Daily Lectionary: Ezekiel 33:1-20; Romans 3:1-18

 

My steadfast love I will keep for him forever, and my covenant will stand firm for him. (From the Introit for the Baptism of Our Lord)

 

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The ruler has come: Jesus, son of David, yet David’s Lord. Anointed with sin by John the Baptist. The firstborn and highest of kings, with whom the Father is well pleased. The covenant will stand. The Lord promises He shall fall for the sins of the world. The steadfast love of the Lord looks like Jesus, hanging on a cross for you.

The psalms twist into knots when we try to figure out where we fit in them. The Bible is about Jesus, not about you. Take, for example, Psalm 22. The opening line is “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Read the remaining verses and it becomes obvious that this psalm is ultimately all about Jesus. Sure, David wrote this psalm because he was suffering from profound loneliness during his own circumstances. And sure, we can draw great comfort ourselves just by reading David’s words. But at the end of the day, the psalms are focused on Jesus, and Jesus for us.

There’s a reason our liturgy is packed with the psalms. The liturgy is God’s giving and sinners’ receiving. Even when we “praise” God, we give Him His own words back. They’re words of the covenant, the recognition of His faithfulness and love. Our words echo what we’ve received. “You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation” (Psalm 89:26). In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. –Rev. Harrison Goodman

 

There stood the Son of God in love, His grace to us extending; The Holy Spirit like a dove Upon the scene descending; The triune God assuring us, With promises compelling, That in our Baptism He will thus Among us find a dwelling To comfort and sustain us. (To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord, LSB 406:4)

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