Good News, God Sees You

“Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name. Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, Just as we hope in You.” Psalm 33: 8, 18, 20 – 22

Some potential home builders go to an architect asking him to plan their new home. Often the home builder has in mind what is wanted, he just wants him to draw what he wants.

Often people profess they want God to allow what they want rather than seeking what He wants. When He is allowed to plan for us it is the best possible though it might not be what we wanted. By building what the architect planned, it eventually becomes obvious it was best. So it is with God’s plan for us.

Three qualities of persons for whom He plans are noted in the text.

First, “the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him.” Our fear of God is not terror, but love. We fear lest we disappoint Him. It means to hold Him in respect and His precepts to be for our good. Such are constantly under His gaze. Thus, He knows our needs. 

A second quality is that they “rejoice.” A fresh baptism of divine love results in rejoicing as expressed in worship.

A life that is too busy to worship is busier than God intended it to be. True worship will give life meaning. It will wonderfully animate your whole life from the center outward. Rejoice!

We become increasingly like the One we worship. 

Next, they trust God — Vs. 21. He is:

Our provider —  Vs. 20 “our help.”

Our protection — Vs. 20 “our shield.”  Anything that gets past Him as our Shield is intended to be our opportunity to respond in His way.

President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. In the moment he signed it every slave in the entire United States was free. That, however, didn’t mean that every slave immediately enjoyed liberty. Some masters hid the fact from their slaves. Some slaves didn’t believe the good news. Some thought it was not possible.

For them to be truly free they had to hear the good news. They had to believe the joyous news. Next they had to consider the good news as being a fact, not just for slaves in general, but for them personally. They had to trust their liberator.

To be truly free they had to assert their freedom and refuse any longer to be a slave. The same steps are true for salvation. They are essential for the Lord to be your personal provider and protection. The benefits are incomparable.