In times gone by, a handshake would seal a deal. It was an agreement between two people that was binding. Of course, that is not applicable today. We have paperwork…and more paperwork…and still, more paperwork. We have paperwork to explain the paperwork – and few people understand any of it. All of this is done so that people feel more secure about the deal being made. Then there are loopholes to get around the mounds of paperwork. So new paperwork is added to take care of the loopholes. It is a vicious cycle just to secure something, to have it firm and lasting.
Thankfully God doesn’t need paperwork or anyone to work up any deals for him. He has established and is firm in his promises. What he says he means. It is something we can count on. It may not always be what we want. It may not always be the outcome we would choose. But ultimately, God is always faithful.
The Psalmist in today’s focus scripture reminds us of this very fact. He sings of God’s steadfast love. He proclaims God’s faithfulness. He declares that God’s steadfast love is established forever. And God’s faithfulness is as firm as the heavens. In other words, we can count on it because it is written over all the earth. Just look around, God’s promises are firm and visible. God is who he says is and he will do what he says he will do. That doesn’t need paperwork. It simply needs trust.
I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever;
with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
2 I declare that your steadfast love is established forever;
your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
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