people is eternal. God’s faithfulness far exceeds any amount of faithfulness and loyalty we may commit to other people or observe in others. A person’s faithfulness is always uncertain, no matter how much we trust them. God’s faithfulness, however, is certain; we never need to question it. Jesus was faithful unto death on the Cross; that is how we know without a doubt that He will not forget us or betray us. Reverend John Rathje, Dean of Students at Concordia University-Ann Arbor, once said, “God’s promises are based on His faithfulness, not ours.” There is nothing we can do to earn God’s salvation and faithfulness; He gives it freely to us and He chooses to be eternally faithful. Realising this, let us, therefore, praise God forevermore.

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