Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Eye of the Lord

May 8: Psalms 25, 29, 33, 36 & 39

4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
5 Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.
Psalm 25:4-5

1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
Psalm 29:1-2

18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
19 that he may deliver their soul from death
and keep them alive in famine.
Psalm 33:18-19

7 How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9 For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light.
Psalm 36:7-9

4 “O Lord, make me know my end
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting I am!
Psalm 39:4

The Eye of the Lord

In our reading today there is an interesting progression, as shown by the verses I have included above.

David, the Psalmist, begins by beseeching God, Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. That, too, is where we must begin; without the knowledge of Himself that God grants to us, we have no hope!

Next, David gives glory to God. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. We should not take this admonition lightly; the command to worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness means that God is set apart. It is He, alone, who we must worship.

Psalm 33:18 is a two-fold acknowledgement; to those who love and fear the Lord, it is a great comfort. No matter where we are, no matter what we are doing, the eye of the Lord never leaves us. But, to the wicked, this should be a fearful thought; there is no place to hide! The eye of the Lord sees everything!

David, in Psalm 36, continues the thought of Psalm 33 by proclaiming, How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. And, what a refuge it is!

Where do these thoughts take us? Psalm 39:4 is a sobering admonition. Only God knows where our life will take us; our cares should not rest upon us, but rather we need to find ourselves acknowledging the shortness of our life.

What a wonderful way to begin our day. As children of God, these verses should be a marvelous comfort. The eye of the Lord is upon us. How will that affect your day?

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
that he may deliver their soul from death
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God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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