To be loyal is 1: unswerving in allegiance: a: faithful in allegiance to one's lawful sovereign or government b: faithful to a private person to whom fidelity is due c: faithful to a cause, ideal, custom, institution, or product.
The word loyalty is synonymous with the word fidelity - to be faithful. Under the word fidelity I found that it implies strict and continuing faithfulness to an obligation, trust, or duty. And that loyalty implies a faithfulness that is steadfast in the face of any temptation to renounce, desert, or betray.
SO when God says that He delights in loyalty he means more than us being kind/good. He desires us to have an unswerving allegiance to him that remains steadfast (firmly fixed in place) in the face of temptation.
SO Israel's sin (at least one of them) was that they were no longer devoted to God. They were no longer steadfast in what they believed and were easily influenced by the nations around them. They were not loyal or faithful to God.
BUT WHY? Why would God's chosen people no longer be faithful to a God who had been so faithful to them. Why are we so easily influenced by the world around us and are no longer faithful? The answer is in verse 1 there is no knowledge of God!!! They had no knowledge of who God was. Today we also have lost the knowledge of who God is!
Many say they believe in God, they follow God and yet they don't KNOW him. They have no real desire to study His word or to know the heart of who He is.
We have become a nation, and in many cases, a church that no longer knows the true living God? And what is even more heart breaking is that they don't even want to know the true God!! They are completely satisfied with a watered down version of truth.
How the heart of God must break!
This my most beloved sisters is why we must continue to encourage one another to be women of GOD’S TRUTH. We need to teach women how to study the word and know God for themselves!! We need to be unafraid to preach the TRUE Gospel of Jesus found in the written Word of God.
Oh God I pray that I might be more devoted to you. I pray that my loyalty would increase. Draw me into an ever deepening knowledge of who You are! Help me to be bold and speak Your truth in a world that is no longer interested in truth.