Grace and truth (Psalm 57)

We all face troubles at times. David certainly did so, running for his life from Saul. What sustained him?

Two things: God’s faithful love and truth.

God had promised that he would make David king. And because of God’s faithful love and unbreakable word, David could say with confidence, “God will fulfill his purpose for me.” (2)

He sang,

He reaches down from heaven and saves me,
challenging the one who tramples me.
God sends his faithful love and truth. (3)

Faithful love and truth. Those words are repeated time and again in the Old Testament. And when the Old Testament was translated into Greek, it came out “grace and truth.” Sound familiar?

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth…Indeed, we have all received grace upon grace from his fullness, for the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:14, 16-17)

God’s faithful love and truth. These things are also given to us. Through Jesus, God reached down from heaven to save us, challenging Satan who tries to trample us. In Jesus, God sent his faithful love and truth. And he will fulfill his purpose for us. What’s his purpose?

For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; and those he called, he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified. (Romans 8:29-30)

And so Paul says,

Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)

So in the midst of our troubles, let us remember God’s faithful love and truth, singing like David did!

I will praise you, Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your faithful love is as high as the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches the clouds.
God, be exalted above the heavens;
let your glory be over the whole earth. (9-11)

 

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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