DayBreaks for 04/20/11 – Our Fair and Lovely Hope
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope…- 1 Timothy 1:1
This past week I was in a meeting with some other pastors and we were discussing a passage of Scripture and how timely and wonderful the message was. There are passages of Scripture that whisper to us in our discomfort and renew our souls. Most of those passages are promises that God has given to us to encourage us along the way. One such passage is Psalm 23 – a passage that is perhaps more beloved than any other section of Scripture because it is a passage of hope and comfort.
Words rightly constructed and used are beautiful and, as the Hebrews believed, have great power. They viewed the spoken word to be akin to an arrow that was loosed from the bow and which flew out into the air: once released, it could never be recalled until it fulfilled the purpose for which it was sent.
Not too long ago, I came across a beautiful piece illustrating the beauty of words from an ancient Syrian Orthodox Liturgy that I want to share with you during this week leading to Easter. Here it is: How fair and lovely is the hope which the Lord gave to the dead when he lay down like them beside them. Rise up and come forth and sing praise to him who has raised you from destruction.
What is the “fair and lovely” hope which the Lord gave to the dead? It was giving them himself in death, lying down beside them Himself, becoming like them in death, so that when He rose up again in life, we can become like Him. As Paul said in 1 Timothy 1:1 above, Christ Jesus IS our hope!
PRAYER: There’s a great day coming, Lord, and we join with the martyrs under the altar is crying, “How long, Lord Jesus?” Even as we eagerly await the promises of the new world and everlasting righteousness in all things, help us to persevere with patience! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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