God's eternal faithfulness. In the midst of a national disaster, the psalmist is pleading for God's deliverance based on his faithfulness to his people. The Lord's commitment to be faithful was established in the covenant made between himself and David (2 Sam 7:12-16). The writer will expand on the covenant later (vv. 19-37), but in this section he wants to dwell on God's faithfulness. He is faithful because of his nature. "It is Jehovah who deigns to deal out to us our daily benefits, and he is the all-sufficient and immutable God" whose faithful love we experience. In light of his faithfulness, we respond in praise to God (v. 1). "Whatever we may observe abroad or experience in our own persons, we ought still to praise God for his mercies, since they most certainly remain the same, whether we can perceive them or not:' This is particularly true in hard times. "In times of trouble it is the divine faithfulness which the soul hangs upon" for God's people are prone to forget or doubt his faithfulness. For this reason, it is important to remember that God's faithfulness is forever (vv. 1, 2, 4). With this truth it is very appropriate to pause (selah) and reflect.
Prayer. Lord, I know I have not always been faithful to you. This causes me to marvel at your faithfulness to me, especially in very difficult times when it is tempting to doubt you. Thank you for your faithful love. Amen.
Used by Permission “The Psalms of every day living”- David McKinley
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalms 87-88
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