“You can count on me!”
Have you ever said that? It’s probably rather presumptious to state since we have no idea what the future holds. However, God can make such bold statements all day long. He knows the future. In fact, He’s already there! That truth was boldly proclaimed last Sunday at the Homecoming Chapel at Bryan College. My dear friend of almost thirty years, Christopher Burcham, reminded all of us in attendance that God is sovereign in our past, present and future. He labored to present a very big view of God, a trait characteristic of his teaching ministry. Though physically small in stature, my friend possesses a big view of a BIG God—a God who can be counted upon.
Yesterday morning I read Psalm 33. Here are verse 18 & 19:
“Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon those who fear him, upon those who count on his mercy, To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive through famine.”
I love that! God’s eye is on me as I fear Him (respect, revere) and as I “count on His mercy.” Here’s how The Message renders these two verses:
“Watch this: God’s eye is on those who respect him, the ones who are looking for his love. He’s ready to come to their rescue in bad times; in lean times he keeps body and soul together.”
Question: Are you looking for anything from God? Are you counting on Him for anything? I sure am! I’m expecting His mercies to be new tomorrow morning! I am looking forward to the grace He will continue to bestow upon me! I am trusting that He will remain faithful to His nature and fulfill all the promises He chose to make!
John Calvin remarked the following:
The Psalmist characterises believers by two marks, which comprehend the whole perfection of our life. The first is, that we reverently serve the Lord; and the second, that we depend upon his grace. Hypocrites may loudly boast of their faith, but they have never tasted even a little of the divine goodness, so as to be induced to look to him for what they need. On the contrary, when the faithful give themselves with their whole heart to the service and fear of God, this affection springs from faith; or rather the principal part of right worship, which the faithful render to God, consists in this, that they depend upon his mercy.
“They depend upon His mercy”! Indeed!
This is how Eugene Peterson ends Psalm 33 in The Message:
“We’re depending on God; He’s everything we need. What’s more, our hearts brim with joy since we’ve taken for our own His holy name. Love us, God, with all You’ve got—that’s what we’re depending on.”
Are you counting on God today?
You should (as should I)!