If you are a believer, you are aware of God’s love and faithfulness to us. It is legend, spoken of throughout the Bible and displayed through many historical accounts, parables and psalms. There is a popular hymn titled, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”, which highlights how reliable God is and how he is relentless in his love and true to his promises. We depend on his faithfulness, and maybe, at times, we take it for granted. But have you ever considered that God desires our faithfulness as well? As a matter of fact, the Bible explains that when we love God back, and are faithful to him, it makes a huge difference in our relationship with him. Psalm 91, verses 14 through 16 says:
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
Jesus says, “if you love me, you will keep my commands”. And the words of God reflected in this psalm explains that if we love him, he will return our faithfulness with love that manifests itself into action. It says that God will rescue us, protect us, answer us when we pray to him, honor us, and it even says that he will give us long life. All of this, while continuing to hold us close to him. If you think about it, it makes sense. When someone returns your love, doesn’t it inspire you to perform acts of love on them? The same can be said about our God.
Psalm 91 shows how God responds to those who love him; to those who are faithful to him. He lavishes them with love that manifests itself into blessings and promises. God is a living being, with feelings and desires. The Bible tells us that God is jealous for us. And like us, when his feelings of love are returned, it only makes him love us all the more. So I encourage you to remember that yes, you can disappoint God when you disobey him, but you can also stir his love for you when you are faithful to him.