Challenge your expectations of God

I often delve into the psalms; they never fail to deliver a real and profound sense of connection to God. The term ‘psalm’ simply means a sacred song or poem used in worship. In the psalms of the Old Testament there’s a frequent sense of God revealing his character to both the author and the reader.

Psalm 145 is a psalm of David (they were not all written by him) and it proclaims: ‘The Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfils the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy’ (Psalm 145:17-20).

After reading these words I asked myself, ‘Do I really believe that God is who he says he is?’ Not because I’m having some sort of faith crisis but because I wanted to challenge myself in my expectations of God.

In a world that seems to demand so much from us, and attempts to divert our attention in so many ways, it’s easy to be distracted. Today, be encouraged: the Lord is just a call away; he still promises to fulfil the desires of those who fear him; he still watches over those who love him and, for those who are ‘in Christ’, he still promises eternal victory!