God is not only intensely aware of the broad scope of history as it unfolds on the earth, He is also attentive to what is happening in the lives of individuals. The psalmist captures the essence of God’s sovereign interest:
The Lord looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men.
From the place of His dwelling He looks
On all the inhabitants of the earth.
He fashions their hearts individually;
He considers all their works.
No king is saved by the multitude of an army;
A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
A horse is a vain hope for safety;
Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy,
To deliver their soul from death,
And to keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.
For our heart shall rejoice in Him,
Because we have trusted in His holy name.
Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us,
Just as we hope in You.
God’s sovereignty prompts a powerful affirmation of faith. The psalmist outlines four identifying characteristics of people of faith. First, they expectantly wait for the Lord’s help. Second, their trust in the Lord evokes genuine praise. Third, people of faith recognize God’s mercy (Hebrew: hesed – unfailing love); and finally, they are confident in God’s sovereign control. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful! (v. 1).
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© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the NKJV.