“For I said, ‘Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.” Psalm 89:2
As I was reading through this psalm, it fascinated me how much God’s faithfulness is emphasized. In the midst of a focus on God’s greatness, how nothing in the heavens can compare, the writer continually goes back to faithfulness.
Seeing it referenced so many times sparks something in my heart. There is a sense of wonder in my soul at how firmly rooted faithfulness is in the essence of God’s being. That’s where our security lies. That’s how we can have hope at all times—because our God is faithful. He will never let us down, never fail to come through.
“Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!” (v. 5)
“For who in the sky can be compared to the LORD?…O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O LORD, with your faithfulness all around you?” (vs. 6, 8)
“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.” (v. 14)
But then we see a turn in the psalm. The writer, we find, is not speaking from a place of strength. He is pouring out his heart in a time of weakness and confusion: “Lord, where is your steadfast love of old, which by your faithfulness you swore to David?” (Psalm 89:49). It becomes evident that this psalm is a cry to God for assurance. It’s a reflection of what I have done in the past…recalling truth, Scriptures that speak of God’s faithfulness, telling myself that He is for me and has promised to always be with me. Trying to convince myself that “Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart” (Psalm 73:1). But simply recalling the words isn’t enough. We need the Spirit of Truth to make them come alive. To make these promises real, so that we know our God is faithful, to the depths of our soul.
We don’t give in to despair. We cling to hope. We focus on truth. We fix our eyes on our Savior. We cry out to God, asking Him to come in power and glory and to open our eyes to His faithfulness. And because He is faithful, He comes. He does not delay. He does not abandon or cast us aside. Whether He comes rushing like a great wind or softly like a gentle whisper, He comes. And every facet of how He reveals Himself to us, how He strengthens and assures our heart, is absolutely flawless.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23). He is faithful. Even the heavens are praising His faithfulness. May their testimony of the greatness and majesty of our God penetrate our hearts, so that we hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering.