Setting The Standard for Faithfulness!

By Reverend J. Loren Russell

Psalm 40: 10-11 (ESV)
I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation. As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!

‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬The faithfulness of God challenges us to be as faithful in our commitments and responsibilities as He is in His. There is a plethora of scripture texts, from Genesis to Revelation, that show God’s faithfulness to us. It is a thread that runs through the Old and the New Testament and sets the standard for faithfulness.

Psalm 40 is a prayer written by King David for help when trouble had risen in his life. David’s troubles came in waves, first from a furious king Saul who sought to kill him, then through his own lusts. Despite it all, God called David a man after His own heart, and Psalm 40 may be one of the reasons why.

In this Psalm, David acknowledges that his waiting on the Lord was not in vain because God heard his cry. He pulled him out of a pit of destruction and placed him on a rock where his steps were secure. The Lord put words of adoration in his mouth and a song of praise in his heart. David’s test became his testimony, it was his personal testimony of the faithfulness of God. When others heard what David had to say, they also put their trust in the faithfulness of all mighty God.

Do not put your faith in human qualities, in the size or the strength of your own faith, put your faith in God! He will help you to develop a strong, living, vibrant, and enduring faith because He set the standard.

Be Blessed!

Rev. J. Loren Russell is an associate minister at Goodwill Baptist Church and is the spiritual leader of both LaGree Baptist Church and the Evangelical Church of God, all in the Bronx, President/CEO of The JLR Company for Church Financial & Strategic Consulting (718-328-8096), and hosts “Matters of Faith – The Radio Show” on Monday nights from 8:00 – 10:00 PM on Facebook Live. Be sure to Friend “Matters of Faith” on YouTube and email us at Order your copy of Matters of Faith: The eBook at www.smash

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