The promise that is not vain


I took the photo above over lunch somewhere in the Icelandic western peninsula earlier this month. We were at our table enjoying our meal overlooking a tall glass window when suddenly the sky painted a rainbow just above this church. What a sight to behold. I took it as a reminder of God’s covenant with the entire humanity. Not only Christians but THE ENTIRE humanity. Forever grateful.

The line, however, is taken from the third verse of the hymn by George Matheson entitled “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go”. I knew this hymn from the devotional I read. I listened to the song and I connected deeply with the beautiful lyrics.

Just so happen this morning my reading lead me to the David’s Song of Praise as written in 2 Samuel 22:1-20 (NIV).

22 David sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield and the horn of my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—
    from violent people you save me.

“I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
    and have been saved from my enemies.
The waves of death swirled about me;
    the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
The cords of the grave coiled around me;
    the snares of death confronted me.

“In my distress I called to the Lord;
    I called out to my God.
From his temple he heard my voice;
    my cry came to his ears.
The earth trembled and quaked,
    the foundations of the heavens shook;
    they trembled because he was angry.
Smoke rose from his nostrils;
    consuming fire came from his mouth,
    burning coals blazed out of it.
10 He parted the heavens and came down;
    dark clouds were under his feet.
11 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
    he soared on the wings of the wind.
12 He made darkness his canopy around him—
    the dark rain clouds of the sky.
13 Out of the brightness of his presence
    bolts of lightning blazed forth.
14 The Lord thundered from heaven;
    the voice of the Most High resounded.
15 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy,
    with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
16 The valleys of the sea were exposed
    and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at the rebuke of the Lord,
    at the blast of breath from his nostrils.

17 “He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
    he drew me out of deep waters.
18 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
    from my foes, who were too strong for me.
19 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
    but the Lord was my support.
20 He brought me out into a spacious place;
    he rescued me because he delighted in me.

As I recite this passage, I can feel the passion of David in praising the Lord for saving him. I can feel from that GOD went all out to defend him! He showcased his sovereignty in every way to rescue David. I was awestruck! How great is our God!

I reflect that once God promised to take control, He would not go in vain. He will act ALL OUT and David himself witnessed that resulting in this powerful song of praise.

I might not today facing a great danger like David was but I believe through every challenges I face, every trials I was put into I could call on my God for He is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer. I am reminded every now and then that His promise is not vain. It is as what it was, is and will be forever and ever.

Soli Deo Gloria.