Psalm 145 is a beautiful psalm, full of praise to the Lord. It calls on us to praise the Lord every day, for He is worthy of praise. He has done wonderful and amazing things for us and all His creation, demonstrating His love and care in so many ways. When we’re troubled, meditating on who He is and what He’s done puts our minds at ease. And this psalm instructs us to teach our children about who God is and what He’s done.

My attention was drawn especially to verse 13: “The Lord always keeps His promises.” How many promises has God made? Bible scholars have come up with various numbers—even suggesting there may be as many as 30,000! So, to try to list them all would take a long time! But however many there are, we can be certain that, as 1 Kings 8:56 says, “Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises He gave through His servant Moses.”

Some promises are for everyone, some for specific people, and some for the nation of Israel. Still others are for believers in Jesus. (It seems to me those are especially worthy of my attention.) Let me share just a few:

“I will never leave you or forsake you.” (Deut. 31:6, NLT)

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7, NLT)

“And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him.” (1 John 5:14, NLT)

“The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10, NLT)

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27, NLT)

“Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in Me. There is more than enough room in My Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with Me where I am.” (John 14:1-3, NLT)

I could go on and on—but I would never find a promise from God that He hasn’t already kept—or won’t keep! Because God always keeps His promises! So be encouraged!

by Darrel Eppler, Chairman of the Elder Board

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