Dead or Alive

“Give me life, O LORD, according to your word!” Psalm 119:107

 There is a lot to be said about what we have now when compared to where we have been.

I am slow-walking through Psalm 119 this month. With a cup of coffee in hand, one morning this week I waited for enough light to read and, instead, prayed the psalmist’s heart: “I love your word, O LORD” (v. 97). Father, may my heart have the joy of the psalmist for the Word of God—even more than a stunning early morning sunrise (v. 111).

Sunrises change each day; the Word of God stands forever. Life circumstances can change every hour; God’s Word and His steadfast love speak—sing—everlasting life every minute (v. 88). The psalmist asks for life “according to your word.” Here are some thrilling, thanks-inviting, worship-compelling words God has said about life in the Word of God.

  • Jesus Christ is the only true way to eternal life. Jesus declared, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6-7).
  •  We are now dead to self—crucified with Christ—and can really live because Christ is in us—now. “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
  •  We are no longer chained by hopeless death but have begun eternal life—now: “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life” (John 5:24).
  •  Christ is everything. Life is Christ-centered and to die right now is to our advantage: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).
  •  Jesus is an available safe, comforting, guiding, protecting shepherd for we who are His sheep—now and forever. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
  • God’s love is all around, in, and through life: “In your steadfast love give me life” (Psalm 199:88).

Certainly, there are passages that speak to the tough, sacrificial side of life with Christ. And daily, a gray day has serious temptations to a unscriptural thought, e.g., “Just pull the blanket over my head and go back to sleep.” Yet, God’s Word invites me: Get up for “This is the day [life] the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).

Father and Giver of life, there are many competitors to the life You offer through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Please help me to single-mindedly chase after Him with a heart for the One who is our life.


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