It’s been a while since I have added a new entry to this series! Today, it will be two verses which I tend to consider together…
The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men.
From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth;
He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.
The LORD will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
Concerning the first passage, I must say that it is the phrase, “He fashions their hearts individually” that grabs me. I am well aware that translations other than the KJV and NKJV render this differently, but I agree with the sentiments expressed in the Keil & Delitzsch commentary on the word here translated “individually” as well as the Septuagint’s choice of the Greek katamonas, which does communicate that same idea of individual, distinct creation.
The idea that the heart of a man has been formed indivdually by God — that He Who Crafted All Things would deign to shape my own heart, and to give the crafting of it His personal attention — is too wonderful for me. It reminds me that God is not just about saving “man” in His plan, but He is about saving men. Individual people, men and women, whom He has crafted — individually — to be vessels of His glory and His children for eternity. It is that idea of personal attention from the GOD OF THE UNIVERSE that awes me upon every reflection (and which has been a part of my Passover reflections this year).
The second passage I gave is related in that way. That David could say, “The LORD will perfect that which concerns me,” is amazing, and gives us reason to believe him when he says in v.1 that, “I will praise you with my whole heart!”
I strive to have the kind of faith that David here expresses, his confidence that the Eternal One — the God of ALL Creation, who created the universal laws of physics, and who crafted the wondrous expanse above our heads and the very earth beneath our feet — will personally attend to the matter of perfecting that which concerns him. As other translations render it, “The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me…” How could we dare to think that Almighty God would have a plan with me specifically & individually in mind and that He would dedicate Himself to seeing that plan fulfilled. Yet, that is the promise of Scripture. This, also, is too wonderful for me.