“Sustain me, my God, according to Your promise, and I will live; do not let my hope be dashed.” (Psalm 119:116)
Making a promise is easy. Keeping a promise may be difficult. Most of us make promises without giving much thought to the consequences of not keeping the promise either to ourselves or to the one we made the promise to. But making a promise means that we have given our word that we will or will not do something. It can be something that is significant or something that is insignificant. That part does not matter. What does matter is that we have given our word.
Most of us have made and broken many promises. We may forget what we said we would do, or what is even worse; we may have had no intention to keep our word. When people give us their word or make a promise, we expect them to honor it. When they don’t do as they said they would do, we feel disappointed and let down.
Whenever God made a promise, it went into effect at that very moment and will continue through eternity. So, when the Psalmist said, “Sustain me, my God, according to Your promise, and I will live; do not let my hope be dashed,” he had no doubt that God would keep His Word.
Many of us have difficulty taking God at His word. Is it because those whom we once trusted gave us their word and then failed to honor it? Do we doubt everyone because of broken promises in the past? Do we doubt God today because others disappointed us yesterday? Perhaps.
We trust those who do what they say they will do. “I will live,” said the Psalmist. God had always been faithful to him in the past. He had no reason ever to doubt God.
Give us a faith, Father, that will never waver. Strengthen our faith and keep us in our faith so that we take You at Your Word and never doubt. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.