Psalm 34:15-16 New Living Translation
“The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil; he will erase their memory from the earth.”
Those who live their lives according to the standards set forth by Almighty God are under his watchful eye day and night. It is the Lord’s good pleasure to lead and guide them, as well as protect and provide for them all the days of their lives. This is the primary benefit aside from the forgiveness that is provided for us by virtue of Christ’s death on the cross. All this is possible due to God’s undeserved favor or grace. Sometimes I wonder how conscious we are regarding the price that was paid for our salvation. How quickly we can get mired in the quicksand of life, which causes us to lose sight of our all-powerful Lord and Savior.
One thing we can be assured of is that if the Lord declares that he watches over us and hears us when we pray, it is absolutely true. Just because he cannot be seen is no reason to lose faith and hope. Evidence of his existence is all around us. Those that ignore the offer of a slate wiped clean and a second chance at life the way God intended it to be are classified as God’s enemies. There is no one good enough to achieve heaven on his or her own. There is also no one bad enough to be beyond God’s reach. Yet those who insist on going it alone without any acceptance of their own sinful condition will die outside God’s umbrella of grace.
It is not pretentious or arrogant in any way to think of ourselves as righteous, for our righteous standing has nothing to do with anything we have done. It has everything to do with what has been done for us. Once we accept Christ and receive the forgiveness God so willingly gives we are seen as righteous and holy in his sight. It’s as if God looks at us thru ‘Jesus glasses’. So it is a true statement that God indeed watches over the righteous ones, for they are his children, the ones saved by his grace. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: Matthew Henry’s Commentary of the Old & New Testament; The Pulpit Commentary.