June 17, 2021
Scripture: Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,… 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. Psalm 33:18, 20-21 ESV
Observation and Application: For David, reverent fear, hope, and trust in God brought gladness to his soul and gave him the strength to wait on the Lord to deliver him from trouble—whether or not it was his fault. For this reason, he spoke candidly to the Lord with his full array of emotions (his fear, anger, sadness, love, hope, and joy). And as he freely expressed his thoughts and feelings his weary soul found rest that enabled him to wait on the One in whose name he trusted. Consequently, trust and hope spurred obedience and praise during his seasons of waiting. Indeed, this is why David was a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14), and this is what it means to have a “personal relationship” with our Father.
Prayer: Father God, strengthen our reverence, trust, and hope in you, that we might deepen our authentic, personal relationship with you and find joy and rest in you. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling