Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Never, No Never, Forsaken

READ Psalm 43-44

In one of my favorite passages in the NT one of the verses from our Psalms today is quoted. The verse is 44:22, “Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” Taken out of its setting, you might have a difficult time remembering exactly where it is in the NT. Here in the Psalms the verse is pointing out the fact that God’s people have at times suffered death because of their faith.

Paul takes this verse and plops it down in the middle of Romans 8 where he is reminding believers that nothing can ever separate us from the love of God in Christ…even death. “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God 's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died —more than that, who was raised — who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “ For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39)

What a blessed assurance for us as the Lord’s people. Glory!

Prayer: Father, thank you again for the reminder of your grace and your steadfast love. That you that we have nothing to fear, not even death. Help us to see death in the victory of the cross because it simply delivers us into your eternal presence.

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