8The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:
9The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.
(Psalm 146:8-9, King James Version)
Psalm 146 continues with some glorious statements about the Lord. Who is this God we serve and what does He do?
*The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind.
*The Lord raiseth them that are bowed down.
*The Lord loveth the righteous.
*The Lord preserveth the strangers.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. Who are the blind? The Psalmist is not talking about physical sight, but rather spiritual darkness. Born into sin, we are unable to see God's pure and perfect light, but when He opens our blind eyes, we can suddenly see His righteousness.
We must remember that the lost are blind, and until God opens their eyes, they cannot see! We have every hope to pray for those we love who are lost, for when God opens their eyes, they will see!
What of those who are bowed down with the cares of this world? Is there no hope? Yes, there is hope in the Lord, for the Lord raises up those who are bowed down and overcome by their own sins. Through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, He forgives their sins and raises them up, planting their feet upon His solid rock and lifting the heavy burdens from off their backs.
Who are the righteous that the Lord loves? The righteous are the redeemed--those who have been bought by the blood of the Lamb. Not one of us has that righteousness in and of ourselves, but all who come to Christ, confessing their sins and their need of Him as their Savior are bathed in His righteousness. We, as children of God, are the righteous! Yet, it is not due to any righteousness that we may have, but all is due to the righteousness of Christ who has covered our sins.
The Lord preserves the strangers. Who are the strangers? Again, we are the strangers. Born into sin, we are lost from God, but when born into Christ we have become strangers in this world, for now we have a new home. We are truly strangers in a strange land, looking forward to our heavenly home, and the new earth that God will create at the end of time. Leaving this life will just be an entrance for us into our true home!
Let us, then, turn to God, our First Love, for in Him we find all that we need. He has opened our eyes, lifted us up, loved us, and will preserve us all of our days upon this earth, and then He will safely bring us home to be with Him forever!
What an amazing God we serve!
God Bless You,