Remembering the character of God and the wonderful things he has done moves us to praise and thank our great God for who he is and what he has done. This series of devotions have been written by Sarah Condie to encourage you to ponder the loving deeds of the Lord, so that songs of joy and thankfulness bubble forth from within you. Some devotions will focus on small but significant habits, while others will focus on the character of God.
At the end of each devotion and prayer, Sarah has provided a link to a song. Everyone’s taste in music is unique, so please, if you don’t like her choices, choose songs that you love.
A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.
1 It is good to praise the Lord
and make music to your name, O Most High,
2 proclaiming your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night,
‘Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning,
great is your faithfulness.’
When our world is falling apart, we need to know there is something we can hold onto to keep us steady. We need to know that we won’t be overwhelmed or consumed.
When our world is falling apart, we need to know that we are not alone and have someone who will be with us. We need to know that there is someone who is compassionate and loving, who cares enough to hold us firmly and safely.
That something, that someone, is your God. Your God will keep you steady. Your God will hold you fast. Do you know why? Because he promised he would, and he always keeps his promises. God is faithful. What God says, he does. He is utterly dependable, reliable, trustworthy — he is faithful.
The writer of the book of Lamentations writes movingly of his experience of his world falling apart. But at the centre of the book, he speaks of what keeps him going: the faithfulness of God. Because of the Lord, there is hope, even in this most desperate of circumstances.
I recently caught up with two dear friends I’ve known for over thirty years. During our conversation, both talked about God’s faithfulness to them. Neither woman is sitting on a mountaintop. Both are facing difficult circumstances which have lasted for years. They know what it’s like to do life in the valley. They know that they might never see their troubles resolved, and peace restored. But they know their God is faithful.
Both women proclaimed God’s faithfulness and their testimonies encouraged my heart. Reader, you too can bear testimony to God’s faithfulness in your life. Why not recall those times when God has been with you and held you firmly in his hands. And why not proclaim his faithfulness by sharing this story with your Christian brothers or sisters. This is a habit you could build into your Sunday — and give thanks to the Lord for his faithfulness to you.
‘May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it’. Amen (1 Thes. 5:23-24)
Song: Great is thy Faithfulness – The Worship Initiative – Bethany Barnard
This series of devotions was written for and first published by The Bible Society Australia.