Rev Delme Linscott, in his latest devotional book ‘Jesus in the Psalms’, offers the following reflection on David’s question to God, “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?” (Psalm 13:1):
You and I have probably asked the same question too. Maybe it wasn’t of God, but certainly of life in general – how long with this situation carry on for? I am at the end of my tether! I can’t carry on anymore!
I find it interesting that we are usually able to bear hardships if we know there is a time limit on the difficulties we are facing. For example, if I could promise you that your present struggles would last for a month (week or day) you would probably be able to get through those heartaches. On the other hand, if you felt as if there was no end in sight – then you would struggle to prepare for those trials.
Jesus doesn’t wait forever to draw near to us. God chose a point in history to send his Son into the world, marking a definite moment of salvation. In the same way, Jesus will return at the right moment and our rescue will be complete. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you also may be where I am” (John 14:3).
Discovering Christ in the Psalms
Each of the 350 devotions (a week-long devotion on each of the first 50 Psalms), follow the same intent of discovering Christ in the Psalms. As Delme writes in the preface of the book:
The idea of this collection of devotions has been to take the first 50 Psalms and to read them through the lens of the New Testament…Discovering Christ in the Psalms is not anything new for the Church, but it may be a first for you and I…Perhaps the greatest advocate for finding Jesus in the Psalms was Martin Luther. He famously remarked that the Psalms can be received as a ‘little Bible’, because in them we will find the entire scope of God’s redemption story and the invitation for us to respond to the good news of God’s immeasurable grace.
Words which point us to God
The honest dialogue of the Psalms has resonated with Christians and the sincere seeker since they were first sung and Delme proves to be a gentle and insightful guide at a time when a world, gripped by a global pandemic, is desperately in need of words which point us to a God who is incarnate and present amidst all our troubles.
‘Jesus in the Psalms’ is a helpful resource for anyone looking for a new devotional journey or wanting their next personal bible study adventure.
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