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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 forever!
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. Smith, D.D.
September 20, 2020

 

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