Celebrate before the Lord

June 4, 2020

Scripture Readings

God has a plan for his people. That is a fact that we must never forget. Even when the plan is impossible for us to understand, we must hold fast to the simple truth that God always has a plan for his people. The Lord went before David in the fight against the Philistine army, delivering the Philistines into David’s hands. And David celebrated! He praised the Lord for what he had done. That is the God we serve. The God who goes before us, who protects us, and who delivers us. The God who is always with us.

As we go through life, we must inquire of the Lord, as David did, and obey all that he tells us to do. God’s plan for our life is infinitely better than anything we could come up with. And we will celebrate the victories that will inevitably come when we trust the will of God (not to say that there won’t be tough times as well). At the end of the day, trusting our plans will end in destruction, but trusting God’s plan will lead us into great joy and peace.

In Acts 1and 2, we get a glimpse of God’s big-picture plan for humanity: redemption. As we read this passage, we should be reminded of the story in Genesis 11, where God scattered the people of the earth and confused their language. This was in response to their sinful ambition and their desire to go against God’s plan. Now, in Acts 1 and 2, we see God bringing the people together as the various languages of the nations are spoken by the apostles. God desires to redeem his people; he wants them to hear the gospel message and be saved. That is his plan for humanity. This idea is also clear in the Psalms passage.

God sees the weakness and the suffering of humanity, and he saves us; he delivers us. The redemption found in God is unlike any other. And for this, we praise him. We celebrate before the Lord, just as David did.   

Everitt Born

Ambrose student and insightful young adult