Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
“Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield” (Psalm 33:20, ESV). What is the help that we receive from the Lord? Chiefly, eternal hope of salvation rooted in Christ crucified for us.
Why does this hope of forgiven sins mean anything? Isn’t it some sort of a fool’s hope? The Scripture describes forgiveness as the only hope there ever is. As our will, our goodness, our desires make shipwreck of our lives, we see more and more that we need a mighty deliverer. We can’t gain the forgiveness for our sins, and those sins are absolutely real. What else would we do? We turn to the Lord in faith and ask his forgiveness.
No matter what we try, our armies, our forces of horsemen, our wisdom, our intelligence, our courage, none of it will have any avail. We can’t hope to be saved by our might, but only by God’s might and power.
Then, as we realize our identity as the blessed people of God, we are truly blessed. We see that we are chosen by God’s mercy. We are secure in him, not in ourselves.
Our soul waits for the Lord. Come quickly, Lord, to save your people.
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