For my Theology class, we have to reflect on a given passage once a week for afew weeks. This passage is 145. These are my ramblings on these verses. 🙂
“The Lord upholds all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand;
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and kind in all his works.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.”
I am really digging verses 14-17 this week. God’s attributes of provisions and grace are so evident as the Psalmist notes how He provides for us infinitely and without fail. His faithfulness and righteousness are communicable attributes of Him. While we can be faithful and righteous in the small things, these are the core pillars and strengths of who He is. This is exceedingly overwhelming to me. He is the One who literally spoke existence, science, light, and life into three dimensions from nothing. He is eternal, while I am finite.
I am taken aback by the gracious power my God has. By the immensity and overwhelming fact of His glorious, majestic grace. “You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works.” Not only does this Being of Holiness recognize I have desires, but they are desires He put in me that He yearns to use to make me more like Him. Every desire, every trial is no surprise to God. He has knowledge that the sparrow falls to the ground, and He has knowledge that I have suffered, that I love, that I experience the same emotions I do.
His righteousness is beautiful, because He is not some cosmic deity who deigns to watch us lowly humans from afar. He is humble, full of grace and condemned Himself to gird up in human flesh mucking through sin, sickness, and ramifications of the Fall. His knowledge of the human desire to be close to our Maker is so prevalent He damned Himself that we could be atoned so that we can eternally dwell with Him.