As a teenager I babysat for many different children. Fifty years later I hardly remember them all. But there’s one little boy I won’t forget. It’s because of his love for negotiation. Didn’t matter what, bedtime, snack time, pajama time, we negotiated. And often when the time came to do what we had agreed upon, he would say, “Carol, I forgot to tell you. I had my fingers crossed behind my back.” And so it began again.
Psalm 89 tells us about God’s gracious promises to David. Not made because of negotiation or David’s wonderful behaviour and faithfulness. They are promises made because of who God is. And when it comes time to claim them, David won’t have to worry that God’s fingers were out of sight and crossed.
In a world where there are so many things we thought we could count on only to discover they are unreliable, unethical or distorted, it is a wondrous thing to know God’s love is enduring. It’s that kind of love that allows us to be faithful, too.
Auditor of the human heart, you never stoop to negotiations to maintain relationships. Instead, you open wide your hands to encourage us to open our hearts. Amen. — CJ