Faithful works.

Praise the Lord.
I will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly.
Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.
He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever—
holy and awesome is his name.
— Psalm 111

“The works of his hands are faithful.”

I just love that his works are characterized as faithful. It’s something so foreign, something I can’t even wrap my mind around because I have never experienced another person’s perfectly faithful works.

For me, faithfulness is exemplified over a long stretch of time. It’s not a one-time thing. It doesn’t fade. It remains.

His works aren’t one-time, temporary, or instantaneous.

His works are creating a masterpiece, one that requires diligence. The masterpiece ultimately depicts the glory of God.

But it doesn’t have to wait until it’s finished to begin doing so.

Michelangelo spent four years painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Before he was completely done, it was revealed – and people marveled at it.

Often, I want to see (from my human perspective) God working in my life right now.

But to see faithfulness, you often need perspective.

If his works are faithful, then I’m going to see them woven into my life.

I may have trouble seeing them from where I’m standing, but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t faithful and he isn’t working.