What is the deepest foundation of God’s faithfulness?

For the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake,

because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself.  1 Samuel 12:22

 John Piper comments:

We should learn from this how faithful God is to his own name. Look at verse 22: “It has pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself.” What is the deepest foundation of God’s faithfulness? His allegiance to his own name. His jealousy and zeal for his own glory. Read the verse slowly and thoughtfully: “The LORD will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake.” It does not say for “their great name’s sake” but for his great name’s sake. God is totally committed to upholding the worth and truth and righteousness of his own name. So stories like this are in the Bible to teach us that God’s ways are governed by an infinite wisdom guided by the infinite worth of the name of God.


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