When I was growing up, I remember singing a gospel hymn that began: “True-hearted, whole-hearted, faithful and loyal.” It went on to remind us that our God has always been faithful and true to the promises. I looked for the hymn, but didn’t find it – I’m sure it’s in a book somewhere. I just remember it felt like a marching hymn that was a reminder of all that God has done for us.
In the midst of the very long Psalm 119, is a verse that says, “Thy promise is well tried, and thy servant loves it.” In other words: You, O God, have always followed through on the promises you’ve made to me.
There have probably been times in my life when God of my life has been frustrated with me. There have certainly been times in my life when I have wondered (like the Psalmist) where God is in the midst of trying times. But always, always, always God has been there faithful and true.
That’s quite a claim. I don’t know of any people who can claim that. And friends, it is that God whose promises are true and faithful that we are called to serve. We are to be true-hearted for our God. We are to be faithful and loyal to the God of love and mercy and grace. We are to serve others around us and share that love with them.
That’s what we are called to do!