Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me… say to my soul, ‘I am your salvation.’ ” (Ps 35:1,3)
Our souls need to be reminded of God’s strength and His role as our deliverer. That is at least one reason that God has provided us with memorials. The Lord’s Supper weekly reminds the church of Jesus as our Savior (see 1 Cor 11:26 and Acts 20:7) and the gathering of Christians encourages us to remain steadfast in His love (see Heb 10:24-25). The constant reading of the Scriptures provides us with repeated reminders of our place in the mind of God to stir up our minds (see 2 Pet 3:1), and the many stories and examples of men and women saved by God’s deliverance surround us (see Heb 12:1).
These stories, letters, fellowship, and memorial acts speak to our souls a constant reminder:
“I am your salvation”
May we never forget.
Matt. 4:4 #Biblebites
“From men of the world, whose portion is in this life, and whose belly You fill with Your treasure; they are satisfied with children, and leave their abundance to their babes. As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake.” (Ps 17:14-15)
There is nothing wrong with wanting a good family, to raise children, and to enjoy what blessings we’ve been given and then leave an inheritance to our children. These are noble and healthy things that the Scriptures encourage (see Pr 13:22, Eccl 9:9, and 1 Tim 2:2)
But our desires should be loftier than that. The blessings of this life are the “icing on the cake”, but our portion should not be found here, but hereafter. The psalmist says that beyond the joys of hearth and home, he seeks to behold God’s face… something we simply cannot do in this life (see Ex 33:20).
We haven’t truly attained what life is all about until we’ve gone the last mile of the way. Press on, better things await.
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Php 3:14)
Matt. 4:4 #Biblebites
“You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.” (Ps 52:4)
It feels good to send that barbed one-liner response to your Facebook rival and sarcasm slips off the tongue with ease over an angry text message thread.
It is so much easier to cut than to heal. In an age of long-distance communication, we have perfected the art of mean words. Read the comments section of any news article or scroll the never-ending supply of political-fueled memes and you quickly realize that we are very good at tearing down and devouring each other with sound bites instead of constructive conversation.
Tame your words and you train your life.
“And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.” (Jas 3:6)
Matt 4:4 #Biblebites