18Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
19To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
20Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.
21For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
22Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.
Eye of the Lord
The eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him. As Christians we do not need to fear the eye of the Lord, but rather, should be comforted by His constant presence in our lives. How does God work on behalf of His children? He delivers our souls from death and keeps us alive in famine; indeed, He is our help and our shield.
This is not true for the wicked; if they truly understood the eye of the Lord, they would walk in fear, knowing that they are helpless against the powers of the Almighty God.
As Christians, I fear we take God far too much for granted. We live and move in this world as though everything hinges on our own actions and our own decisions. If we actually stop and think about dangers or evils that could occur, we shrug and go on, knowing that God will come to our aid.
Is it really that simple? Is there nothing we owe to this God we love?
For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.
Though nothing we could ever do could earn or pay for the salvation God has granted to us, God does demand our perfect allegiance to Him, and rightly so. The Israelites certainly took God for granted, and soon found themselves mixing their worship of God with the worship of the gods of the nations around them.
Are we guilty of doing the same thing? It is important that, as Christians, we maintain those personal times with God when we meditate upon His Word and upon God, Himself. In those times, we need to search our own hearts, looking for evidence of mingling our faith in God with the things of this world.
Satan is so subtle in his attack upon Christians. If he cannot win their souls, then he seeks to do the next best thing best thing. He seeks to destroy their total faith and trust in God by diluting it with the things of this world.
May our hearts and our lives find all of their contentment and peace by resting in God, alone. May we say with the psalmist, For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
Let us go, today, remembering that the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear Him. He is our peace our joy, and our contentment; He is all we need!
God Bless You,