The Desire of Those Who Fear Him

Psalms 145:17-20 ESV

“The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and kind in all his works.
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
The Lord preserves all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.”

In All His Ways

The Lord is righteous in all his ways. He is just, innocent, blameless, godly, right, ethical, moral, faithful, pure, and sinless in all conduct and in character. Everything he does is honest, faithful, and pure. There is no sin in him at all. He is kind (merciful, virtuous, godly, holy, and gracious) in all his works. And His motives and his actions are always pure, without fault.

So, when the Lord gives us commands to follow, which he does in the New Testament, too, he is doing so for our good, and for the good of others. He has our best interest at heart and in mind. When he draws the line in the sand and he says we cannot cross over that line, that is for our good. And when he disciplines and corrects us, that is for our good, too.

So, the kindness of God does not mean that God is soft on sin now that we are under grace. His forgiveness of our sins and his salvation and eternal life, although free gifts to us, are conditional upon our accepting those free gifts in the way that God requires. For “free” does not mean we do nothing in return. “Free” just means Jesus paid the price for us.

For God’s grace and his salvation are all about delivering us from our slavery (addiction) to sin so we will now be slaves of God and of his righteousness. Jesus died that we might die with him to sin and live to him and to his righteousness. By faith we are crucified with Christ in death to sin so that we might live new lives in Christ, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (Rom 6:1-23; 1 Pet 2:24; Eph 4:17-24; Lu 9:23-26).

The Truth in Jesus

So, if we think God’s kindness to us is merely in forgiving our sins so that when we die we can go to heaven, we are sadly mistaken. His kindness to us is in delivering us from our addiction to sin so that we can now walk in conduct and in practice according to the Spirit and no longer according to the flesh. His grace frees us from our chains. It does not leave us in our chains, only now guilt free (Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-17).

So, when this says that the Lord is near to all who call on him in truth, he is speaking of us being honest, yes, and sincere, yes, but also according to his truth and righteousness, not according to our own interpretation of truth. And the truth that is in Christ Jesus says we are not to live any longer like the ungodly, following the sinful passions of our flesh (Eph 4:17-24).

Instead, we are to put off our old self which is being corrupted through deceitful desires, and we are to be changed in heart and mind of the Spirit of God, and we are to put on the new self in Christ Jesus, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Now we are to live holy lives, pleasing to God, no longer under the control of sin and of Satan.

Those Who Fear Him

For, the Lord fulfills the desire of those who fear him, and to fear God is to obey him, to revere him, to honor him with our lives, to live for him and for his righteousness, and to submit to him as Lord (owner-master). To fear God is also to worship him, and our acceptable worship is to give our lives to the Lord as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to him (Rom 12:1-2).

We are not fearing God if we have this idea that we can live however we want now that we are “saved.” If we believe we don’t have to submit to him as Lord, and if we think that we don’t have to repent of our sins or walk in obedience to his commands, then we don’t fear him. We do not honor him as the holy God that He is, but we honor ourselves, instead.

The Lord fulfills the desire of those who fear him, because those who fear him desire what He desires. His desires have now become our desires. His passions are our passions. His concerns are our concerns, because we are close to his heart, and we feel his heart, and we hate what he hates, and we love what he loves, and our desire is now to do his will, not our own.

He listens to the cries of those whose hearts are in line with his, who want what he wants, who are not looking for selfish gain or to spend what they get on fleshly and lustful pleasures. They want to see the eyes of the spiritually blinded opened, and they want to see people be turned from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God so that they can receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ (see Acts 26:18).

They want to see people delivered from bondage to sin and to walk in freedom from sin’s control in holiness and righteousness and in purity of devotion to God. They want to see them grow in their walks of faith and in their love for the Lord and to be used of God to minister his love and grace to others. For they love God and their fellow humans with God’s love.

All Who Love Him

The Lord preserves (upholds, maintains, sustains) all who love him, and to love God is to obey him. If we say that we love God and that we know God but we do not do what he says in practice, but we live to the flesh, instead, then we don’t know God, and he doesn’t know us, and we are not saved from our sins, and we don’t have eternal life with God (1 Jn 2:3-6).

Now, this is not saying that we must live in absolute sinless perfection (1 Jn 2:1-2), but that sin is not to be what we practice. We are to no longer walk in sin according to our flesh and under the control of Satan, for Jesus set us free so that we would now honor him with our lives, and so we would walk in holiness and righteousness (Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-17; Eph 4:17-24).

For, if we continue living in sin, and we do not make righteousness our practice, but sin is what we practice deliberately, we do not have the hope of salvation from sin, forgiveness of our sins, and eternal life with God. But we will face the wrath of God. For God will destroy the wicked who would not bow the knee to him (Gal 5:16-21; Eph 5:3-6; 1 Co 6:9-10; 2 Co 5:10).

For, Jesus Christ came to die for us to make us into new creatures in Christ Jesus, not like the old us. And he came to deliver us from our addiction to sin so that we would now live as slaves of God and of his righteousness. He came to be Lord (owner-master) of our lives, not to take a back seat to other gods and to our selfish wills. For He is the Great I Am!

Mary, Did You Know?

Songwriters: Greene Lee Rufus / Lowry Mark Alan

Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy
Has come to make you new?
This child that you delivered, will soon deliver you

Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy
Is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
That sleeping child you’re
Holding is the great, I Am

Mary, did you know?

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