July 27, 2021

As I completed my study of (Psalm 69) this morning with (vs. 22-36), I concluded that one of the benefits to our salvation in Christ is the union we have with Christ; when we trust in Jesus Christ alone to save us, His life, death, and resurrection becomes our life, death, and resurrection. David showed us that our oneness with Christ means more than the “easy life.” If we genuinely unite with Christ in salvation, we will also join with Him in the persecution and suffering He endured, (1 Peter 2:20-24) says it this way: “For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness— by whose stripes you were healed.”

One might be asking the question, “How can our union with Christ be beneficial if it means we must endure persecution and suffering?” Good question, and one David answered in (v. 32), “And you who seek God, your hearts shall live.” Those of us who truly seek God will live forever because “in Christ,” we are already victorious over persecution and suffering that will come our way. Although evildoers may crowd around us, in Christ, we have already overcome. For that reason, “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them” says (v. 34).

Friends, although those who do evil against us may never be brought to justice on this earth, justice will come upon Jesus Christ’s return. Regardless of the timing of Christs’ return, in Him, we will preserver. May we praise God for our union with Jesus and rest in the victory He won at the cross on our behalf. Would you pray with me?

Father, hear my voice. Lord, listen to my prayer. Please save me from my enemies and their evil ways. Please help me to recognize their bad intentions. Do not let the false and hurting words of them touch me. Protect me from devastating enemies’ actions. Please don‘t let evil destroy and triumph over my life. God, I can rely only on you this hard hour, and only you can save me. Father, I believe and trust you. Please listen to my prayer. Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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