Daily Dose of Courage – 17 May 2020

Short daily devotionals for the socially distanced. These are thoughts from my daily time in the word. I use a bible reading plan that will have me in a different section of Scripture every day.

I hope they serve to give you courage and hope. You can subscribe to receive them as a daily email at the bottom of the page.

Sunday, May 17th

Reading: Psalms 58-62

7 On God rests my salvation and my glory;

my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

8 Trust in him at all times, O people;

pour out your heart before him;

God is a refuge for us. Selah

— Psalm 62:7-8 (ESV)

I trusted Christ for salvation when I was 7 years old. I knelt at the foot of my parent’s bed and my dad knelt with me as I confessed that I was a great sinner who needed a great Saviour. I knew that I needed the righteousness of Christ to get me into right standing with God.

The problem was that then I believed the lie that ultimately staying in right standing with God depended on me. “Jesus got me in, but I kept me in” was the way that my twisted thinking defaulted towards. The problem with this was that I continued to be a rebel, and so it seemed to me all the time that my salvation was tenuous, and that as I found new ways to rebel, God would ultimately tire of me and cut me loose. This was a terrifying thought that led to lots of guilt, lots of bargaining with God, and lots of pretending to be better than I really was.

Passages like Psalm 62 are really helpful to tired religious souls like mine who are trying to keep their salvation by being good.

On God rests my salvation and my glory;

Wow, so God gets me in, and God keeps me in. My salvation is a result of His divine will and work, and He gets to decide on my righteousness based on His Son. So even when I don’t act like the redeemed son that I am, I still am a redeemed son because the work of redemption depends on God and not on me, and God doesn’t fail like I do. This is something that is worth shouting from the rooftops. God gives salvation. My salvation depends on him!!

This is brilliant news for someone who knows that they will fail. My hope isn’t in me. My hope is in God. Thomans Le Blanc once said of this verse:

On the shields of the Greeks, Neptune was depicted; on the shields of the Trojans, Minerva; because in them they put their confidence, and in their protection deemed themselves secure.… Now, Christ is the insignia of our shields.

Where is your hope for salvation being placed? I pray that it is in Christ. Carry that shield with His name on it, and nothing can take you down.

Courage, dear friends.

*Today’s post was taken from a devotion I wrote in a book of devotions called Selah.

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