Psalm 33:18-22 – “Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness, 19 To deliver their soul from death And to keep them alive in famine. 20 Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. 21 For our heart rejoices in Him, Because we trust in His holy name. 22 Let Your lovingkindness, O LORD, be upon us, According as we have hoped in You.” NASU
I find this a particularly interesting and challenging passage. It is encouraging, filled with promise, laced with guidance and direction, and carries a condition that most miss. When I read passages from the Bible sometimes there are certain things that leap off the page to me and grab my attention which results in going back to look in more detail at what has been said. That is what happened with the conditional portion of this passage.
As I gave this passage a cursory reading I was blessed but when I came to verse twenty-two I was arrested by the Holy Spirit and went back to look over the passage in more detail and with a different heart. Let’s consider it from verse eighteen and see where it leads us:
- We have a Revelation which also has a condition attached.
The Eye of the Lord is on those who Fear Him and on those who Hope for His Lovingkindness. They are hoping, trusting, or believing for God to deliver their soul from death and to keep them alive in famine. There is both protection and provision in this revelation of “God’s Watching Over Us.” I find repeatedly in Scripture the solidification of this and take great comfort in knowing that God not only Sees but Can and Will do something about my situation.
- There is the Instruction.
The Soul that is waiting upon the Lord knowing that He is our Help and our Shield, that’s the picture. Wow! In my “waiting” on the Lord, I am entering into not only His provision but His protection. That is not only instructional but tremendously encouraging.
- There Is an Encouragement and a Nudging.
To allow the heart to Rejoice in Him, and that is possible because we Trust Him. It is out of my faith that I am able to “Rejoice in All Things” and “Give Thanks in All Things.” It is as I trust His Name, His Person, and His Grace that I am Free to Rejoice!
- There is the Request and the Condition.
The Request is – – “Let your Lovingkindness be upon us.”
The Condition is – – “According as we have hoped in You.”
That reminds me of the passage in 3 John 2 – “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” NASU The promise and desired result are clear but the condition is unmistakable if we are haphazard in our relationship with the Lord we become as James described “double-minded” and that instability renders us, poor candidates, to receive. Why? We are not in a spiritual mindset or condition to utilize it properly and in all likelihood would as James declared “consume it upon our own lusts rather than to move us closer to God and advance the Kingdom.” I am not saying that God will not bless anyone who is not Totally Dedicated to Him. No! No! If that were the case few of us would have ever received anything from Him. What I am saying is that if we want to live in the midst of God’s Care, Keeping, and Blessing we need to train our souls to WAIT UPON THE LORD and SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS! It is in that condition of heart that we humbly receive His blessings and as a result, many others are also blessed.
May God be with you as you go through your day!