I believe that every person on planet earth needs a healthy robust theology. We all have a theology, that is, some understanding of a god, God, or no god at all. In addition, we all have basic needs in order to thrive and flourish in life. Physical, emotional, and spiritual needs can be and are met in God. His grace sustains the universe. Yet, sometimes we might feel as if God is aloof, distant, or disinterested. This is where generous attention to the biblical psalms can help us.
Let this psalm buoy a solid theology for you: “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.” God actually bends his ear to hear us; he wants to listen to us acknowledge and cry out to him. This is no indifferent God. This is a God who hears and responds.
I am taking time today to read this psalm several times over, to let it awash my soul with significant doses of truth and mercy. There are simply times when all of us need to remember and be reminded that there is a God in heaven who is able, and is near to respond. For true human satisfaction does not come through personal ingenuity or accumulation of more knowledge or more stuff. Rather, our deepest desires and needs are fulfilled in the God who cares.
Mighty God, you are both far and near, totally above us yet close at hand. Preserve me with your mighty power so that I might not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity. But in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purposes through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.