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Double Trouble

Hello, God has given me something in Psalm 119:143 which says:

“Trouble and distress have come upon me,
    but your commands give me delight.”

The Psalmist is saying that he is in trouble, so he asks God for his commands. That doesn’t make sense. The Psalmist wants to be put under law? He wants to have the punishment of death on him? He actually thinks he can obey the law? If he tried, he would die, or he would have to offer a sacrifice. No one can keep the law perfectly by themselves (no one who is only human).

But we are all under the law. We all deserve to die. But there’s good news! The Good News actually. The Good News that Jesus died in our place! He came down and died on a cross for our sin. We were all under the law, but we couldn’t keep it. Then Jesus came, and He kept it perfectly, and yet He paid for our sin! He died on a cross for us, and lived righteously for us. Praise God! When we were in trouble and distress, God saved us. Psalm 34:6 says:

“This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.”

Jesus paid it all, all we had to do was cry out to Him. He answered us by giving His own life for us. How loving?! We were His enemies, and yet He saved us from sin! Romans 5:7-8 says:

“Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Jesus died for His enemies! He loved us so much that He gave His life!

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for loving me so much. Thank You for giving Your son to save me out of my trouble. Thank You for all the blessings You’ve given me. Please help me to love You more. Please help me to rejoice in You, and spread the Gospel out to others so they may love You too. Please help me to grow in Your more, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland



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