Daily Devotional: Psalms 12:5-8
5 "Because of the oppression of the weak and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise," says the LORD. "I will protect them from those who malign them." 6 And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times. 7 O LORD, you will keep us safe and protect us from such people forever. 8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.
18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.
Even the best of people, with the best of intentions, make promises that they cannot keep. We fully intend to do what we say but things happen that make it impossible for us to do so. Many friendships have been destroyed and many people have been greatly disappointed because someone did not keep their promise or fulfill their word. But God is not one of us and he always keeps his word. When God makes a promise, we can count on it being fulfilled.
This is such a great assurance to us as we read the many promises he has made to his children. He has promised to help us and to sustain us in our trials. He will not allow more on us than we can handle and will always give us a way of escaping the evil and doing what is right. When faced with trouble, we can go to him in prayer and he will hear us. And when we don’t know how to say what we feel in our hearts, he will give us the Holy Spirit to read our hearts and put it into words for us. And the list of his promises goes on and on.
One of the greatest promises he has made is the forgiveness and redemption that is found in Jesus. He will present us holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation if we continue in our faith and our hope in the gospel.
O Lord my God, how wonderful and holy is your name in all the earth. Keep me from ever using your name in vain or in a flippant way. Thank you that Jesus has been given the name above all names and thank you that you have made me a part of your family so I can share the name of your family also. Help me live in such a way to always bring glory to your name and to never allow my life to bring reproach on you. Give me courage and wisdom to reach out to others and share your wonderful salvation in Jesus. I ask a special blessing of faith and strength on those who are serving you in difficult places. I pray in the name of Jesus.