Friday, March 30 ::: As a Dread Warrior

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O Lord, you have deceived me,
    and I was deceived;
you are stronger than I,
    and you have prevailed.
I have become a laughingstock all the day;
    everyone mocks me.
For whenever I speak, I cry out,
    I shout, “Violence and destruction!”
For the word of the Lord has become for me
     a reproach and derision all day long.
If I say, “I will not mention him,
    or speak any more in his name,”
there is in my heart as it were a burning fire
    shut up in my bones,
and I am weary with holding it in,
    and I cannot.
For I hear many whispering.
     Terror is on every side!
“Denounce him! Let us denounce him!”
    say all my close friends,
     watching for my fall.
“Perhaps he will be deceived;
    then we can overcome him
    and take our revenge on him.”
But the Lord is with me as a dread warrior;
    therefore my persecutors will stumble;
     they will not overcome me.
They will be greatly shamed,
    for they will not succeed.
Their eternal dishonor
    will never be forgotten.
O Lord of hosts, who tests the righteous,
who sees the heart and the mind,
let me see your vengeance upon them,
for to you have I committed my cause.

Sing to the Lord; praise the Lord!
For he has delivered the life of the needy
from the hand of evildoers.

Jeremiah 20:7-13

audio Psalm 21, Isaac Watts (1674-1748) / Warrior, Dave Moisan, Neil Robins & Bobby Gilles (2008)

image : Heroes 1915, Alban Egger-Lienz

The devil thought he was defeating Christ, but Christ was reconciling us to God, defeating the devil and delivering us out of his clutches. Here is one of the most wonderful things about the cross. Here is one of the most glorious reasons for glorying in the cross. Here Christ defeated our ultimate enemy, the devil, the one who originally brought man and the universe down. He was cast out, he was defeated. He has been put in chains. And finally, he is going to be completely and utterly destroyed.  He will be cast into the lake of fire with the beasts and all the false prophets. And he will have no more power.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, 20th century

 

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