Praising His Grace In Provision

Executing justice for the exploited and giving food to the hungry. The Lord frees prisoners. The Lord opens [the eyes of] the blind. The Lord raises up those who are oppressed. The Lord loves the righteous. The Lord protects foreigners and helps the fatherless and the widow, but He frustrates the ways of the wicked. The Lord reigns forever; your God, O Zion, [reigns] for all generations. Hallelujah! (Psalm 146 vv. 7-10).

The Lord is to be praised not only for his greatness in creation but also for his provision on behalf of his people. He shows his loving favor in many ways.

There are many prophetic allusions to the marvelous gifts of God’s grace (see Isa. 42:6-8). The New Testament records the fulfillment of this prophecy: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering the sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18 KJV). Indeed, the whole purpose of God’s redemptive plan in history was “to the praise of His glorious grace” (Eph. 1:6).

God’s grace was personified through his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is through him and him alone that we can be saved (Eph. 2:8-9). He is the only true hope for fallen man.

The psalmist concludes by reminding us that the Lord reigns forever. He ends as he began—with a paroxysm of praise, “Hallelujah!”

Personal Prayer

Dear Lord, I thank you for your “glorious grace” and what it has done in my life. I thank you for the Lord Jesus Christ who personifies your grace—your undeserved favor.

A Contemporary Praise Song

To the Praise of His Glorious Grace

Let us praise the One who chose us;

Let us thank the One who knows us;

Set apart, blameless in His sight;

Through the Son we have faith, we have life—

To the praise of His glorious grace.

May the God of our Lord, the Almighty Father,

Give you wisdom and peace, His comforting Spirit;

That you may know His love,

And you may know His riches, and you may know His mighty strength—

To the praise of His glorious grace.

Words and music by Michael W. Smith and Deborah D. Smith. © 1983 Meadowgreen Music Co.

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