The gift of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Who can scribe the depth of understanding that only Spirit to spirit may witness and secure for eternity? Yet, when the spirit thrills to the life to be found in this most priceless gift, one’s tongue may be loosed to sing the heart’s response to such great salvation.
David was an anointed singer and scribe who lived to express the language of what his spirit knew. “The Lord announced the word, and great was the company of those that proclaimed it.” (Psalm 68:11) I have often been grateful that David, as human as the rest of us, responded to the Lord from his design. True to the gifts God placed within him, the psalms are one portion of the eternal Word’s legacy in his life.
It is both fulfilling and challenging at times to be one of the ‘great company’ moved upon by Holy Spirit to proclaim what the Lord has spoken. As I shared in the introduction, the Spirit of the Lord chose now to move upon me to revive Salvation’s song and the message of Christ’s life and truth contained within.
He remains the powerful Word given for the perfecting of our souls. No other gift can compare.
Salvation’s Song is sung by multitudes, even as the Lord’s choir of redeemed ones multiplies. But it will never be sung on someone else’s behalf. It originates in one’s heart – intimate and repentant.
To sing the Songs of the Lord’s child, no amount of commentary or preaching will replace the soul’s need to be lifted up to Jesus who gave up His life for our salvation, with trust placed in Giver God.
Psalm 25 – our Salvation song echoes the themes throughout Jesus’ death song, where our identification with the immensity of His sacrifice, for us, begins. Themes of wait and rescue; trust and hope; shame reversed from dis-appointment; affliction and distress relieved by refuge; and ultimately, response to Jesus’ resounding proclamation of “It is finished!” with the petition to be shown, taught, instructed, and guided in the truth of His ways for life to our spirit, soul, and body.
In that spirit, this Lenten season serves to remind us afresh of the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. From that place, I invite you to sit with Jesus’ song from the Cross and sing back to Him the refrain of your own Salvation song. First verse of life newly found in Him or needful, deepened chorus in your song as an established vine.
To not hurry from His presence is to allow yourself to absorb His life and light. (John 1:1-5)
Psalm 25:1-3 (NIV)
To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.
Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.
Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths;
guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD.
Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in His ways.
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
The ways of the LORD are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant.
For the sake of your name, O LORD, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.
He will spend his days in prosperity, and his descendants will inherit the land.
The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish.
Look upon my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins.
See how my enemies have increased and how fiercely they hate me!
Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you.
Redeem Israel, O God, from all their troubles!
~ Gracefully Free
Light is silent, but it reveals.
Light is gentle, but it is mighty in its effects.
Light departs when the sun is down,
but it may be maintained by various luminaries until dawn again breaks.
Next: Psalm 26 – Our Redemption Song
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