The works of his hands are truth and justice. All his precepts are trustworthy, steadfast forever and ever, done in truth and uprightness. He sent redemption for his people. He commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. All who do his precepts have good understanding. His praise stands forever.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We sing your praises because you are just, and in you, there are no lies; what you say is what you mean. You have given us your commandments in your word and written them on our hearts so that we know right from wrong in our conscience. These will remain forever. However, often we fall short of keeping them, and in our sin, we miss the mark of loving you and others. So what do we do? We would stand condemned to an eternity of suffering on our own, but we don’t because you sent your Son to redeem us from all our sins. When our sins bound us to eternal death, Jesus suffered for all our sins and then defeated death by giving up his life on the cross in our place. Jesus’ gift of forgiveness is ours through faith in Him, and as the Psalmist wrote, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Your Holy Spirit begins faith in us to believe our Savior’s works are for us. It is also there, in faith, that we desire to live a life of service to you for all the marvelous things you have done for us. Through your Son’s redemptive work, we have salvation, and through the Holy Spirit’s sanctification, we are set apart and restored to you, so sin no longer separates us from you and your love. May we have opportunities today to sing your praises to those who do not know you, that they, too, will have the Holy Spirit work in their hearts and know the forgiveness and redemption their Savior won for them on Calvary’s cross. Amen.
Written through Pastor Roger Emmons
God’s works are truth and justice. The truth is this: you are a sinner, and God sent his Son to pay for all your sins. His justice is this: he punished Christ in your place, and this is for all who believe. Forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life are for all who believe, for you!