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February 4 – Singing Of God’s Eternal Love And Faithfulness

“A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite. I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever; with my mouth I will make known Your faithfulness to all generations. For I said, ‘Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens You will establish Your faithfulness.'”  Psalm 89:1,2

Devotional Thought For The Day

Not much is known of Ethan the Ezrahite, so certainty in regard to the origin and context of this psalm is not possible.  However, the whole psalm dwells on the wonders of God’s great love for us, especially toward those whom He has called to faith and into eternal fellowship with Himself.  Much of the psalm considers the promises made to David – which are truly “Messianic” promises pertaining to the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  They all center in reality, the reality of Who God is – that God is love.  Therefore His “steadfast love” is forever, and also His faithfulness – just as God is eternal.  This is asserted even when circumstances seem dissonant with God’s love and His promises – and so God’s steadfast love and His faithfulness always serve as the basis, the platform from which all godly prayer is offered, especially in times of trouble.

Stop to consider what this means for us.  God’s steadfast love is forever.  Nothing can or will ever change this.  Likewise, His faithfulness to His people, to His Word, in regard to keeping His promises, is forever.  Nothing can or will ever change this.  We are not going through life as if rafting down some unknown river, not knowing whether we are going to make it or not.  No, the reality is that God is with us always [as He promised], always working all things together for our greatest good [as He promised], until He comes to receive us unto Himself in the glory of His heavenly kingdom [as He promised].  For God is love, and His steadfast love endures forever!  His track record is quite excellent – the Exodus, the building of the Davidic Kingdom, the coming of Christ, His suffering, death, and resurrection, and Christ’s building of His church [believers] over the past nearly 2,000 years.  Multitudes of His dear people, whom He called to faith and salvation and richly blessed in this earthly life, have already entered into His heavenly kingdom, and each day thousands more see firsthand the glories of His kingdom.  What has been in the past, and is now, will be forever – God’s steadfast love in Christ Jesus and His faithfulness to His Word and promises.

This is the basis of our prayers, of our hopes, of our priorities, of our decisions in life.  This base carries us through all of the trials, troubles, and tribulations of life in this world, as God brings us into His heavenly kingdom – and we know that “we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” [Acts 14:22] So, like the psalmist we too “sing” of God’s steadfast love and “make known” His faithfulness to all generations – regardless of our current circumstances or what others profess.  We pity those who are yet to know of God’s great love, those who are unbelieving and who renounce God’s promises – and we sing God’s love against the wind of the lying devil and his servants, who call God a liar; we sing God’s love in their face.  This is what the psalmist did, what God’s people always do forever, and so also what we do today.  Oh, the wonders of  God’s love – “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.” [Exod. 34:6,7]  Yes, dear friends, sing His praise today – and forever!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, thanks and praise be to You for Your eternal steadfast love and faithfulness to us! Keep us firmly planted in reality, on the base of Your eternal steadfast love and faithfulness, that we may pass the time of our sojourn here in this world with peace and joy, with confidence and eager expectation, always singing of Your goodness and love, of Your salvation.  Amen.