In the Lord my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. Psalm 28:7
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Luke 2:20
Are you a person of your word? If you say so, will it be so? If you know someone whose word you are not able to trust, you know how important it is to be trustworthy. Faithfulness is the gift of God. God had spoken over the centuries about his plan and purpose for Israel. First it was Abraham’s call, and the promise that through his seed all the nations of the earth would be blessed. Then Israel’s deliverance from Egypt brings another promise of God into view.
The saga of the nation of Israel played out in the rule of judges, prophets, and kings. Along the way God made promises of deliverance and salvation. All of those promises were fulfilled in the birth of our Savior, Jesus the Messiah.
The history of Israel is adorned with the praises and prayers of people who believed the promises and warnings of God. Abraham, Samuel, David, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and many others relied on God’s character and faithfulness, and gave witness themselves to what God had promised.
Add to that impressive list of witnesses the shepherds who witnessed the birth of the Savior. The were told about Jesus’ birth and how they would recognize the child. Once they saw for themselves they voiced their praise to God. For they had seen God’s faithfulness on display.
If we too blithely offer our praises to God – in obvious denial of the difficulty we face our praise will not ring true. If we have a shallow and easy-answer faith, our witness will be frail and weak. If, however, our faith has been tried in the fires of suffering our witness. will be stronger and more substantial.
Praise is easy when we have experienced dramatic deliverance. When the illness has been turned back, or the prayer has been answered in miraculous ways, we readily give God the glory. Faithfulness in the day-to-day dealings of life point to a deep foundation of faith. When our word can be trusted, our praise will ring true, and will surely inspire others to trust in God.