THANKFUL FOR GOD’S FAITHFULNESS
by Wayne S. Walker
“O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty like You, O LORD? Your faithfuness also surrounds You” (Psalm 89:8). Psalm 89 is identified as “A Contemplation of Ethan the Ezrahite.” It is thought to have been composed following the destruction of Jerusalem and the captivity of Israel. Ethan remembers not only God’s covenant with David and His prediction that if the people forsake His law they would be punished, which had happened, but also God’s promise of faithfulness not to break the covenant that He had made with David that His throne would be established forever. The word “faithfulness” is found at least five times in the Psalm.
Just as God exhibited His faithfulness toward David and Israel, God demonstrates His faithfulness to His people today. Each one of us is tempted by the devil, “but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Unfortunately, all of us yield to those temptations and sin from time to time, but if we confess our sins, “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Indeed as I look back over my life, I can identify many times when God has been faithful to keep promises that He has made in His word to me personally. So there can be no question about the faithfulness of God. The question then becomes, “Am I being faithful to Him?” God has blessed me with so many wonderful gifts for which I am thankful–physical blessings such as life, health, food, clothing, shelter, and the comforts and conveniences that I enjoy; and spiritual blessings such as the gift of His Son, salvation from sin, and the hope of eternal life. I need to live in gratitude so that He can say to me, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).