Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?
This is a lamentation of finding faithful men, including looking at the guy in the mirror. It appears another instance of intense self-examination by Solomon.
The sad part of reading this scripture is that I immediately want to apply it outward, towards other guys. “Look!! Crowing about his steadfast love but I know/suspect he is not faithful. Oh, God: Please bring faithful guys….”
I’ve prayed that way too many times over the years. Sometimes in faithful prayer; sometimes in complete and intentional ignorance that God is whispering to me about my own faithlessness… I have crowed about myself: In my heart; out loud; in the light and in the dark. It is not about “proclaiming my steadfast love” it is about doing those things that authenticate being a faithful man.
Example: I can proclaim my love to my wife—loudly, profusely, with passion and enthusiasm. But if I am not following it up with faithful action, action that can be observed, counted, and witnessed, then there is a question about my proclamation, isn’t there?
Same with my Walk: If I am not doing the things that can be counted and witnessed, then there may be a flag thrown about my faithfulness. Paul writes this to Timothy: “Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.” (1 Timothy 4:15 ESV)
Father: I want to be counted a faithful man—not to those looking inward to me but before You and only You. Folks may/will see and I should not be ashamed. Please protect me from practicing righteousness just to be seen and applauded. Help me to act in such a way as to bring glory to You and for others to bring glory to you as well. I want my proclamation to match my faithfulness—this is something only You can bring. Please, Father: Make it so. AMEN.