Monday, July 3, 2023
What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord, whose people he has chosen as his inheritance.
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But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine. We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.
My oh my, these few verses on our relationship with God are as wonderful as they are complicated. You see, far too often, we cherry-pick passages from the Old Testament specifically made to the nation of Israel and seek to apply them personally or politically to ourselves. Only in arrogance would any nation other than Israel seek to apply these promises to their nation — especially the phrase, "whose people he has chosen as his inheritance." However, two factors make this verse appropriate for us:
We can lean in to accept the promises of the second part of our verses. We can trust that the Lord's unfailing love surrounds us and saves us.  Our hearts can rejoice because the power of the Lord's holy name sustains us. We can declare to our God that "our hope is in you alone" because our Savior will never leave, abandon, or forsake us. 
So please, dear friend in Jesus, remember that everything in this world is passing away and cannot sustain you. Our life on earth is short and fleeting, and our time here is barely a fleeting shadow in the passage of time. Our assurance is rooted in an eternal God and the promise of our eternal home guaranteed by the word and work of Jesus.
Almighty God, my Abba Father, I rejoice in knowing that my relationship with You is eternal. My hope is in Your unfailing love and Your proven faithfulness to Your promises. May Your love surround me and those I love. May our hearts honor You for Your goodness, greatness, and grace. You are my only true and lasting hope — my help and shield — so I place my life in Your hands and seek to live to honor You. Please accept my life as my worship given to honor Your holy name and your gracious love. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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