Scripture Reading: Psalm 33:13-15,20-22: From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth- he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.
Psalm 33 is a psalm of praise to the sovereign God of Israel. The psalm begins with a three verse call to praise and it concludes with a three verse response to praise. When I read the words of this beautiful psalm, I find comfort and hope in knowing that I am not alone, God is watching over me.
I know that many of you have worries and difficult problems to deal with as you start a new week. Health concerns and difficult decisions that lie ahead are some worries that I know are present in your lives. Whether it is the health of a child, a parent, or a spouse, many of you are struggling with these types of uncertainties or concerns. Many times, just getting through the day is an accomplishment.
Some of you are worried about jobs, especially the lack of jobs. There are those who are apprehensive about how they are going to provide for their families or themselves. And there are those among us that are unhappy in our present work, who feel unfulfilled and are longing to move on to something else.
When I pause to think that God is looking down from heaven, not only watching how we live our lives, but watching over us, I feel a peace that is not of this earth. I trust in God because I can look back on my life and realize how He has watched over me in the past and I know that He will do so in the future. When difficult and stressful times come my way, I draw strength from my God that is in heaven, watching over me.
What does it mean to wait in hope for God? For me it starts with faith, a faith that God is in control of my life and also in control of this world that we live in. When we put our faith and hope in the things of this world, we eventually face disappointment. This world has a way of making us believe that it has our best interests in mind and then, after coming face to face with reality, we realize that we have been deceived.
God is truth and love and everything that is good and pure. God is my help and my shield, the psalmist says. Even though we will go through difficult times as believers, if we trust in God and his good purpose and plan for our lives, we will be rewarded. God doesn’t want to see us worry excessively about the trials of life that many times drag us down. God wants us to learn to trust in Him and to place our hope in Him.
I have watched my mom suffer over the last few days and we have been able to talk about our faith and trust in God. Many times we cannot understand why pain and suffering come our way. In times like these we can either place our trust in this world or we can turn our worries and fears over to God, who loves us and watches over us from heaven.