“I have not kept the news of salvation to myself;
I have always spoken of your faithfulness and help. In the assembly of all your people I have not been silent about your loyalty and constant love”.
Ps 40:10 GNB
The faith of the community of God’s people, comprising the Jews of the Bible and the Christian church, focuses on many things. One of the features is the written record of events and messages – the Bible. Another feature is the community itself, its structure, worship and practices. Then there are the buildings that have been erected to house the worship activities down the centuries. Another feature is the interaction between the faith community and the surrounding society. Another is the lifestyle generated by the teaching of the community.
But by far the supreme feature is the God this ongoing community has related to. The psalmist who composed Psalm 40 told his testimony, not to draw attention to himself, but to what God had done in his life. This was merely one moment in God’s activity. It highlighted his ongoing love, mercy, grace and justice. And that was what his, the psalmist’s, story was all about. It was about God and him alone. Central to everything else in the Old Testament is God and his dealings with his people.
And central to everything in the New Testament is God’s greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord and Saviour. That fact rises above the turmoil of the earth like a lighthouse flashing in a stormy sea. Everything else is subservient and secondary to God’s eternal love. It all points to that. For that will still be the one enduring feature when heaven and earth have passed away.
Lord, help us always to focus on your eternal love.
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