The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand (Psalm 37: 23-24).
The poet, Robert Service, said it in The Cremation of Sam McGee: “…a promise made, is a debt unpaid…” I love that line. It says it all; you’re duty bound to keep your word. Hardly a 21st Century mantra. Today’s promises are so conditional. We’re hard put to find an individual or group who keeps a promise when it is no longer expedient. Because of this prevailing atmosphere, it’s difficult to trust—and that includes trusting God and His Word.
Psalm 37 is a hallmark section of Scripture that we return to often for comfort, reassurance, and support. David begins with what could be called the Cycle of Victorious Living: “Fret not; trust in the Lord; delight in Him; commit to Him; wait on Him; fret not.” This continuous cycle is a lifelong buttress for each of us with the ins and outs and ups and downs of daily living.
Psalm 37 continues, I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread…the Lord will not forsake his faithful ones (Psalm 37:25, 28). David began serving God as a teen, and he was as human as any one of us. He had countless victories, but he also had some debilitating, humiliating human disasters. In his old age, David could look back and see that God’s promises were secure, regardless of his own wavering temperament. If God said it; God meant it. God remained constant.
Whatever He has promised, He will do. Look back. He’s been with you all the time, and He will remain with you to the end. He just won’t go away.
God is one whose promises endure.