March 10, 2022

Day 36: He Isn't Safe but He Is Good

Read Psalm 68

In C.S. Lewis’ allegorical book, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (from the Chronicles of Narnia series), two girls, Susan and Lucy, get ready to meet Aslan the lion, who represents Christ. Two talking animals, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, prepare the children for the encounter. “Ooh,” said Susan, “I thought he was a man. Is he quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”

“That you will, dearie,” said Mrs. Beaver. “And make no mistake, if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.” “Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy. “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver. “Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? Of course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the king, I tell you!” I love that. He isn't safe but He is good.

I wonder if we've lost a sense of awe of the mightiness of the Messiah. In Psalm 68, we see a mighty God who will rule from His holy city some day. Verse one says, "God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered; and those who hate him shall fleebefore him!" And because God is good, His followers don't have to live in fear of the conquering King. Quite the opposite.

Verse three says, "But the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy!" That sounds good doesn't it? Jubilant with joy! No matter what "enemies" you face this week- a toxic relationship or spiritual attack from Satan or a physical ailment, you can still have have jubilant joy because God is on His mighty throne and He is looking after His children!

And even if we face some defeats along the way, the war has been won. Jesus won the victory when He defeated death. And so we too will have victory over death. David writes, in v. 20 it says, "Our God is a God of salvation, and to God, the LORD, belong deliverances from death". He isn't safe but He is good.

What "enemies" are you facing in your life right now?

Are you living with jubilant joy? David says to "Sing to God, sing praises to his name" (v. 4). Singing songs of praise can help produce joy. Take some time to sing to the Lord.

Prayer for the day: "God, you are good and you are mighty. Your Son was victories over Satan at the cross. Death did not defeat him and death will not defeat me. Thank you for the victory, mighty God! Amen."

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