"the faithful God"
Years ago, in Bible study, I remember a morning when we sang two particular worship songs before we began our study. The first one was "You Are My King," which includes the following lines in the chorus:
"Amazing love, how can it be?
that You, my King, would die for me.
Amazing love, I know it's true
and it's my joy to honor You...
In all I do,
I honor You."
And I gotta be honest, I had trouble singing that. "In all I do, I honor You." That is completely not true. How could I pretend like everything I do is honoring to Him?
I know; I was being a little literal. I'm like that.
Fortunately, the next song we sang was exactly what I needed. It's called "Hungry," and it contains the following words:
"Hungry, I come to You...
Broken, I run to You...
I'm falling on my knees
Offering all of me..."
Now these were lyrics I could get behind. Hungry? Yes. Broken? Totally. But the kicker was "offering all of me." I'm a sinner, with flaws galore. I'm unreliable, and forgetful and repeatedly self-involved. But I can honestly say that I offer my life to Him. I want His will to be my will.
I'm reminded of the dichotomy of those two concepts every time I hear either one of those songs. But I also thought about it Sunday morning, as we read Psalm 34 in church. It was those first two lines that gave me pause:
"I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth."
Nope. Not true. I should be like that, I know. But it's very far from being true in my life.
But then the psalm continued:
"I sought the Lord, and He answered me
and delivered me from all my fears."
"Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!"
"those who seek the Lord lack no good thing."
and of course:
"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit."
And all of those statements, I know to be true.
You see the important point there? Though I fail, repeatedly, He does not. Though I do not praise Him as I should, He will not abandon me. Though I am faithless, He is faithful. He cannot deny Himself.
2 Timothy 2:13