The God of the Universe and of the Individual

Michael Wilcock

READ : Psalm 119:89-96

All things serve you . . . I am yours. (vv. 91, 94 NIV)

So many people in our world, so many worlds in our universe – how small one individual seems in comparison. Then consider time as well as space, and all the ages of history and pre-history, and a single human being could feel even more insignificant.

But the believer thinks differently. “If the God who made all this, and keeps it going, cares about me, then all that awesome power is at work also in his dealings with me, and his power is my protection, and the guarantee that all will be well in the end.”

So after the distress of the last few sections, these verses strike a different note. Affliction is still a reality, and the wicked are still “waiting to destroy me,” but the psalmist confronts them positively and confidently. His words reflect those of Paul in the last twelve verses of Romans 8: “In all things God works for the good of those who love him . . . Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? – trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, sword? . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors” (NIV).

This hymn stanza by Thomas Lynch illuminates a phrase (“all things serve you”) from verse 91 of our psalm:

Say not, my soul, “From whence

Shall God relieve my care?”

Remember that Omnipotence

Has servants everywhere.

PRAYER

God of the universe, how amazing that you should care for me!