“Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
and righteousness looks down from the sky.
Yes, the LORD will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness will go before him
and make his footsteps a way.”
“Let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.”
“The beloved of the LORD dwells in safety.
The High God surrounds him all day long,
and dwells between his shoulders.”
“There is none like God, O Jeshurun,
who rides through the heavens to your help,
through the skies in his majesty.”
These first passages from the Psalms and Jeremiah establish a foundation for why these in Deuteronomy give us hope. They give detail to who our God is. The characteristics of this God who surrounds us and remains near, dwelling between our shoulders. This God who rides through the heavens to our help, a picture of the power and greatness of the One who hears us and comes to our aid.
Steadfast love. Faithfulness. Righteousness. Justice. Peace. This is what characterizes our God. He delights in these things.
So everything He does will have these elements flowing through it. Even if we can’t see them yet – they are there. “For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD” (Psalm 33:4-5). “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you” (Psalm 89:14).
Our God is going to provide. He is going to see us through. He is going to show up in our circumstances, because the truth is, He has already gone before us into where we are. He’s already here, already at work, perhaps just waiting for us to call out to Him for action.
However He shows up, rest assured His every movement will be filled with these characteristics. He will never fail you, because He will never change. He will never leave. He will never stop coming to your rescue, riding through the heavens in His majesty to your help.
“For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed”