19 Long ago you spoke in a vision to your faithful people.
You said, “I have raised up a warrior.
I have selected him from the common people to be king.
20 I have found my servant David.
I have anointed him with my holy oil.
21 I will steady him with my hand;
with my powerful arm I will make him strong.
22 His enemies will not defeat him,
nor will the wicked overpower him.
23 I will beat down his adversaries before him
and destroy those who hate him.
24 My faithfulness and unfailing love will be with him,
and by my authority he will grow in power.
25 I will extend his rule over the sea,
his dominion over the rivers.
26 And he will call out to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
Jesus, David’s son, has won the victory on the cross. All spiritual principalities and powers have been defeated. What appeared to be a crushing blow was reversed when Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. The love between the Father and the Son was demonstrated by the Son’s amazing trust in his Father and his Father’s commitment to his Son not to forsake him or abandon him to the grave. Jesus having walked through the valley of death speaks to us of a better way; and a promise . . . He will never leave us or forsake us. The heavenly Father keeps his promises (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray and praise God for one aspect of his character that is meaningful to you, confess your sin, give thanks for the good things in your life, ask for what you need.