Wednesday, January 27, 2010

God has been Faithful

"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness" (Lam. 3:22-23)

On Sunday morning we sang the song He's been Faithful which has some beautiful lines about God's faithfulness to us. As I was singing I was struck by a line in the second verse which reads "The days I've spent so selfishly, reaching out for what pleased me." I immediately was reminded of my life before Christ. Then he graciously reached down his hand to give me a new heart. Most of the people I was around had no clue about my sinful life because I concealed it through deception. But God cannot be fooled or deceived. God knew my heart and he pursued me in love. "By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for" (Prov. 16:6).

Now as his child I can see over and over his faithfulness to me but looking back I am reminded of how he has always been faithful to me. I deserved wrath but he lavished his grace upon me. Here are the words to the song He's been Faithful:

In my loneliness and fear, through every pain every tear
There's a God who's been faithful to me
When my strength was all gone, when my heart had no song
Still my God has been faithful to me

Every word He promised is true
What I thought was impossible
I've seen my God do

When my heart looked away, the many times I could not pray
Even then He's been faithful to me
The days I've spent so selfishly, reaching out for what pleased me
Still in love He's been faithful to me

And every time I come back to Him
I see Him waiting with His open arms and I know once again

He's been faithful, faithful to me
Just looking back His love and mercy I see
When in my heart I have questioned
And failed to believe
He's been faithful, faithful to me

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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