June 17, In Jesus
Today’s reading: Psalms 81-85
“Love and faithfulness meet together;
righteousness and peace kiss each other” - Psalm 85:10.
The Psalms are about Jesus, even though David and others wrote them out of the reality of their own experience and need. In Jesus, we have a God who understands the human dilemma and the frailty of mankind. In Jesus, we have a man who became like you and me in all things except sin, and showed how to live a life pleasing to God. He not only gave the Law but He lived it in such a way so as to fulfill the Law. In Him, the righteousness of God in Christ and the peace with God gained through the cross of Christ did indeed come together or kiss each other. Jesus lived the psalms, prayed the psalms, and epitomized the message of the psalms to show us the way to relate to God as pilgrims in this world. Paul wrote this about Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:6-8).
Take some time to meditate on today’s verses, and then thank Jesus that He is your righteousness and that His death on the cross brought you peace with God the Father.