Monday: Psalm 26; Isaiah 9.8-21; Philippians 1.1-11

From: Scotland Huber

God’s anger and rage. A servant’s blameless life.

The scripture here in Isaiah is terrifying. “His anger is not turned away, his hand is still up raised.” Judgement, wrath, and devouring. And then on the other hand, here in Pslam 26, we see a completely innocent and faithful servant of the Lord. “I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.” Not quite the sentiment I can easily relate to.

Yet, I need to be reminded of both of these realities. God’s judgment is real. And so is my righteousness. Not my own earned righteousness, but an innocence that has been given to me. I should be sitting alongside Israel in this picture of God’s wrath. Yet instead I’m given the gift of Christ’s righteousness.

Yes, we all know this. But read these verses again and try and hold the reality afresh. We have been moved from the verses of Isaiah into the verses of Psalm 26.

And when I still don’t feel anywhere close to Psalm 26, and it feels like a joke that I can be innocent before God, remember his promise here in Philippians: “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Be confident in this. That is my prayer for all of us, for my own heart. That I can be confident that God, entirely in God’s sole faithfulness and power, will continue the work He began to transform me.

May our love abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, to the glory and praise of God.

And if you need a break from Christmas music, here is an oldie that came to mind while reflecting on these verses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuDS1mzsO-k

I am a husband, father, community health advocate, graduate student, photographer and amateur music curator living in Dorchester. I absolutely love end-of-year-best-of lists.