“His countenance beholds the upright.”
[You, Lord, in your love and goodness, consistently look after us– we who now stand in the uprightness of Christ. You are aware of every event that comes to us, you filter out what is truly evil and harmful, and you have equipped us to deal with whatever you allow through.
You have qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the Kingdom of Light! You are carrying us on to glory, honor and praise as we respond to your direction in faith. Your love is wonderful, rich, pure and powerful, and it is a great privilege to live in it!]
“Blessed is the man whose help is the God of Jacob”
[You work with us, as you worked with that rebellious rascal Jacob. You are patient, persistent, allowing consequences to bring understanding, intervening at the right time, and drawing us on to full surrender],
“[Blessed is the man] whose hope is the Lord his God”
[Jacob kept calling you, “the God of my father” rather than his own God. It took a whole life time of self-imposed suffering, fear and loss before Jacob, on his death bed, finally bowed before you and worshiped you as “my God,” making you his personal hope. May we not wait so long to surrender! ]
“[Blessed is the man whose hope is the] maker of heaven”
[You made both the throne room of Heaven where you dwell, and the great expanses of space where all the starry hosts dwell: trillions of stars (and you know the name of every one!) placed in billions of galaxies, spread across billions of light years of space]
“and [maker of] earth, the sea and all that is in them”
[You spoke the earth into existence with its mountains and plains, rivers and streams, the seas with all their great expanse. And you created the astounding myriad of plants and animals, from the single-celled, up through insects, cats and dogs, to elephants, walrus and whales–plus the unseen spiritual creatures around us.]
You, Lord God, are amazing and awesome: powerful, creative, wise, all-knowing, all-seeing, all-present, Creator, Victor and King.
From you alone comes real, sure, enduring hope, giving us the great certainty of having salvation from sin, more than enough significance and security, and the assurance of a sinless eternity with you.
We can know that all which comes to us in this life will be for your glory, our good and the outworking of your triumph over evil.
To you be glory, honor and praise forever: may you be lifted up, esteemed and exalted today, in my life in my motives, thoughts, words and actions.]