Today: To Ponder: Who is God to you?

ImageWho is God to you? In reading Psalm 132 three lines in particular stand out among the rest: God remembers, God keeps his promises, God is one who determines and carries it to fruition.

God remembers: We can begin as far back as Exodus where God remembered his covenant: Exo 2:24 God heard their groaning, God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob, and as far forward as His mercy: Heb 8:12For I will be merciful toward their evil deeds, and their sins I will remember no longer.”

Take time today to recall and praise God for His remembrance of you.

God keeps his promises: Heb 10:23 And let us hold unwaveringly to the hope that we confess, for the one who made the promise is trustworthy. Dan 9:4 “O Lord, great and awesome God who is faithful to his covenant…” 2Co 1:20 For every one of God’s promises are “Yes” in him; therefore also through him the “Amen” is spoken, to the glory we give to God. Take time today to praise God for His promises to you that have been kept and fulfilled. Image

What God determines that He will do: Is 14:24 “The Lord who commands armies makes this solemn vow:“Be sure of this: Just as I have intended, so it will be; just as I have planned, it will happen. Ps 132:17 “There I will make David strong; I have determined that my chosen king’s dynasty will continue.”

This then prepares us for the travail and trial that our Savior will face in the chapters ahead of us in the book of John. What God had determined in eternity past will be fulfilled in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus: Act 2:23 this man, who was handed over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed by nailing him to a cross at the hands of Gentiles.  For this reason: 2Co 4:15 For all these things are for your sake, so that the grace that is including more and more people may cause thanksgiving to increase to the glory of God. Rom 15:6 so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thus when God reveals His attributes we can be sure of His trustworthiness. Thus He says 6 times in vs 14 to 17 “I will…”

Thank God today that He is (a) unchangeable (1Sam 15:29, Num 23:19) for He is “the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change”  (b) a promise keeper and (c) has in eternity past planned for you.

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