I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
(Psalm 138:2 NKJV)
There is something amazing about fellowshipping with people over a meal. I recently had the pleasure of having dinner with a well-respected minister of the Gospel. Because of the logistical challenges, we decided to meet where he was staying during his brief time in town and then search for a restaurant. We found a quaint place in a small but historic town on an unusually mild February evening. The food was good but what was most enjoyable was being in each other’s presence and sharing about how good he Lord has been to us. During the dinner, he began to share about the importance of keeping one’s word. He shared that without your word being true and trustworthy, you are nothing. Your reputation is based upon your word. As he shared, I began to remember that when I was growing up, countless people from the prior generation would tell me to always keep my word. They would say, “Your word is your bond” and “Do not promise anything that you do not intend to do”. Additionally, my father always taught me to keep my word and to “be a man of integrity”. This belief in the importance of your word seems to be lost today but it is something that we need to recapture.
My friend, who is full of wisdom, began to take the conversation to a new level when he said, “Did you know that God values His word above His Name?” When he asked that question, I had one of those moment where you pause to think about the question asked and whether it was a trick question. My mind raced through the scriptures to try to pinpoint what he was referencing. I am sure he saw my expression and knew I was trying to come up with an answer! He continued by saying, “the Bible says that God has magnified His word above His name. Therefore, the word that He speaks is reliable! People talk about the Names of God, which are important, but they do not focus on the importance God places on keeping His word. We, especially Christians, should keep our word also. We should do what we say we are going to do. That in itself is a witness to the world.”
I sat back at the table and thought, “Wow!” If God looks at His word as being that important then we, as His Children, should also care about our word. We should reflect on how often we keep the promises we speak. Do we commit to things knowing that we do not have any intention on keeping the commitment? We should all commit to James 5:12 where he tells us that our “yes” should mean “yes” and our “no” should mean “no”. Take time to think about this and make the necessary changes in your life.
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