2 Chronicles 26:1-28:27
1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:8
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Focus Verses: Psalm 118:13-14; 22-24
I was pushed back and about to fall, but the LORD helped me. 14 The
LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. - - - 22
The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; 23 the LORD has
done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is the day the LORD
has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
It's not unusual to hear someone at a church gathering quote "this is the day the Lord has made" from Psalm 118. It is
unusual, however, to hear them quote it with the same meaning the
psalmist had in mind. Most times you would think it meant: "Wow, what a
nice day! The sun is shining, the birds are singing; it's good to be
together on this lovely day that God has given us." But is that what
the Psalmist had in mind? Nope.
The "day" the
psalmist is talking about is certainly a good one, but exactly what
good "day" is he talking about? The day of salvation. The psalmist is
talking about the day of deliverance given to us by our faithful and
good God whose love endures forever. The psalmist was rejoicing in
God's salvation from a national perspective (v. 1), from a faith
perspective (vv. 2-3), and a personal perspective (vv. 5-6).
psalmist understood the need for rescue from sin in order to have
peace and fellowship with God (v. 27). In the New Testament, the
Apostles picked up on this theme and proclaimed Jesus to be the
ultimate deliverer the psalmist was pointing to. This is the day that
the Lord has made: the day of salvation through Christ Jesus, who laid
down his life for us and conquered death in order that we might have
eternal life, peace, and fellowship with God. Let us rejoice and be
Response and Action:
will give God thanks for the many ways he delivers and saves me. I
look to Christ Jesus as the supreme expression of God's faithfulness to
save. I will seek to be an instrument of God's faithfulness and grace
in the lives of others around me.
God, thank you for the ways you save and deliver me. Thank you for
bringing me through trials and hardships. Thank you for rescuing me from
an empty life. Thank you for liberating me from the fear of death.
Thank you for saving me and granting me eternal life through Jesus.
Thank you for reclaiming my life and renovating my spirit through the
indwelling of your Holy Spirit.
I rejoice in every day of deliverance you have made! I will rejoice
and be glad as I place my complete trust and confidence to keep and
save me to the end! Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Acts 4:11-12
11 He is 'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.' 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
How to Read the Psalms
by Tremper Longman