During this Holy Week, I’d like to share Psalm 40 with you. You can find it here.
Psalm 40 provides us the opportunity to reflect on and give thanks for what God has done for us, as we look ahead to Easter. More importantly, perhaps, it allows us to stop and think about what our response should be. Psalm 40 gives us all three.
The Psalmist reminds us that God is there for us whenever we need him. All we have to do is call out. When we do, we can trust him to put our lives on a surer footing.
We are invited to serve God, not just in worship on a Sunday but in our daily lives. We are invited to trust him. We are invited to honour and serve the one true God, rather than the many false gods of modern-day life. We are invited to delight in the service of the Lord, doing what he desires for our lives. Finally, we are invited to share the Good News of what God has done for us, rather than keep it to ourselves.
We should also go one step further and help others who need him, too! Unless we “do”, it matters little what we believe, for faith without works is dead faith. This is what the parable of the good Samaritan is all about. You may be a Minister, preacher, or teacher, but unless you can live out faith in missional love then what you profess with your mouth is actually meaningless.
This after all, is why God comes in Christ. ‘Emmanuel’ is the New Testament word for “God-with-us”. God comes, does, and acts in the world. The bible begins with God revealed in the act of creation, in Genesis 1 and 2. The bible ends with God present with his people, in Revelation 21 and 22.
The Resurrection is God’s down-payment for new life. And so the Easter cry is shot through with hope, “The LORD” is risen!”
He is risen, indeed!
Easter peace to you and those with a special claim upon you.
Reverend Craig Morrison