For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.
Few things in life are a “sure thing.” We may make decisions or choices with a high degree of confidence but there is always the possibility that things won’t turn out as expected. So many of our “sure things” ultimately end in disappointment.
In a failed relationship it is not uncommon to hear, “I thought he was the right one for me. I thought he would always love me.” Remember when your boss told you, “My door is always open?” In reality the door was seldom open and even if it was he really didn’t care about what you had to say. Then there’s the co-worker who declares, “I’m here for you. I’ve got your back.” Later on down the road that same person throws you under the bus. Do you recall the promise you were given when you bought your new car? “We always stand behind our work.” Then something breaks and you try to get it fixed. That’s when you learn that the only way they’ll stand behind their work is if you pay them an exorbitant amount of money.
Not long ago, I recall a news story in which people were lamenting the loss of their retirement funds. The financial institutions in whom they had placed their trust had failed. Many others bought nice homes during the housing boom only to lose them when the economy collapsed. What looked like fulfillment of a dream turned out to be a nightmare.
The writer of Psalm 33 wants us to know that, despite all of life’s disappointments and uncertainties, there is something that is completely reliable. He tells us that “the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.” God’s word is a sure thing, and he is faithful, completely trustworthy, in all things and in all ways.
God speaks things into being. “He spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.” (v9) His word is the final word. It’s as sure today as it will be tomorrow.
Unlike man, God’s plans and purposes are unwavering, never change, and will always come to fruition. The psalmist declares, “The plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” (v11)
The sure things of man are fragile and will ultimately fail. “No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength.” (v16) The greatest empires of antiquity are long gone. What once was thought to be invincible is no more. Military might, monetary strength, great nations, and powerful leaders rise and fall but God never changes. Today’s sure thing is tomorrow’s disappointment. Only God remains eternally great and mighty, always right and true, unchanging and unchangeable.
The only thing that remains consistent through all of history, and the only thing still in existence that has never changed is God and His work among men. In verse 18 of Psalm 33, we are told, “The eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.” The same God who was at work in the lives of His people since the earliest of days is at work in your life today. His miracles have not lost their power. His word has not lost its meaning. And the Lord’s wisdom has not been outmoded. He hasn’t changed His mind on what He expects from His followers: “The LORD loves righteousness and justice.” And His love has not changed or weakened even in the slightest. “The earth is full of his unfailing love.”
As mere mortals we will always experience disappointment because our human condition makes us imperfect. Only God is perfect, and only He can give us that which is completely and eternally reliable. Only God is a sure thing.
Isn’t it amazing to think that the same power that worked in Abraham, Joseph, King David, the Apostles, and any of the great characters of the Bible is available to you today? Your broker may be out of business and you may be out of work…but God’s light is still on. His business is still flourishing, and it will never fail.
In Matthew 28:20, Jesus made a promise that is, in fact, a sure thing, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Whatever you face, whatever you are up against, and no matter how difficult the challenge…Jesus is with you. You are not alone. Man and the institutions of man will fail you, but Jesus never will. The Lord is the one sure thing in life you can always count on.
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