Thursday, May 27, 2010

Standing on the Promises


People make all kinds of promises, often times without thinking about what they are even committing to. Well, that is probably at least in part because we often have so cheapened the idea of a promise.


Nevertheless I was thinking earlier today of the words of the old Hymn, "Standing on the Promises." It's not one that we sing at The Orchard Church, but my wife and I have sung it with our children during our family worship time, and the truth of the words come back to me often.


Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring!
Glory in the highest I will shout and sing
Standing on the promises of God.


Standing on the promises that cannot fail
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail;
By the living word of God I shall prevail
Standing on the promises of God


Standing on the promises I cannot fall
Listening every moment to the Spirit's call,
Resting in my Savior as my all in all
Standing on the promises of God.


How incredible it is that the God of the universe has made promises to me, and that unlike the cheap and thoughtless promises that are sometimes brandished around, that His promise is faithful and true (in fact that is His very name!).


Yet it seems almost equally incredible that many professing followers of Jesus live defeated lives, utterly unaware of the splendor of these promises. Why? Because we have failed to make the effort to mine the treasures of the living word of God.


As the summer warms up why not take time this month to grab your Bible, a notebook and a pen and to read through one of the New Testament Epistles (or all of them) and to prayerfully ask God to plant His promises in your heart. Then write them down in your notebook. Another idea is to slowly read through the book of Ephesians, and as you read chapters 1-3 to replace the words "you" and "our" with the personal pronouns "I" and "me". While this isn't the best Bible Study technique, it will help you to see what just what it is that God has proclaimed to be true concerning each of His children.


My prayer for you this month is that you would know, that all the promises of God find their Yes in him (Jesus). That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. (2 Cor 1:20).

Whatever storm you may face this summer, stand on His promises!