This morning I have been thinking about the many promises of God that are found within the scriptures. We are often exhorted through both sermon and song to trust God and lay hold of His promises.

As a child, I sang, “Every promise the Book is mine, every chapter every verse every line. All are blessings of His love divine; every promise in the Book is mine.”

As an adult, I sang, “Standing on the promises of Christ my King…Glory in the highest I will shout and sing, standing on the promises of God.”

Now, don’t get me wrong, the Bible is full of incredible promises, promises for every child of God. But, in my book The One Another Project, I emphasize that the promises of God are apprehended by the child of God through obedience to the Word of God. Therefore, we must love the commands of God as well as the promises of God.

The late Keith Green once sang, “If you love the Lord, you will love His will for you. Instead of questions why, there will be praise for all He brings you through. And if you love the Lord, you will love His holy commands. Delight yourself in them, and everything you do will surely stand.”

We live in a day that the blessings and promises of God are heralded from the pulpits in the land. Many times that message is devoid of the fact that the blessings and the promises of God are released by obedience to God’s Holy Word.

There’s another song that speaks to the heart of this matter, “Trust and obey for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.”