O God, save me by your name,
and vindicate me by your might.
2 O God, hear my prayer;
give ear to the words of my mouth.
3 For strangers[insolent men] have risen against me;
ruthless men seek my life;
they do not set God before themselves. Selah
4 Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord is the upholder of my life.
5 He will return the evil to my enemies;
in your faithfulness put an end to them.
6 With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.
7 For he has delivered me from every trouble,
and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.
Psalm 54 is a Psalm of David. A Psalm written by a man who saw war, homelessness, being overlooked by his father and brothers, marked as a criminal, a mercenary. And he lived through victory, indulgence, defeat and into old age.
David lived Life. Jesus says He is Life.
We live in time when the news generally isn't great.
People have doubts about their children's futures. Most of us are amazed at least once a month by a new phone app or a computer application.
Sometimes it helps to remember my grandmothers grew old after facing life's hardships. I know they had years life shook them like waves. They were not like the centenarian documentaries of never worrying, self-reliance and hard core assurance - because life shook them in difficult, difficult circumstances. Yet both women found they endured and looked forward to more life with God in eternity.
How are we saved? By the blood of Jesus.
I wouldn't turn this down, especially at the Communion Table.
By the cross of Jesus? It is the symbol of victory of the LORD over the enemy of death, despair, false witness.
Yet David grasps something very important here.
We are saved by the name of Jesus. The Christ. The Son of God. The LORD.
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth
What shall we say about our JESUS?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself
If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †