Of Inspiration From Our Pastor
I have written
this week with the Lord's help about "God's Faithfulness
to His Church." The scripture text for this article comes
from the book of Psalms. This book is a collection of Hebrew
poetry setting forth praise and worship and describing spiritual
experiences of the Jewish people. The book of Psalms was and
is the inspired prayer and praise book used in the temple
and the synagogue worship of the Jews. Psalm 89 is one of
the national hymns of Judah. This Psalm speaks to God in prayer,
praise, thanksgiving, and song for his faithfulness to his
people in the past the present, and in the future. The author
of Psalm 89 is Ethan, the Ezrahite. He was a singer in the
temple. (I Chronicles 15:19) says = So the singers, Heman,
Asaph, and Ethan, were appointed to sound with cymbals of
brass. It was David, the king of Israel, who spake to the
chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be singers
with instruments of musick, psalteries and harps and cymbals,
sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy, as they left the
house of Obededom with joy, and carried the ark of the covenant
to the city of David. Read: (I Chronicles 15:16-25).
For this Pastor's Desk, we want to focus our attention upon
the scripture text for this article found in (Psalm 89:5-8)
which says = And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD:
the faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints. For
who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among
the sons of the mighty can be likened not the LORD? God is
greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to
be had in reverence of all them that are about him. O LORD
God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto thee? or to thy
faithfulness round about thee? Ethan the Ezrahite, asked those
individuals who read these verses in Psalm 89; Is there anyone
in heaven, or among the sons of the mighty who can be likened
unto the Lord? The answer is nobody! Is there anyone who is
strong as the Lord, or is as full of faithfulness as the Lord?
The answer is nobody! God is full of faithfulness. He has
enough faithfulness in his character and attributes to last
forever. (Psalm 89: 1, 2) says = I will sing of the mercies
of the lord for ever: with my mouth I will make known they
faithfulness to all generations. For I have said, Mercy shall
be built up for ever; thy faithfulness shalt thou establish
the very heavens. Faithfulness is one of the fourteen things
which are parts of his character, his nature, and attributes
as they are expressed in the Bible.
1) God is a spirit. (John 4:24)
2) God is eternal. (Psalm 90: 1, 2)
3) God is self-existing. (Isaiah 44:6)
4) God is holy. (Leviticus 19:2)
5) God is just. (Zephaniah 3:5)
6) God is merciful. (Psalm 103:8)
7) God is longsuffering. (II Peter 3:9)
8) God is faithful.* (Deuteronomy 7:9)
9) God is truthful. (Deuteronomy 32:4)
10)God is unchangeable. (Psalm 102:26, 27)
11)God is love. (I John 4:16)
12)God is omniscient.
(all knowing) (I John 3:20)
13)God is omnipresent.
(always present) (Psalm 139:7-10)
14)God is omnipotent.
(all powerful) (Psalm 66:5-7)
(Psalm 119:90) says = Thy
faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established
the earth, and it abideth. God's faithfulness will also abide
As we bring this article to a close, we want to take some
time to reflect upon God's Faithfulness to His Church, namely
Zion Temple First Pentecostal Church. This month we are celebrating
our church anniversary. (1920-2020) 100 years of existence
here in Cincinnati, OH. Our church is the mother church of
the city of Cincinnati (First Pentecostal Church). We wish
that we could have done the programs and things we had planned
for this year, but that was not possible because of the COVID-19
virus; but we still want to shine the spotlight upon God's
faithfulness to us for 100 years. God has been and is loyal
to us. In the early part of our church history, the church
changed locations several times, but wen we moved, God moved
with us. His presence was there; we could always depend on
him to help us whenever we needed him. God has been and is
reliable concerning us for 100 years. We could always count
on him to be faithful in fulfilling his good promises to his
church. God is a covenant keeper! He loves Zion Temple First
Pentecostal Church. God has been and is truthworthy concerning
us for 100 years. We can put our trust and confidence in God.
He will uphold his church with the right hand of his power.
He will never fail or let us down. God is a faithful God!
Read: (Deuteronomy 7:9). We thank God and give him glory for
His Faithfulness to His Church!
Suffragan Bishop Charles L.
September 20, 2020