WEEKLY DE­VO­TION

How do you wish to be re­mem­bered in Christ’s judg­ment?

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - NEWS - [De­vo­tion by Randy Moll. Scrip­ture quoted from the King James Ver­sion of the Bible.]

“Re­mem­ber, O LORD, thy ten­der mer­cies and thy lov­ingkind­nesses; for they have been ever of old. Re­mem­ber not the sins of my youth, nor my trans­gres­sions: ac­cord­ing to thy mercy re­mem­ber thou me for thy good­ness’ sake, O LORD.” Psalm 25:6-7

Ad Te Le­vavi is the tra­di­tional name for the first Sun­day in Ad­vent. It is the Latin ti­tle for the in­troit of the day, from Psalm 25:1: “Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.”

As we pre­pare for Christ’s sec­ond ad­vent — His tri­umphal en­try into this world as eter­nal King and Judge — we lift up our souls unto the LORD and pray that He would re­mem­ber and look upon us in His mercy and not ac­cord­ing to our sin­ful­ness un­der His law.

We pray that the LORD God (Je­ho­vah God) would re­mem­ber His ten­der mer­cies and His lov­ingkind­nesses which He promised from of old — to Adam and Eve in the Gar­den, to Abra­ham, to David and to all the Old Tes­ta­ment saints (cf. Gen. 3:15; 22:18; Ps. 51; Isa. 53; 55:1ff.).

If the LORD were to deal with us ac­cord­ing to our sins, none of us could stand in His judg­ment. We would all be con­demned to the ev­er­last­ing tor­ments of hell be­cause of our sin­ful hearts and our sin­ful thoughts, de­sires, words and ac­tions (cf. Psalm 130:3ff.; Matt. 15:19; Rom. 3:9ff.; Gal. 3:10).

As sin­ners, con­demned by God’s holy law, we flee in faith to the grace and mercy of God for the sake of His Son, the Lamb of God who made atone­ment for the sins of the world (John. 1:29; 1 John 1:8 – 2:2; Rom. 3:19-26). We pray: “Re­mem­ber not the sins of my youth, nor my trans­gres­sions: ac­cord­ing to thy mercy re­mem­ber thou me for thy good­ness’ sake, O LORD.”

And, be­cause Je­sus Christ died for all our sins and rose again on the third day, those who look in faith to Christ and His cross for mercy are par­doned, for­given, jus­ti­fied and ac­cepted of God (cf. Rom. 3:21-26; Eph. 1:6-7; Gal. 3:13, 26-27); and they have a place in His ev­er­last­ing king­dom (John 3:14-16; Mark 16:16; Rom. 5:1-10,17).

Je­sus Christ is com­ing again! Though He en­tered into Jerusalem, the cen­ter of the Old Tes­ta­ment church, humbly and rid­ing on a don­key nearly 2,000 years ago with some hail­ing Him as the promised Mes­siah and King and oth­ers re­ject­ing Him, He now is com­ing as King of kings and Lord of lords and ev­ery knee shall bow (cf. Phil 2:9-11; Rev. 19:11-16). He will judge the liv­ing and the dead.

How do you wish to be re­mem­bered in that Day? Ac­cord­ing to your sins and many trans­gres­sions, or ac­cord­ing to His mercy for the sake of His blood shed upon the cross for the sins of all?

“Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.”

O LORD God, our gra­cious Sav­ior, do not deal with us ac­cord­ing to our sins as we justly de­serve un­der Your holy law, but deal with us in Your mercy and lov­ingkind­ness for the sake of the holy life and in­no­cent suf­fer­ings and death of Christ Je­sus, Your dear Son and our Re­deemer. In His name, we pray. Amen.

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