Since God first placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, with the tree of life to eat of our relationship with God has been one of complete dependence. God is our Creator, our Provider, our Saviour. The Psalms are full of expressions of this dependence on God, couched in Hebrew poetry and song. The children of Israel were fully aware of their dependence on God, and of His amazing provision throughout their history, oftentimes in spite of their disobedience.
Psalm 86 sums up this attitude of dependence: it’s not one of obligation or duty on God’s part, and it’s not one of grumbling expectation or demand on our part. Rather, it is the creature turning his face to the Creator in anticipation of the good that will come from seeking Him. “Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.” (Psa 86:4 ESV) is the cry, and the expectation. Why? “For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.” (Psa 86:5 ESV)
In the day to day wants and needs we so often forget that what we most need, and what God most wants to give is His blessing, His goodness, the gladdening of our souls as our amazing God abounds in His love towards us. So, let’s call on Him, expecting that He, in His mercy and grace will gladden our souls!