Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope. Psalm 119:116
Christ said, “Look, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” Revelation 3:8
When I was in 5th grace I experienced the wind being knocked out of me. I was sitting on a branch of a tree, perhaps 10 feet up when suddenly the branch gave way. I fell immediately to the ground. My feet buckled under me, and I sad down hard on the ground. Fortunately, while I did get the wind knocked out of me, I regained my breath fairly quickly. But it was a sudden and stunning. I hadn’t given any thought to whether the branch would hold me, and it didn’t.
Perhaps you’ve had a similar experience of being let down by someone emotionally or in other ways. A friend suddenly withdrew his support. An employer suddenly hands you a pink slip. Your trip to the doctor for a routine physical turns into a diagnosis of a grave disease.
Falling out of a tree is one thing. Being let down by a friend is another. Far worse, however, would be being put to shame by God. If God were to take back his promises the results would be much more horrific. If we stake our eternal wellbeing on God’s word and promises, the stakes are dramatically high.
God’s promises are profound and far-reaching. He promises that our sins are forgiven for Jesus’ sake. He promises that he hears us when we pray. He promises that he has overcome sin, death, and the devil. He promises that the fullest life is lived in service to others. He promises that anything sacrifice for his sake will be paid back in the life of the world to come. He promises that his word will not return to him without accomplishing its purpose. He promises that his word is absolutely true and completely reliable. He promises that hope centered in him will never be disappointed.
All of life and hope in God is reliable. We who keep his word and uphold his truth will never be put to shame.