Looking at the sin of others without examining ourselves leads to wrong thoughts, attitudes and perspectives. It separates us from God’s will for our lives. It’s important to our Heavenly Father how we use our thoughts and emotions. Yes, we can have emotions (like anger) but we can’t allow them to cause us to sin against God or our neighbor. Ephesians 4:26
““Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!”
Luke 12:27–28, NIV
Jesus gave this series of teachings in Luke Chapter 12 on his way to Jerusalem. We can imagine that he passed meadows of wildflowers on his way. He may have referred to the scene as he elaborated on his admonition not to worry but to trust in God’s provision.
David has had quite a life by the time he wrote Psalm 23. He states that “goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”. What David? Do you not remember all the hardship, betrayals, your own sin with it’s painful consequences? How can David say that goodness and mercy SHALL follow him all the days of his life? He can make such a bold statement because he knows the presence of God. He knows that it was due to the presence of God in his life that he was not utterly destroyed. Yes, he was knocked down but the Lord picked him up. Why? Not because of who David was but because of who God is. God is goodness and mercy and it is his presence in David’s life that preserves him. David further goes on with godly confidence to say that he will dwell with the Lord forever. Once his earthly ministry is finished, God is still not done with him. He will dwell with his precious Lord and Savior into all eternity.
God was David’s dwelling place because David knew that no matter the obstacle, sin or enemy, he could run to God for refuge and strength to overcome. You have the same dwelling place. Jesus promised his presence will be with you always. You can always turn to him in any situation.
You will dwell with Jesus forever, into eternity, because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for you.
God never leaves your presence but you can get distracted and forget you are in his presence. How can you maintain a remembrance of God’s presence? Bible reading, prayer and fellowship with other believers is the best place to start. May you dwell in the house of the Lord forever!
Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:28-30 (NIV)
Seven is the number of perfection in the Bible and the number of the sayings of as he hung on the cross for the sin of the world.
Jesus’ sixth saying was “It is finished.” This is the final saying recorded in the book of John. Luke’s Gospel includes the 7th- “Into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Luke 23:46.
A form of the word “finished” is repeated three times. “Finished” in verse 28 is exactly the same Greek word as verse 30. “Fulfilled” in verse 28 is a different word from verses 28 and 30 but from the same root meaning to complete or accomplish.
Importantly for us today, the verb tense of the word “finished” in Greek means “continuous”. It was finished then and it is still finished now. The meaning of “finished’ is more than “survived”. Jesus was victorious in accomplishing what he set out to do.
What Did Jesus Mean?
What did Jesus accomplish that he set out to do? The will of his father. Jesus demonstrated for us how to rightly focus our actions. Our greatest desire, our strongest hunger, should be to do the will of our Heavenly Father. (John 4:34)
In what ways did Jesus do the will of his Father?
If you want to be saved from the bondage of sin and forgiven, look to the cross. Jesus did it all. Jesus paid it all. There is nothing left for you to do but believe.
Won’t you believe in Jesus and all he did for you today?
Is it hard to find the strength to go on? David, writer of this Psalm had times he felt that way. He learned that sometimes you have to wait on the Lord, putting all your hope in him. Because of the Lord, you don’t need to fear but wait courageously for him to deliver you.
Thank you, Lord, for being our anchor of hope, the one who allows us to run and not get weary. Help us to wait on you.