Psalm 9:6 – “The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins……”
Have you ever had one of the days when everyone that you come in contact with seems to be having one of those days? Anger, frustration, and edginess seems to be everywhere. Horns blaring, fingers shaking (or pointing), and voices ringing out as people scream. Or silence and angry stares and head shaking might be the rule of the day. Sometimes, some days, some people are having one of those days and its obvious by the anger, the depression, and the pain on people’s faces.
Yet as a Christian the truth is that we shouldn’t have those kinds of days. We shouldn’t be known for our anger or our frustration. Instead we are called to be people of joy. And why shouldn’t we be? After all we are a part of an unshakable kingdom (Hebrews 12). We are given the promise of stability and even more than that the promise of victory.
One day we will be victorious. As children of God we are citizens of the kingdom of God and that kingdom is a victorious kingdom. It became a victorious kingdom when Jesus burst forth from the grave. It was then that the enemy lost the war. The battles still rage but there is no doubt who will be victorious. As Paul says in the 1 Corinthians “thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Through Jesus’ work on the cross and through the empty tomb we are given the victory. The enemy will come to an end in “everlasting ruin”. He will be banished into the lake of fire and along with him sin, sickness, fear, pain, and death. We will be victorious. That victory is already secure yet not yet fully realized. Still we are victorious which means we should live joyfully.
Sometimes however we don’t. Sometimes we find ourselves having one of those days, or weeks, or even months. Why? Because we forget, we forget the power of the Gospel and we forget what Jesus did for us. We forget that we are ultimately victorious through the blood of Jesus. Because of that as one person put it, ” we need to continually remind ourselves of the Gospel.” Or as Martin Luther put it we “should beat the Gospel into our heads”.
We need to be reminded. And yet the good news is that even when we forget God is still faithful and His grace sustains us even during the midst of those days. Which is cause for even more joy as we go from grace to grace. To God be the glory!