“Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; 19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. 20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. 21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. 22 Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.” Psalm 33.18-22
As I read these words this morning, my heart was overwhelmed one more time with the goodness of God to His children. Can we just review in our minds the things of which the psalmist reminds us in this passage?
“Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him … ” I have explained in other blogs what it means to fear the Lord, but for those who may have missed it, here it is again. This word “fear” is not a reference to one who trembles in a fearful way that God will for some reason punish him arbitrarily. It literally means to stand in awe of who God is. To be awed by His presence to such an extent that we want to love and serve Him.
We would all acknowledge that God is watching us, but has that knowledge changed how we live, when we realize that we are always in His presence. The next phrase says: “upon them that hope in his mercy;” I would much rather hope in His mercy than tremble at His justice.
“Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.” I think we all agree that “waiting” is better than “getting ahead” of the Lord. Why wait? “he is our help and our shield.”
“our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.” What causes us to rejoice? Our trust “in his holy name.”
Finally, “Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.” God’s mercy TO us seems to be linked to our hope IN Him. Aren’t we glad that His faithfulness to us in NEVER dependent upon our faithfulness to Him? Just my thoughts …