Faithfulness That Reaches The Clouds

9th -10th January

Weekend Edition

For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens. May Your glory shine over all the earth.

Psalm 57:10-11

It is a great joy to know that our God is faithful. He keeps His promises and never lets us down. He is there when we need Him, forgives when we don’t deserve it and freely showers us with His grace. It is no wonder David used such descriptive words to describe God’s faithfulness. ‘Your love is as high as the heavens’ and ‘Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds‘. David’s words are so expressive and so heart-felt. It’s almost like when children say, ‘I love you to the moon and back’. There is no measure of that love but you know that when it is said, it comes from a heart completely given over to love.

It is with that same love that David loved God. He truly knew first hand of God’s faithfulness. In fact this psalm was written when God delivered David from Saul’s persecution. We must take time to look upon our lives and reflect on the victories won through Christ, so that we may remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness and unfailing love towards us. His love truly is unmeasurable and His faithfulness is un-ending. May God’s glory shine in us and through us as we celebrate His goodness towards us.

God’s Ever-shining Glory

13th July

For your unfailing love is higher than the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens. May Your glory shine over all the earth.”

Psalm 108:4-5

God is so faithful. Because He is so faithful He will always get the glory. He even makes bad situations in our lives work out for good so He gets the glory. The question is do we give Him the praise when bad situations get fixed? Do we give Him the glory and praise He deserves?

If you think that you have run out of things to praise God for then have a read of Psalm 111:4, “He causes us to remember His wonderful works. How gracious and merciful is our Lord!” In fact God is so great that “everything He does, reveals His glory and Majesty.” We cannot hide from the majestic works of our God. We cannot run from His mercy and faithfulness. His love is inescapable. His glory shines over all the earth.

As we start a new week, let us think upon the goodness of God. Let us rejoice in the blessings of Almighty. Let us ask God to remind us of anything we have not thanked Him for. When you see His glory, praise Him. He loves to be told how great His works are. He delights in our worshipful admiration. In fact He created the beauty of this world to reveal Himself to His creation. Even if you are facing a challenging situation this week, know that God is already working in your situation, so He can be glorified and you can be set free.

Don’t hold back.. Praise Him.

In Our Father’s Arms

22ndJune

Praise the Lord; praise God our Saviour! For each day He carries us in His arms.”

Interlude

Psalm 68:19

Thanksgiving is such a great way to start the day. Thinking upon and remembering the goodness of all God has done for us, encourages us to exercise an attitude of gratitude in our lifestyles and as part of our daily devotion to God. It helps us to put God in the place He deserves to be in our lives. He truly does carry in His arms each day. He lifts our burdens and loads us with His goodness. He exchanges ashes and mourning for songs of praise and dancing. He is a good good God.

David also, in Psalm 68, reminds his readers of God’s redemption for the Nation of Israel from the hands of the Egyptians. He recalls when they were rescued from bondage in Egypt, fed in the barren dry lands, rescued from the surrounding chariots when Pharaoh realised he had made a mistake by letting the Israelites go free, (although it was God who was actually at work) saving them by parting the seas and then lavishing them with the wealth of their enemies.

It is only when we recognise God’s goodness in our lives, that when faced with trails and tribulations, we can find strength and courage to persevere through and not to give up. We can be assured that just as God has helped us in the past, so He will help us in the future.

It’s so great to see the ‘selah’ or ‘interlude’ and the end of this verse. It is almost like David is saying to his readers, just pause. Just take a second to really think about Gods goodness. Think about the times He has helped you and thank Him, praise Him. Think about the times He has carried your burdens, remind yourself of the times when He has saved you, remember the moments He carried you in His loving Fatherly arms… Now go, and live a life of thanksgiving, making sure others know how good our God is.

The Promise Of Samson’s Birth

11th May

In those days a man named Manoah from the tribe of Dan lived in the town of Zorah. His wife was unable to become pregnant and they had no children. Then the Angel of the Lord appeared..”

Judges 13:2-3a

So often in the book of judges, we read of Israel’s rebellion and God’s faithfulness and mercy in providing them with a new ruler to rule over them. It seems every time the ruler passes away, they return to their rebellious ways and start worshiping idols and others gods again. So it was at the start of chapter 13. As soon as Abdon, son of Hillel dies, Israel rebel against God again and return to doing “evil” in the sight of the Lord.

It so often seems like a lifestyle pattern in our lives too. One day we enjoy the blessings of God and the next we forget them and live our lives far away from God’s best intentions for us. Yet although we are forgiven, there is often consequences to our rebellious behaviour, as proved in today’s passage. In verse 1 of chapter 13, we read that the Lord allowed the Philistines to capture Israel and hold them in captivity for 40 years.

Yet in spite of all their “evil” behaviour, God still showed His merciful nature when he saw the needs of a baron couple, Manoah and his wife. The Angel of the Lord, appeared to them on two separate occasions, prophesying that they would conceive a child and the requirements of keeping him holy (I.e not cutting his hair, not drinking wine or eating any forbidden food).

It is so interesting to note that this promise was at a time of the nations rebellion against God and their captivity by the Philistines. In spite of the whirlwind around them, God still showed He cared about the needs of this couple. No matter what is around us, our merciful and faithful Lord still wants to shower us with His blessings. If that is a child to the baron mother, or hope the hopeless father, then God will continue to provide. He is our provider despite of the circumstances that may be around us. Let us be faithful in our obedience and prayers towards God and wait to see His provision fulfilled.

The Generational Faithfulness Of God

25th – 26th April

Weekend Edition

For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation.”

Psalm 100:5

Throughout the Bible, there are so many verses about God’s faithfulness and goodness. Why is it that so? Is it because we need reminding on a regular basis of the goodness and faithfulness of our Lord? Or is it because God doesn’t want us to forget that His faithfulness ‘continues to each generation’? Or is it simply because the authors that wrote about God’s faithfulness experienced it on a regular basis and wanted to share their experience with us, the readers?

Well you could answer yes to all the above questions. The underlying truth is, that God is faithful and His love continues forever! This verse is almost like a summary of the whole Bible. It is not about our doings or works, it is about who God is. A life spent getting to know God’s character and learning more about the attributes of God, as stated in this verse, is a life well spent. The simple truth of God’s goodness, faithfulness and love, is a wonderful message for us today, but also for the generations to come.

Let us join the writer of this wonderful psalm and pass on the news to our children, friends and foes. God is faithful. God is love. God is good. His character does not change when ours does. His mood does not change when ours does. His love for us is not dependent on our love for Him. He is faithful even when we are not.

Surely that is reason enough to enter His courts with joy and thanksgiving!! Shake off your worries and woes and rejoice in the goodness of God!