Song: Yes and Amen
You may have heard the quote “The only constant is change” at some point in your life. I usually hear this phrase in response to someone talking about how circumstances around them have changed. When we look at our own lives, it’s easy to see how this would be true. Circumstances change all the time. This can often lead us to feeling overwhelmed or worn out trying to always adapt to the newest thing. Just think about all the rules that have been laid out regarding COVID: we’ve jumped between social distancing and not social distancing, wearing masks and not wearing masks, quarantining and not quarantining. I don’t say this to spark any kind of political debate, just to point out that we are in the midst of a pandemic that requires us to adapt on the go. When I am dealing with a lot of change or uncertainty, I look for something that can act as an anchor, something I can trust to be unchanging and provide stability. God is that very thing. He is unchanging and His word is unchanging. When He makes a promise, we can rest assured that it will be so, because He is faithful. That is what this song talks about.
“Father of kindness, You have poured out grace
You brought me out of darkness, You have filled me with peace
Giver of mercy, You’re my help in time of need
Lord I can’t help but sing”
I love how the verses start with us declaring some things God is: Father of kindness and Giver of mercy. Each of these descriptions are then followed by things that God has done for us. You have poured out grace, You brought me out of darkness. See these words from Ephesians, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;” (Ephesians 2:4-8, NASB) You have filled me with peace always reminds me of John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” (NASB) This is one of my favorite verses. Not only does Jesus promise to give us peace, but He promises to give us His peace. And not only does Jesus promise to give us His peace, but it is a peace that the world doesn’t give. He is the only source of this true peace. You’re my help in time of need. See these opening words from Psalm 46, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1, NASB) God calls us to Him. Jesus called those who are weary to come to Him and He promised to give them rest. God doesn’t expect us to have the strength to live this life on our own. In fact, He knows that we can’t truly live the life we were created to live on our own strength. But He will give us the strength to do what we are called to do.
“Faithful, You are, Faithful, forever You will be
Faithful, You are
All Your promises are Yes and Amen
All Your promises are Yes and Amen”
There are so many verses that talk about the faithfulness of God (1 Corinthians 10:13, 1 John 1:9, 2 Timothy 2:13, etc.) but I want to focus on Hebrews 10:23. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;” (NASB) We hold true (or fast) the promises of God because He is faithful. We know from our own lives that God is always faithful to His word. Then, we look at 2 Corinthians 1:20. “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (NIV) I don’t know the exact number, but I know there are MANY prophecies in the Old Testament about the future Messiah (Isaiah 4:17, Isaiah 53, Psalm 16:10, and many more) and Jesus fulfills all of them. All the promises of God about the future Messiah came true in one man: Jesus Christ. Some more examples of God’s promises being fulfilled are Deuteronomy 4:29, “‘But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul…’” (NASB) We see this later reiterated by Jesus in Matthew 7, “‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened…’” (Matthew 7:7-8, NASB) I could give several more examples, but the point I am trying to illustrate is that we can trust God when He says something. His promises are not like promises we make, that could be flippant, but are rock-solid and true.
“Beautiful Savior, You have brought me near
You pulled me from the ashes, You have broken every curse
Blessed Redeemer, You have set this captive free
Lord I can’t help but sing”
Again, the lines of the verses start with us declaring who God is and following it with things He has done for us. Jesus, our beautiful Savior, paid the price for our souls through His death on the cross. By doing this, He gave us the ability to come directly to God as opposed to being separated because of our sins (see Matthew 27:51). Throughout the Bible, people wore sackcloth and ashes whenever they would repent of a sin or mourn over something. Ashes signify ruin, much like after a fire. Sin has marred the world, but when Jesus died for us, He redeemed us and freed us from our bondage to sin and death. “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” (Romans 8:1-2, NASB) Praise God for setting us free from sin and death!
“I will rest in Your Promises
My confidence is Your faithfulness”
“God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:9, NASB) We can rest assured in the promises of God, knowing they will come true. Our confidence that His promises will come true is God’s faithfulness in our past, and in the past of the world. It sounds very simple, because it should be. I’m not saying that we will never be uncertain or that it won’t be hard to trust some of the promises of God, but that is on our end. Maybe we have been burned by people too many times so we project those betrayals onto God and assume He will behave the same way. Maybe we have been in a season of waiting for an answer to a prayer for so long we believe He has stopped moving. But when those moments arise, look to your past. See God’s faithfulness to you and trust that He will be faithful in the future.
God the Father, I thank You for Your faithfulness.
Help me to trust Your word and know that You are always faithful.
Jesus the Son, I thank You for fulfilling the prophecies in the Old Testament, including dying in my place.
Help me to always rejoice for my salvation.
Holy Spirit, I thank You for indwelling me and interceding in prayer on my behalf, with Jesus.
Continue to make me more into the person God created me to be.
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You are faithful, now and forever.