Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation. Psalm 91:14-16
Some of my favorite moments in Scripture are when we get to see God speak in the first person. I feel like those of us who are walking with Christ always wonder what God would say about us. We read bits and pieces throughout Scripture of people revealing what God says about us, but it is always special when we can hear from God in the first person.
I can recall growing up in a church where there was such an emphasis on needing to hear from God. As I continued to walk with God, I was reminded time and time again about the importance of the Bible. It finally clicked one day how God has been talking to me, every single time I open up His Word. As I read through its pages, God’s voice is getting through to me. So, when I stumble across God speaking in the first person, I always get so hyped.
This section of Psalm 91 reveals some important words from God about us. I mean, the promises we see in here are pretty great and encouraging.
God promises to deliver us and to protect us. He promises to always answer our call. He promises to be with us when we are in trouble. He promises to rescue us and even honor us. Finally, He will satisfy us and show us His salvation. I do not know about you, but this is a pretty loaded list of great promises for God’s people.
While the promises are great, it is important to notice the beginning words before the list of promises starts. “Because he holds fast to me in love…” This reveals we have a decision to make before the promises start.
The decision is to hold fast to God in love. The New Living Testament writes it this way, “I will rescue those who love me…”
This makes sense, right? There is no way someone would freely give all those gifts unless they truly loved someone. Certainly, God loves us, and He lavishes such awesome gifts upon us. But we have to make the decision to love Him back.
All of God’s promise are available to anyone, but it’s when we CHOOSE to love God that we get to actually step in and experience these promises.
God does not force Himself upon us, nor does He demand that we love Him. It all comes down to our choice. It is crazy to look back on my life and think of how God’s goodness became available to me just by the choice to consider who Jesus is, and see His love for me.
I will say it has not always been easy to keep walking with God. A misconception we often have is the idea that walking with God makes our life run smoothly. This is not true. I have had some of my toughest days since starting my walk with Jesus. I have had loss of loved ones, struggles financially, being hurt by others and anything else you can think of.
So, why do I keep walking with Jesus? Because of all the promises mentioned above, and more. No matter what life has been like, Jesus has not changed. He is still good, He still loves me, and He still has better planned for me. When we make the choice to hold fast to God in love, we make the choice to rest in His promises. We will not always have everything we want and desire, but we will always have what we need.
When we make the choice to hold fast to God in love, we are demonstrating to Him we trust Him and need Him. As we learn to trust and need Him, we see just how evident His promises are to us. Some days we do not need to remember all the promises, we just need to remember He loves us and He is faithful.
Reread the list of God’s promises mentioned in today’s passage. Which promise do you need to trust and experience in your life right now?
Have you ever held fast in love to God? How tough is it to make the decision to love God every single moment?
Spend time today choosing to love God. As you spend time in the Bible, prayer and worship, you will see how the choice begins to truly influence your heart and life
Father, thank you for choosing me and for giving me Your incredible promises. I pray my heart will learn to hold fast to You in love. You are always worth the choice, not because of what You promise but because You adopted me as Your child. Bind my wandering heart to You, Father. I love You and pray in Your Holy Name, Amen.
PC3 writer Davy Nance wrote today’s devotional.