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It’s hard to see God’s provision sometimes. That statement may come as a surprise, at least when written by me. After all, I work in college and university ministry. Many of the people I minister to make a lot more money than I do. Many of them have a promise of employment until retirement and a nice retirement package afterward. A lot of the students are idealistic and with good reason. They are sharp people with a bright future ahead of them.
I also work to bring relief to people in some different dollar-a-day economies. Those situations are fragile, to say the least. Any medical care at all is hard to get. It also requires cash payment in advance, and cash isn’t easy to come by. A drought, an illness, a run-in with a robber, and you are in deep trouble.
I also spend some time working with the elderly in several different assisted living and nursing homes. Some of them have outlived their resources. They may face poverty which will dog them for the rest of their lives. They lose their independence, their finances, their family, and, finally, their human dignity can be very hard to preserve.
What do we see in our Psalm for this week? Especially in verses 15-17 we see that all we have comes from the gracious hand of God. He is able to work, even in circumstances which make us tremble for fear, to care for His people. He provides for those who could never provide for themselves. Psalm 145 points us to the Lord who hears the cries of his people and has not abandoned them. He has every intention of caring for them in this life and in eternity. There’s no reason to doubt.
For all this we can thank the Lord. His kingdom lasts forever, and it is good.
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