Psalm 33:10-19 (NRSV)-
10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. 11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. 12 Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage.
13 The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all humankind. 14 From where he sits enthroned he watches all the inhabitants of the earth- 15 he who fashions the hearts of them all, and observes all their deeds. 16 A king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. 17 The war horse is a vain hope for victory, and by its great might it cannot save.
18 Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, 19 to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
Society teaches us to rely on ourselves and find our answers within ourselves. We take pride in not needing others and being self-sufficient. And, if we are not careful, we can take that same attitude into our relationship with God.
We believe the lie that we can handle the small stuff and we only need God’s help for the big stuff. Think about the number of times you stopped yourself from praying because you felt silly or did not want to bother God with something. Better yet, think about the last time you had a conversation with God that was not about a scary diagnosis, a natural disaster, or unforeseen tragedy.
It often takes a great need before we turn to God, and we should bring those things to him. But, God wants us to hear from us in all things, not just the big things. And, our relationship with him is strengthened as we learn to rely on him in all things.
God made us, loves us, and sustains us. When we depend on him, he will see us through anything. Yet, more often than not, when we think we are trusting in God, our words and actions show otherwise. So, what would our lives look like if we really believed that God is as faithful as David says he is in Psalm 33?
Today, rather than waiting until we “need” God, through our actions and words, let’s demonstrate our belief that God is faithful and rely upon him for all things.
Father God, we believe in your faithfulness. We believe that you are our provider and protector. We believe that you guide us through all of life’s circumstances. So, rather than placing our hope in society and ourselves, please teach us to place our hope in you. In doing so, like David, please help us to rely upon and celebrate you in all things. In the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen!