Monday, March 6, 2017

Psalm for Sunday, March 12, 2017


Psalm 33: 4-5, 18-19, 20, 22  (Read)

“The eyes of the Lord are upon those who
fear Him, to deliver them from death.”

The Psalm is praise for God’s providence,
the blessings He gives us. “The Lord fills
the earth with goodness. His works are

We may not have the faith of Abraham
(Genesis 12:1-4), but we can be sure
the Lord’s eyes are upon us – “The 
Lord’s eyes are upon those who hope 
for His gracious help.” As our psalmist 
says, “O Lord, we have put our hope 
in you.”

In Sunday's 2nd reading, St Paul says 
that God has saved us and called us to 
a holy life.  (2 Timothy 1:9)
The Psalmist confirms this – “We are
delivered from death, kept alive in times
of famine.” We may not be starving for
physical food, but we could face spiritual
death from sin if we were not saved by 
our Lord Jesus.

“The eyes of the Lord are upon those 
who fear Him, to deliver them from death.”
Remember, the wages of sin is death, and 
we are all afflicted.  Fortunately for us, 
Christ destroyed death and brought life,
as St Paul says (2 Timothy 1:10),
so it is natural that we openly ask for His 
help and His protection.   He is our shield 
in the spiritual battle that we all have to fight.  
“Our soul waits for the Lord, who is our help 
and our shield.”

If we trust in the Lord, His eyes will be upon 
us so long as we count ourselves among 
those who fear Him, and we can expect 
to receive His grace.

Through His goodness we can expect a
transfiguration of our own, and that same light
which shone from Jesus' face that day on 
Mt Tabor can be a source of light for us
and those around us. “We have put our hope
in you, O Lord.”

Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.  As our psalmist says, the Lord's eyes are upon us, and that is a good thing 
because of His saving grace.  Speak of how you depend on God's providence 
to preserve you as you go about your daily life amidst the world's attractions.

2.  The Psalm assures us that God's love and mercy will be granted to us, as we 
place our trust in Him.  Give an example of how you have trusted in the Lord and 
how you have benefited from His kindness.

1 comment:

  1. Rudy H10:13 PM

    This psalm uses aspects of God’s character to reassure believers of their purpose and call them to worship. We are also assured that God’s word is upright.

    The psalmist says that all his work is done in faithfulness, with the best motives. The Lord knows how we function best, and we can trust Him in that because He is the one who created us. His actions are not unjust; rather, He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord. We should praise Him because in everything He is good, He is faithful, He is steadfast, He is unchanging, He is unswerving, He is constant.

    Lord, open our eyes to see the ways you work in our lives. Reveal to us, through Scripture, how you have always been faithful to your promises. Let us take heart in the messiness of our lives and know that you are at work. You know how we work best, and you have a good plan for us. Let us recognize that worshiping you is the only fuel that fills us up. Draw us nearer to you. Amen