Words from the Heart for Sunday June 3rd, 2018
Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to your promise.
Psalm 119:154 (NIV)
Save my Life
As in creation, the Lord gave breath to mankind. The man was fashioned from the earth. Yet, he was made in the very image of God. He could not be everything God intended until the Lord breathed life into him. It is the same with us today. The living Word of God is that breath. Like the first man created, we receive life from the Word of God.
French chef Nicolas Appert invented the method of preserving food by enclosing it in sealed containers. Among the earliest glass jars used for home canning were wax sealers, named in reference to the sealing wax that was poured into a channel around the lip to secure a tin lid. In 1858, a tinsmith named John Landis Mason invented and patented a screw finish glass jar or bottle that became known as the Mason jar. In Canada, most mason jars carry the Bernardin brand.
Entire documentaries have been made about those who have been wrongfully convicted. Some of those who have spent years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit have sought restitution for the loss of those years. We long for justice and as followers of Jesus, we are called to speak up on behalf of those who are suffering injustice. The Psalmist puts it this way in Psalm 119:154, “Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to your promise.” David faced so many foes – even members of his own family. He kept a clean slate before the Lord, admitting his moral failures and most often living a life that pleased the Lord. So when he was treated unjustly, he had the confidence that the Lord would see to it that he got justice. After all, God had promised him that his legacy would live on. When we are facing injustice, we can call out to the Lord as well, asking Him to defend our cause. Let’s live our lives as David did, so that when we need to call upon the Lord, we will have the confidence that He will do so.
These have been words from the heart.