The Lord Is
by Rev. Brian Mathis
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I got up this morning thinking about the faithfulness of God sometimes it is easy to forget that God is one thing above all the rest; He is faithful to His promises to those who love Him. When our world is falling apart and we canít seem to make sense of what is going on around us we must remember in that we have placed our trust In Jesus and remember in that relationship grace peace and mercy are found. Whether it be the loss of a loved one, financial difficulties, or any number of things that go on in our lives we must remember who we have decided to follow. Knowing who God is and the characteristics of who He is and the promises that come from those traits should give us strength. Some of them are found in Psalm 145:8-21:
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9 The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. 10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you! 11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, 12 to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. [The Lord is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.] 14 The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. 15 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. 16 You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. 17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. 18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. 20 The Lord preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. 21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
Psalms 145:8-21 (ESV)
The first verse tells us some of the most important traits about God when our world is shaken He is gracious and merciful. In His grace and mercy we can find comfort during the trials that we face. A promise we find here is that He has not allowed whatever you are facing to come your way because He is angry with you instead His love for you is steadfast and never-ending. We must hold onto that promise. Life is hard from time to time sickness and death came into the world when Adam sinned but even from that point on Godís mercy began to make a way for the salvation of mankind; that is the mercy He shows to His creation. In verse 13 we read The Lord is faithful in all His words and kind in all His works. We must understand God knows exactly what we are facing each day; In the Lordís prayer found in Matthew 6:11 we read these words, ďGive us this day our daily bread.Ē We ask this knowing the faithfulness of God to deliver upon His promises. We can have faith that God is there to pick us up when we are too tired to go on and that He does not just lift us up for a time but He will give you strength for every day and every trail. The last point I need to make cover verses 17-20 and simple tells us that God is righteous in all His ways that He is near to those who call on Him in a true desire for His strength, grace and mercy. And in the end He has preserved all those who love him. Unlike those who do not know Him we have a hope for tomorrow. No man knows anotherís heart only God does. We must live with an assurance that what we read in Godís word and the experience we have with His Holy Spirit will see us through every trail of life that comes our way. I know often we may feel like King David in Psalm 119:82:
82 My eyes are straining to see your promises come true. When will you comfort me?
But I can promise you there is comfort found in His word and presence if you will just turn to Him and trust in the promises that are found there. I leave you with Psalm 119:132 it reads; ďCome and show me your mercy, as you do all who love your name. Whatever your situation there can be peace found if you will turn to God and ask Him for it. He is faithful to provide for each day and every need. Hve a blessed day as you walk in the light of Godís word.
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