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Rejoicing in Jesus
8/11 Reading Portions: 1 Samuel 1; Romans 1; Jeremiah 39; Psalm 13-14
But I have trusted in Your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. Psalm 13:5
As Jesus trod this earthen sod, He trusted in His Father’s mercy (steadfast love) every second of every moment of every day. He must. For although we have been saved by God’s grace in Jesus Christ, we often fail to trust in God’s merciful provision, the beastly and blessed sacrifice of the Son of God upon Calvary’s cross. The heavenly Father imputes Christ’s perfect trust to our account because, although the trust we have is a grace of God, it is often partial, wavering, or worked out in weakness. This gives us even more reason for our hearts to rejoice in Christ’s righteous life lived and holy death suffered.
Moreover, as perfect, sinless, holy Man, Jesus recognized and rejoiced in salvation as completely God’s. Although fallen men are recipients of God’s salvation, it still belongs to the LORD, first and last; through and through. Although Jesus was very God in human flesh, as the Son of Man, He never claimed salvation as His own— it belonged solely to His heavenly Father. For Jesus to claim otherwise would have been a weakness of presumptuous flesh and neither holy or wholly submissive in obedience unto death (Phil 2:8). Although we are saved through Christ suffering holy wrath, bearing our iniquities, dying the death as a Man, and shedding His blood as the atoning Sacrifice, it is still, eternally, God’s salvation. Certainly, since Jesus has risen from the dead in power and ascended into heaven with eternal glory, He claims salvation because He is very, eternal, and almighty God.
In, by and through Jesus Christ we own salvation, through faith by God’s grace. Our eternal inheritance is Jesus Himself, as the second part of the verse can be interpreted with a gospel eye: “My heart shall rejoice in Your Jesus and in His cross.” Hallelujah! What a Savior!
In Your mercy have I trusted,
Rejoicing in my heart
In Your salvation, O most Blessed:
I will sing to You for great Thou art.
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