The Psalms are hymns. And as a result, they contain some great lines of praise towards God. They also list His promises not so He won’t forget them, but so that we don’t. If you ever find yourself down, turn to the Psalms and read through a few. They will lift you up because they will remind you how much God loves you, how much you are worth to Him, and what He has promised for your future. For instance:
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
that he may deliver their soul from death
and keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.
– Psalm 33:18-22, ESV
This is a long term promise from God to keep our soul alive. Those who have accepted His Son will not face damnation and they will not suffer eternal condemnation. It’s not about what we do or don’t do. It’s about what He has promised. But the promise here goes beyond that. He keeps His eyes on us. He’s watching over us. We matter enough where the Creator looks over us always. Think about what that means. It means we’re never alone. It means we’re not in danger beyond His ability to overcome. It means we are safe. Now I know that has a contextual application. Our souls are safe. If we chose to play chicken on the highway, we’re not physically safe. If we sign up and deploy to a war zone we’re certainly not physically safe. But we are eternally safe. And that means whatever trials we’re going through, whoever our enemy is, or however bad life is kicking us right now, we’re still safe because God is watching.
He’s not just watching over us to see what we’re going to do. These words tell us He is there to help us. He shields us. Think about the close calls you have had in life. Or even think about the bad situations. Surely, they could have been worse. Why weren’t they? Maybe God let things roll out “naturally.” But “naturally” is by His design. Or perhaps He intervened with a miracle. Either way, He says, “I care and that’s why I am here.”
And because He is this type of God we can trust Him. We can be glad in Him. We can experience His steadfast love, His agape love, as we put our hope, not wishful, it might happen hope, but I’m certain of it and I’m going to trust in Him hope, in that love. That love drives His promises. That love defines who He is. And that love we can depend on to be sufficient for us.