“Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed! Truth springs up from the earth, and righteousness smiles down from heaven. Yes, the LORD pours down his blessings. Our land will yield its bountiful harvest. Righteousness goes as a herald before him, preparing the way for his steps.”
Psalms 85:10-13 NLT
What a beautiful Psalm for the week of Easter. This weekend we celebrate the death of Death. The Great Deceiver assumed he had won as our Savior lay in his tomb, but little did he know that Christ would undo his greatest trick and rise from the dead. Death was not the end—not even close. All things are being made new!
The Psalmist looks to the future, to the coming of Christ, in this Psalm of praise about the Lord’s goodness. Our hearts declare the same praises as we look back to Christ’s coming and ahead to his return. Christ ushered in his Kingdom during his time on Earth, beginning God’s good mission of renewing all things. And wonder of wonders, he not only makes us new, but invites and empowers us by his spirit to join in this holy work. What joy!
So our devotion will have a simple, but important conclusion. This week—especially this week—take time to rejoice! “Truth springs up from the earth, and righteousness smiles down from heaven.” Oh, what goodness and love God has for us! Let Easter be a reminder and the beginning of a daily celebration of God’s love, shown to us through his Son. Let us not be solemn and contemplative when it comes to his resurrection. He has defeated Sin & Death, and he has rescued us from their grip. So again I say, “Rejoice!”
We thank you and give you praise. Your heart towards us is goodness and kindness and love. You have rescued us, saved us, renewed us, and gifted us. Thank you. We are blessed by your love, and honored by the invitation to join you in what you are doing. Lord, we celebrate you. We celebrate your Son. We celebrate the Holy Spirit. We give you praise and gratitude for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We give you praise and gratitude for our life, death, and resurrection through Christ. We love you! This Easter we give you our gratitude, thanksgiving, and appreciation. We love you Father and rejoice in you, your Son, and your Spirit! [Offer a prayer of rejoice in your own words.]
In the name of the one who has risen, Amen.