Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Two foundational truths

Psalm 36 reflects on two foundational truths of Christianity. The human race is desperately fallen, but God is rich in mercy. The psalmist gives clear evidence to these truths:

The wicked or fallen person sins from deep within the heart. There is no fear of God. He commits secret and hidden sins; speaks evil slanderous words and does not reject evil but embraces it. Fallen humanity does not just have a few weaknesses. Humanity is in total, whole scale rebellion against Creator God. Therefore, humanity must be reconciled to God, for he is the One who now stands against us as judge.

The second truth in Psalm 36 teaches God's love is precious and steadfast. It extends to the heavens so that only God can save humanity and all creation. We take refuge under "his wings" and find a divine welcome mat!

I love v.9: For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.

The answer to death is life and this life is in God's Son Jesus Christ. The answer to the darkness of sin is light and this light is Christ who illumines our darkened lives. John 1: 4 echoes the same truth: In Him [Jesus] was life; and the life was the light of all men!

Father, we were dead in our trespasses and sins. We did not have the ability to approach your throne. But you are rich in love and mercy. Thank you for rescuing us through your Son. By his light we see light; through his life we live. Amen