Knowing God: The Faithfulness of God, Part 3.

The Scriptures clearly teach the faithfulness of God. For the believer in Christ, to have faith, or to believe, means to trust, depend, commit and to worship one object and one object alone. The sole object is God, in the person and work of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit. It stands to reason that if faith means to trust, depend, commit and worship God, it is because He is trustworthy, dependable, committed and worthy of worship.

The following categories are but a small sampling of what the Scriptures say about God’s faithfulness.

  • Faithfulness is part of God’s character (Isaiah 49:1-7; I Corinthians 1:1-9; I Thessalonians 5:24).
  • God’s faithfulness is biblically declared to be (1) Great (Lamentation 3:23); (2) Established (Psalm 89:1-2); (3) Incomparable (Psalm 89:8); (4) Unfailing (Psalm 89:33; 2 Timothy 2:13); (4) Infinite (Psalm 36:1-5); and (5) Everlasting (Psalm 119:90; 146:1-6).
  • God’s faithfulness is the believer’s confidence in prayer (Psalm 143:1).
  • God’s faithfulness should be proclaimed to all (Psalm 40:1-10; 89:1).
  • God’s faithfulness is revealed in His (1) Counsels (Isaiah 25:1); (2) in man’s afflictions (Psalm 119:75); (3) In fulfilling His promises (I Kings 8:1-20; Psalm 132:1-11; Micah 7:1-20; Hebrews 10:1-23); (4) In keeping covenant (Deuteronomy 7:1-9; Psalm 111:1-5); (5) In carrying out His judgments (Jeremiah 23:1-20; 51:1-29); (6) In rejoicing before God (Deuteronomy 14:26).
  • Believers are warned to not wander from God’s faithfulness (Deuteronomy 29:18).
  • God will faithfully remove liars and deceivers from His presence (Psalm 101:7).
  • God will faithfully punish the irreligious (Jeremiah 10:25).

As theologian and author Arthur Pink observes, “Scripture abounds in illustrations of God’s faithfulness. God is true. His Word of Promise is sure. In all His relations with His people God is faithful. He may be safely relied upon. No one ever yet really trusted Him in vain. We find this precious truth expressed almost everywhere in the Scriptures, for His people need to know that faithfulness is an essential part of the Divine character. This is the basis of our confidence in Him. But it is one thing to accept the faithfulness of God as a Divine truth, it is quite another to act upon it. God has given us many “exceeding great and precious promises,” but are we really counting on His fulfillment of them? Are we actually expecting Him to do for us all that He has said? Are we resting with implicit assurance on these words, “He is faithful that promised” (Hebrews 10:23)?”

Great Is Thy Faithfulness is a popular Christian hymn written by Thomas Chisholm (1866–1960) in 1923 with music composed by William M. Runyan (1870–1957) that same year. The phrase “great is thy faithfulness” comes from the Old Testament Book of Lamentations 3:23. Mr. Chisholm wrote the poem about God’s faithfulness over his lifetime.

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee,
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not,
As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.

Chorus
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above;
Join with all nature in manifold witness,
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside
.

Soli deo Gloria!

 

 

 

 

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