Saturday, December 1, 2012

BOLD Christian Outreach Reflections from Psalm 16

Subtitle: When God speaks, David listens.
When God speaks through David, are we listening?

"My body rests securely because you do not abandon my soul to the grave or allow your holy one to decay." Psalm 16: 9-10. (God’s Word, Copyright 1995 by God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society,

Jesus died and rose from the dead before His physical body began to decompose. He was dead. We know this because of the watery blood that flowed from His side when He was pierced with a sword. He was wrapped up in a burial garb and placed in a tomb on the first day of His death just before the sun set. He remained in the tomb throughout the next day, which was the Sabbath day. However, He rose on the morning of the third day with a fully restored physical body.

How did David know that this would happen? Was David just expressing wishful ramblings?

David states in an earlier verse, "I will praise the Lord, who advises me" (vs. 7). He spoke what the Lord told him to speak! David trusted in the Lord. He followed the Lord's lead. He walked knowing that the Lord was beside him. He knew that with the Lord beside him no one could defeat him. Not even death! David understood that his relationship with the Lord was an everlasting relationship. The Lord was David's true soul mate, the One who would never abandon him.

This relationship is also ours through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus made this possible by his death and resurrection. The promises made to David are also for all who are transformed by God's Word through the power of the Holy Spirit.

How should we respond? We can go about our daily tasks BOLDly proclaiming the risen Christ and trusting in the fulfilled promises of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the risen Lord and Savior of David. 

A personal prayer: Thank you Jesus, You died and rose to pay the price for my sins. In You I know that I will have eternal life. Help me to share this good news with the confidence that comes from knowing that You keep your promises. As David wrote words of truth that came from You, help me to be BOLD as I reach out to others with your promise of salvation. Amen.

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