“For he remembered his holy promise given to his servant Abraham.” (Psalm 105:42)
It almost seems contradictory when we read these words of the Psalmist: “For He remembered His holy promise.” It’s as if God were in a grocery store, and just as He began to walk through the parking lot to His car, He stopped and said, “Oh my. I forgot the milk! I’m glad I thought of it.” But, not so.
As Psalm 105 ends, the author reminds us of the faithfulness of our God. So, he wanted to remind the readers, once again, that whether or not they were faithful to Him, He was faithful to them. He made a covenant with Abraham, and through the many generations from the day that covenant was made until that very moment, He was always with them. When they felt alone, He made His presence known. When they needed protection, He was there to guard them. When they were hungry, He provided food to nourish them. When they were weak and weary, they could rely on His power.
God has been, is and will be true to what He says. And, He is faithful to keep His word to whomever He gives it. Wherever we look in history — in times of defeat and delay — it does not mean that God has forgotten what He has promised. God is always faithful to His holy promises. His promises are holy and sacred because they come from a God who is holy and sacred. Through days that seemed unbearable and nights that had no stars, God was always with them — working out His will in His way according to His plan.
God calls us to Himself to make us like Himself. He will do whatever it takes to restore His image in us. Remember: God is a “working in us God” and always faithful.
Give us patience and perseverance, faith and willingness, hope and trust, Lord, as we become like You. Help us to remember our promises to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.