(Part 120)


May 5, 2014

Today’s psalm:  Psalm 145:10-21

What is our proper relationship with God — we to Him and He to us?

“The Lord watches over all who love him” (v.20a). First, we are to love Him with our all — mind, heart, strength and soul. When we do, then we enable God to watch over us and care for us as His beloved children, which is what He desires to do. Those who do not give God their all are those who make room in their hearts for other desires or priorities, which, especially mammon, take over more and more of their hearts until there is less and less for God.

“He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.” (v.19). Second, we are to fear God, that is, to be in awe of Him and to give Him the reverence that is His due. When we do, then knowing that our hearts are in the right place, God will grant us our heart’s desires, being not in contradiction with His will for our lives. This is especially comforting as we live in a valley of tears and are beset by the enemy from all sides. God is able to save us from all distress.

“The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth.” (v.18). Third, we are to call upon God, that is, we present ourselves to Him and ask for His care, protection, providence and empowerment. We draw near to Him in prayer, and seek His truth for our lives. When we do, as we live God’s truth, then we will always be in His presence and grace.

We should proclaim such a God. We should share such a God. This we do through the work of evangelization, sharing Christ as we proclaim the good news of salvation in him to all the peoples. “My mouth will speak the praises of the Lord; all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.” (v.21). Amen!

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