"Psalm 51" art by Ingrid Blixt

Today: Psalms 51:10-19; Luke 24:1-35; Joshua 11 & 12

Psalms 51

“Create in me a clean heart, God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and sustain me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:10-12

Ah, the most beautiful verses of the beautiful Psalm. No matter what we have done, no matter how terrible the mistake, no matter how stupid the decision — God forgives when we come to Him with a contrite heart. There may likely be consequences we must endure for our sins, but God can and will restore when we seek Him.

"All Creation Sings His Praise" painting by Jen Norton

Luke 24

“Why are you seeking the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen.” Luke 24:5-6

Can you imagine the confusion, the tiny glimmer of hope, the absolute astonishment the disciples must have felt when their eyes were opened and they suddenly realize they are sitting with Jesus?! How incredulous they must have been. They had witnessed Jesus’ body being irreparably damaged. They watched Him die.

Yet there He was… ALIVE!!! Jesus was alive! Jesus IS alive!! It is finished. The battle is over. Death has been conquered. Jesus has provided a pathway to salvation. Jesus has given us access to GOD. Hallelujah, Jesus, thank YOU for Your sacrifice!!!

"Joshua Preparing to Cross the Jordan" painting by Marc Chagall

Joshua 11

“Just as the LORD had commanded His servant Moses, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD had commanded Moses.” Joshua 11:15

The details of the Israelites’ conquest of Canaan might be disturbing to modern readers. But the inhabitants of Canaan were very wicked people who practiced child sacrifice and other atrocities. God used the Israelites to mete out His divine retribution for their wickedness. The important message, though, is Joshua’s obedience to all God commanded. God gave the Israelites great victory because of their obedience.