Read Psalm 28:6-9. 6Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. 7The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. 8The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed. 9Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.
David’s thanks and exultation over his personal rescue quickly become prayer for his people. His strength and his shield will become the strength of his people. The salvation of the anointed one will become the shepherding of the nation. David’s rescue becomes the shared rescue of God’s people.
This is exactly how we should see the rescue of Christ from the grave on that Easter Sunday. Jesus, the Lord’s anointed (Messiah) passed from death into the saving refuge of God’s eternal life, and so have we in Christ. We are now his people, his blessed heritage.
Or as Paul called us, his glorious inheritance.
Ephesians 1:18-20. 18having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,
Jesus’ salvation is our salvation. His rescue is our rescue. By the working of his great might he is our refuge, our shield, our strength. May our hearts always trust in him.
To live is Christ is to live securely in the refuge of Christ. The more this sinks in, the more we will exult in him and nothing else.
Prayer. Jesus, it’s hard to imagine myself as your reward, but that is what you say I am. Now I know I will always be safe in you. Amen.
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