“The Lord is my light and my salvation … The Lord is the strength of my life” (Psalm 27:1).
We read these words from a faraway place and a long time ago, and we wonder, “Are these words for us? Are they for today’s world? or Should they be left in the past?” Does God’s Word give us an answer to our questions?
In Hebrews 13:8, we read words that bring the past, present and future together – “”Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.”
In John 17:20, we read about Jesus, praying for his first disciples – and for every future generation of believers: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message. This includes us!
When we read that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and for ever”, we confess that we cannot take this all in. It’s too much for us!
The more we think about Jesus Christ, we confess that our words can only take us so far, and we bow before him in worship, saying, “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).
To know that Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever, brings great joy to our hearts: “”Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).
This gives us the strength that we need to keep on trusting Jesus and living for him: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
We read the words of Nehemiah 8:10 – “The joy of the Lord is your strength”, and we hear more than words from far away and long ago. We hear the voice of our living Saviour, calling us on to greater faith in him, calling us to walk, more closely, with him in the victory of faith (1 John 5:4-5).