It is not enough to talk about something, we often need proof. Someone can claim a success or a skill but we want to see the evidence. We want them to prove it to us. We don’t often take a person’s word for what has been done. We want to see it. We want to experience it for ourselves. Second-hand eye witness is helpful. But the best is when we can have a first-hand experience. The conversation often starts with, “I can….” And then ends with, “prove it”. We want proof.
In exploring this Psalm, the Psalmist is remembering the ways God has been with him. He is recounting the goodness of God when there has been achievement. He is remembering when the war was won. But what most stood out to me is this proclamation in the middle of verse 30: “the promise of the Lord proves true”. The Psalmist is recounting the victory and realizes that God kept his promises. God’s ways are perfect, he exclaims. And in his ways, he is continually keeping his promises. And his promises are good. They are for our future. They provide a hope as we move forward. They are full of mercy and grace. God’s promises are beyond amazing. But the best part is that his promises prove true.
If we look back on our lives, we can’t help but see how God has been with us – regardless of where we have been and what we have encountered. We can see how God has continually lifted us out of the pit. If we look closely, he was present in our deepest distress. He was also with us in our excitements and greatest joys. What a gift it is to know God keeps his promises. God’s promises prove true.
What this means is we can move forward understanding that God has kept his promises in the past and will keep his promises in the future. His ways are always perfect. His mercy is everlasting. His love is overwhelming. May God remind you of the promises that are always true. May you find hope.
30 This God—his way is perfect;
the promise of the Lord proves true;
he is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
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