Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
Really, we should be saying that every day, not just on Easter Sunday! Good morning my friends. I pray that this past weekend was incredibly fulfilling as you meditated on the history changing event that was the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Not only was that event the turning point in history, it was and is the turning point in million of individual lives all through history.
That is the strange thing about Easter; it is a mix of the corporate and the individual. On the one hand, Christ died for the salvation of many (as he proclaimed to his disciples during the Last Supper), that anyone (the nameless, faceless masses) can have faith in Jesus and be saved. On the other hand, Christ died for me and he died for you. It is intensely individual and personal. It was my stripes that he bore, it was my sin that pinned him to that tree.
I think that is why the Psalms speak so powerfully to so many people. They are deeply individual. They are the cries of individual people (David among others), who have experienced or cry out to experience God in specific ways depending on their circumstances and contexts. That is exactly how each of us interact with God as well. Take for the readings for today and the wide range of human experience they portray:
Psalm 6 is a cry for help and deliverance from sin and evildoers.
Psalm 8 is a Psalm of pure praise and wonder at how God treats humanity
Psalm 9 is a statement of confidence in God’s place on the throne as King
Psalm 10 proclaims the arrogance of those who live as if God does not exist and how they will be brought up short in due time
Psalm 14 talks about God as the deliverer of his people
Psalm 16 is a proclamation of devotion and dedication as the writer sees others turning away to other gods
Psalm 19 talks about how creation points us toward God and how God’s instructions guide our lives
Psalm 21 David talks about how, even as king, he relies on God for victory and blessings and even cheer
And those are only 8 of 150 Psalms! Expressions from individual people about God’s character, his conduct, his presence in their lives and their incredible reliance on him in all situations of life (from temptation, to failure in sin, to victory over their enemies, to despair in times of trial and loss).
Remember, that while God sent Jesus to dies for the many, the many includes you as an individual; and God is interested in all areas of your life.
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 1-2