17 Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand,
the son of man you have raised up for yourself.
18 Then we will not turn away from you;
revive us, and we will call on your name.
19 Restore us, Lord God Almighty;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.
In the proceeding verses of this chapter, we see Israel referred to as a ‘vine’. But in today’s three verses the image of Israel as a vine now shifts to a more personal image of Israel as a “son,” a son that God has raised for himself. It has been God’s plan all along for Israel to bring the message of salvation to the world. However, Israel never was that faithful son in the full sense. That is why Jesus had to come. He is the truly faithful son and the True Vine.
May we be encouraged today through this passage that with Christ being the True Vine and the ultimate faithful son, we can put our hope and trust in Him. This is all possible because of what He has done for us on the cross and as a result, we can now also part take with him in the Vine analogy where Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. As long as we stay connected to the true Vine, we can execute the great work that has been entrusted to us all for God’ glory.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Invite the Holy Spirit to still you, fill you, and restore you. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him”