You've never failed me yet...
“Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You’ve never failed me yet”
“Therefore say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: None of my words will be delayed any longer; whatever I say will be fulfilled, declares the Sovereign Lord.’” Ezekiel 12:28
The word “yet” leaves room for doubt.
In the context of the song, “Do It Again” by Elevation Worship, “yet” can make people uncomfortable; because even though we know that God will never fail us, our humanity wrestles with what is to come.Although not an external battle, it is an internal struggle to redefine the word “yet.” The thing about this three letter word is that it is the reality of our faith because we cannot see what our future holds. We have to trust who God has been to inform who He will continue to be.
Our humanity does not have any concept of eternity, because all we can fathom is what we can tangibly experience. So, when the writers of this song include the word “yet” after saying that God has never failed, it is a reflection of our human hearts and minds. We cannot understand the perfection of our Heavenly Father because we exist in an imperfect world. The world will not experience perfection again until God recreates the world when Jesus returns. But until then – faith.
About two months ago, I was doing my devotions while sitting in bed, and the topic for that day’s devotional was: “It’s okay to be human.” That reminded me of that word “yet” in this song. On the first few listens, some people are skeptical about it, wondering if it’s okay to say yet when talking about a God who keeps His promises.I was reminded of my humanity – how many times a promise was broken, how many times my heart has been shattered by random things, etc. – and how humans cannot comprehend someone being incapable of breaking any promises EVER. We are constantly reminded of our humanity when we see those around us breaking promises or when we do the same.
God, however, does not break any promises He makes because of His nature. Because we don’t see the future, we can add on the “yet,” saying we’re holding on in faith because God has YET to fail. It’s taking baby steps toward having the kind of faith that moves mountains.
We are reminded of this kind of faith in the bridge of this song when it says, “I’ve seen You move, come move the mountains, and I believe, I’ll see You do it again.”
THAT is His nature – consistency and faithfulness.
Moral of the story is: YET is not an issue. YET is the honest, human way of being able to understand the overwhelming love of our Creator – not overwhelming because it’s too much, but overwhelming because it’s not like earthly love. This is just another example of our feeble minds shaping the way we view the Almighty King. God knows that we cannot be perfect, therefore we cannot perfectly love. This is why He sent Jesus down to earth in order to love us perfectly. His unexplainable love is the reason we can sing these songs and we can freely worship Him.
Thank You for doing what You say You will do, despite the fact that my human mind cannot comprehend Your Divine faithfulness. Thank You, Jesus, that I do not have to have it all figured out. Thank You for paying the ultimate sacrifice so that I can live. Forgive me for all of the times that I fall short of Your perfection. Thank You for forgiving me and giving me a place at Your table. Remind me to place You at the head of the table. I love you. It’s in your name that I pray, Amen.
By Ashley Tschetter
2019 Worship Intern
Join us as over the next few weeks, Ashley shares what God has placed on her heart about a few of the worship songs we sing here at Hillside. As we take a closer look at the words and meanings, we can lean into what it might look like to worship God in new and deeper ways!