Having called us to praise God, to thank Him and bless His name, the psalmist in Psalm 100:5 gives us the reason why He is worthy of our praise. He writes, "For the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.''
Take note of the fact that he speaks of God's goodness, and then explains that this goodness consists in God's mercy and faithfulness. His mercy covers the whole realm of our salvation. Most of the time the word here translated ''mercy'' is translated as ''kindness'' or "loving kindness.'' This covers all the work that God performed for us in Christ, the Son of His love. His faithfulness is that virtue which makes our salvation so very, very sure. Now back of that faithfulness is His almighty power, because of which He can do as He pleases. Thus behind His faithfulness is the truth that He is God, upon Whom every creature depends for every breath of life. We cannot bless His name more fully than to say that He is God.
Because of God's faithfulness we can sing sincerely:
For gracious and good is the Lord,
His mercy to us never ends;
His faithfulness, true to His Word,
Through ages unending extends.
Be careful then that you do not complain today about any of God's works. Grumbling does not become a child of God. Singing His praises does. And fear for the future will never bring forth joyful singing of thankfulness to God. Unshaken faith in God, as one Whose truth endureth for ever, will produce thanksgiving.
Good and faithful is our God; and our calling is to be good, in that we bless His name and praise Him with thanksgiving and in that we are faithful in coming into His house on the Sabbath with joy in our hearts and songs on our lips that praise Him.
If we come that way to God's house, we will, after meeting Him, go home even happier than we were when we came. Before you leave home next Sabbath, and on your way to church, think of God's everlasting mercy.
Read: Psalm 136
Psalter versification: 269:4
Devotions on the Heidelberg Catechism
Song for Meditation: Psalter #18
Through the Bible in One Year
Leviticus 20:22-27 ; Leviticus 21 ; Leviticus 22:1-16
Quote for Reflection:
O. Palmer Robertson: "No return to the old form of temple, priesthood, and ritual is possible. The perfections of Christ’s priestly ministry in the heavenly sanctuary of the new covenant can never be replaced or augmented by the weaknesses of the shadowy, temporally and spatially limited service of the old covenant. If a third temple were ever erected in Jerusalem on Mount Zion, it would not open a way of access to God. The priesthood of Jesus Christ in the heavenly temple of the new covenant is perpetual and eternal, and none of the earthly forms of the old covenant can replace or supplement it" (The Israel of God, pp. 72-73).