17The Lord is righteous in all His ways
Gracious in all His works.
18The Lord is near to all who call on Him,
to all who call on Him in truth.
19He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him;
He hears their cry and saves them.
20The Lord watches over all who love Him,
but all the wicked He will destroy.
21My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
Let every creature praise His holy name
for ever and ever.
The Psalmist David compares two attributes of the Lord – “righteous” meaning He is upright, acting in accordance with divine law free of sin, and of the highest standards which must be upheld. Secondly, He is “gracious” meaning to offer unmerited divine saving action leading to forgiveness of sin to all of humanity. 17The Lord is righteous in all His ways Gracious in all His works. In this comparison we see a God who is just, yet one who is compassionate and gracious toward His creation, as well as one who is not far from those who call upon Him for rescue. We must first ultimately be rescued from sin and death by accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9), as David explains, 18The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. Next, he states that that the Lord explicitly fulfills the desires of those who fear Him and that He both hears their cries for help, saves, and watches over all who love Him. 19He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them. 20The Lord watches over all who love Him…”
Today, hold on to these truths, call out to the Lord inviting Him into your circumstances because He hears your plea. He is near, He hears your cry, He watches over you, He saves you in times of trouble, and fulfills the desires of your heart as your desires become aligned with His. As you walk more closely with God day by day, you will develop a deeper sense of assurance that He is with you in all things and desires you to draw near to Him in both seasons of trial and seasons of peace. In closing, David includes an element of praise as he often does in his writings which always sets his gaze upon the Lord and develops a heart of gratitude that honors God regardless of one’s circumstances. 21My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise His holy name for ever and ever.
Father, I thank You for being gracious toward me in everyday things and ultimately through my salvation in Your Son, Jesus. I praise Your name for You are my God, as well as Lord and Master over my life as I surrender it daily to You. Thank You for being a God who is intimately involved in my life and who hears and answers my cries in times of trouble along with my prayers in times of peace. May the desires of my heart be aligned with Yours so that I will walk in the plans You have for my life. Today, I choose to claim the promises of assurance that You are near to me and watch over me as I fear You with a holy awe and reverence reserved for no one else. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.