Hello, God has given me something in Psalm 120:1 which says:
“I call on the Lord in my distress,
and he answers me.”
The Psalmist is saying that when he called on God, God answered him. God heard what the Psalmist had to say. He listened to the Psalmist. When he was in distress, he was answered by God. That must have been amazing. But, God actually answers us too! We were sinners. We deserved to die, and in our sin we cried out to God. He listened to us, and He answered us! He answered us by sending Jesus, who died on the cross in our place! Jesus died for us!
Jesus cried out for God to take the cup of God’s wrath away. But, God did not. He rejected His own son, and turned His face away, so that He could look onto us. He took us as His sons and daughters, even though we were His enemies. Just like David and Mephibosheth. 2 Samuel 9:7 says:
““Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.””
David is talking to Mephibosheth like he’s David’s own son. Saul was David’s mortal enemy, and Mephibosheth was Saul’s grandson. David showed his enemy kindness, because of one man: Jonathan. God showed us kindness, even though we were His enemies, because of the death of one man: Jesus. Jesus died in our place! Praise God! Now, we are the sons and daughters of God, not His enemies. We are His children because of Jesus’ love for us, and His death on the cross.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You so much that You heard us cry for salvation. Thank You that You sent Your son for us. Thank You that You made us Your children, Lord. Please help me to love You more. Please help me to spread the Good News that You sent Your son for us. Thank You for all the kindness You’ve shown us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland