“The LORD looks down from heaven;
he sees all the children of man;
from where he sits enthroned he looks out
on all the inhabitants of the earth,
he who fashions the hearts of them all
and observes all their deeds.
The king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
and by its great might it cannot rescue.
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
and keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.”
My heart is both hopeful and fearful as I read this passage. The God we serve is bigger than anything we can imagine. I consider the work He has done and am stunned to consider that at no point was any of it difficult for Him.
Our greatest achievement, but for His graciousness to notice, isn’t a blip on His divine radar screen. My heart hurts for the personal pride I and so many like me struggle with where we would aspire to ‘impress’ this God. I pray that this God who looks at us from above and from within would pour grace into our lives. Only through the unwarranted, unmerited, unworthy blessing of this God can we find hope for life and eternity.
My hope is renewed in this God as is my fear in His power.