He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations. (Ps. 105:8)
The psalmist started this psalm with a praise of thanksgiving. As we continue reading through the psalm, we can see why he is giving a praise of thanks. Over and over, the psalmist rehearsed some of the benefits and the greatness of God, reminding us about all that the Lord had done. The words help us remember that the God of Israel deserves praise because of who he is and what he has promised. He can be trusted because he remains faithful to his word. The God of Israel keeps his covenant not only to the present generation but to generation after generation.
The writer lets us know that we can learn from what God has promised Abraham and his seed. God is not bound to us by our covenant, but God is bound to his covenant because of who he is. The Lord has sworn by his oath, and therefore his word is steadfast and truthful.
We can praise him for his faithfulness because God is not just faithful to Israel but to all those who call upon his name. He alone is worthy of our praise because he remains faithful even when we are unfaithful. We have the blessed assurance of his proven word, which is why he deserves the praise of those who walk upright before him.
Thank God for his proven faithfulness.
Sidney D. Wheatley is passionate about imparting the Word of God and is pursuing a doctorate in transformational leadership from Wesley Seminary. He and his wife, Linda, have three adopted children.
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