He Watches Over Us

Psalm 34:15

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The eyes of the Lord ...

It's an amazing feeling to serve a God who has eyes that can see. One of the sad things about idolatry is that the gods being worshiped, though they may appear human, their extremities are useless (Psalm 115:4-5, 135:16-17).

God's people have a long history of worshiping the creation instead of the Creator. God is taking the time to remind us that He is the only God who has eyes that see.

 ... are on the righteous

The righteous? Who is this verse talking about? It couldn't be us. Because everyone knows that our 'righteousness' are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). But, who else could it be?

God sent His Son Jesus to be "the Lord our righteousness" (Jeremiah 23:5-6)". We have no righteousness of our own. We can't even get it by keeping the law of God. The only righteousness that we have comes from have faith in Jesus (Philippians 3:9).

Let me go over that again: we have no righteousness of our own. There is nothing we can do to become righteous except having faith in Jesus. When we put our trust in Him, He credits righteousness to our account.

Jesus exchanges our filthy clothes for His. And then God calls us righteous. Not only that, but because we are now 'righteous' in God's eyes, He watches over us.

And His ears are open ...

Again God is showing us the difference between Himself and the gods made with hands. An idol, though he may have ears, is unable to hear.

This could also be a reference to the sacrifice on Mount Carmel in I Kings 18:26-27. The 450 prophets of Baal called on him from morning until noon, "Oh Baal hear us." But there was no response. Elijah said two sentences, and God responded with fire from heaven.

 ... to their cry.

This tells us two things:

  1. God's people are going to have reason to cry out. Life is not always going to be easy and trouble-free. We will be tested and have tribulation (John 16:33).
  2. We have to ask for help when we need it. God is listening to us. His ears are always open but He wants us to invite Him into our lives, into our troubles. When we do that, He'll respond in a mighty way.

He Watches Over His People

God is always watching over us. Like the loving and protective parent that He is, He wants to take care of us at all times. If we just make one cry, there He is, ready to protect us. All He asks is for us to accept the grace that He offers freely to each and every one of us.

Personal Bible Study

Read the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. Think about sensitive God was to the needs of His people. 

Remember a time in your life when God was just as responsive to your needs. Thank Him for His provision.