The word of the Lord is faithful
and all His works to be trusted.
The Lord loves justice and right
and fills the earth with His love.
The Lord looks on those who revere Him,
on those who hope in His love,
to rescue their souls from death,
to keep them alive in famine.
Our soul is waiting for the Lord.
The Lord is our help and our shield.
May Your love be upon us, O Lord,
as we place all our hope in You.
– Psalm 33:4-5,18-20,22 (TGP)
Thankful praise is the breath and language of holy joy – which is the heart and soul of praise.
God’s works are all done in truth and with love,
and it is so sad that this earth, which is so full of instances and proofs of God’s abundant goodness,
should be so economical with giving thanks to Him;
so empty of heartfelt praise to the Almighty Creator.
The eyes of the Lord are, in fact, upon all of mankind;
but they are directed with special attention to those who revere Him and trust in Him.
They feel loved and secure because they know that God’s eyes are on them;
that He knows their needs;
that He sees their dangers;
that He has ample power to keep their souls alive
and to deliver and save them,
to guard and protect them,
and to bless and feed them with His Word of life and truth.
True piety leads people to depend on the Lord;
to confidently look out for Him in every situation;
to faithfully rely on Him for all the needs of this life and for salvation in the life to come.
For them God is their Defender, their Protector, their Shield.
Let us place all our hope in the Lord;
let us have an intense and burning desire for His grace;
let us be fully confident in His gracious love for us.
Find your delight in the LORD,
who grants your heart’s desire.
Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in Him, and He will act,
and make your uprightness shine like the light,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. (Psalm 37:4-6)
O Risen Lord, my help, my shield, thank You for Your amazing love
and may I always treasure it, delight in it, and place all my hope in it!