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Our Psalm as we end the season of Advent points us back to what we have seen throughout the year. God’s faithfulness endures forever. In Psalm 89 God’s faithfulness is for all generations. It is established in the heavens. It lasts forever. There is nothing at all in the created order which would stop God from being faithful.
There are times when we are tempted to think of God’s everlasting mercy and grace as only theoretical. We think the Lord may be gracious, but not in this situation or that one. We see evil in the world. We see suffering. We find those who have lost parents, lost children, lost their livelihood. We wonder where God’s mercy might be.
All these struggles are real. However, they are limited to this life, in this world, the world of mortality. In God’s everlasting mercy, his faithfulness to every generation, we are ushered to a reality which is outside of ourselves. Across the generations, across the whole of time and space, the one eternal, everlasting God is there. And he is the one who can show his wonders.
Is God’s faithfulness real? It most certainly is. And one day we will realize that. In the meantime, we look to him in faith, expecting that he will bring to completion all that he has started. Thanks be to the faithful God.
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