from Lynda Lindsey
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. Psalm 145:15-16
The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made. Psalm 145:8-9
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. … For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Isaiah 41:10;13
An iron fisted ruler is oppressive, controlling, harsh. To rule with a fist of iron speaks of a powerful, ruthless sovereign, one quick to punish and slow to grant mercy. To be tight fisted with money or resources is to be stingy, miserly, clasping everything for oneself while open handedness suggests generosity, kindness, and willingness to share. Psalm 145 bursts forth in joyous praise for our Sovereign King who is the exact opposite of an iron fisted ruler, the exact opposite of a tight fisted miser. God’s delight is to fulfill the good desires of those who revere and honor Him.
Our King reigns with righteousness and goodness over a glorious and splendid kingdom, one without end. He is generous and abounding in lovingkindness and mercy. His hands are open to His subjects and His gifts freely flow to His creation and His created ones. He is good to all, slow to anger, quick to forgive, and near to all who call on Him in truth. He undertakes mighty deeds on behalf of His subjects; He upholds those who are falling and raises up those who are bowed down. His ways are right and just; all His works are kind.
Jesus, Messiah, King. During Jesus’ earthly ministry He stretched out His hands to heal, to bless, to touch the untouchables, to cleanse, to restore, to save. Everything and everyone the Father gave to Jesus is kept safe in Jesus’ hands. What is left but to praise God? To extoll and bless God, to declare all His mighty acts and deeds? Speak and declare His greatness. Sing. Tell and make Him known. Our record of debt has been paid in full by Jesus; we are forgiven and made new, all from the outpouring of blessings from God’s open hand! Walk gratefully and humbly in newness of life and rejoice!