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The Son's Confidence in the Father

Acts 2:25-28
David said about him: "I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence." (NIVUK)

Religious Jews value the Old Testament Scriptures: the Psalms are their hymnbook. Although we do not know any of the original melodies, the words express inner thoughts and emotions of human beings who trust God. Today's verses come after Peter had started to explain that Jesus' crucifixion was not a mistake (Acts 2:22-24). God the Son trusted His Father to bring Him through death, as these words from Psalm 16:8-11 describe. Even though King David wrote the Psalm to reflect his own relationship with God, the Holy Spirit showed Peter how it perfectly described Christ's confident love-bond with Father God.

Although the format of Word@Work does not allow space for the Psalm's text to be set out as poetry, the meaning is clear. Through eternity past, Lord Jesus Christ had always honoured His Father's authority. On earth, although God the Son did not relish the prospect of suffering on the cross (Luke 22:42-44), He was not deflected from His calling (Isaiah 50:7). His heart was steadfast, trusting in His Father to raise His body from death (Hebrews 5:7).

Jesus knew that He would never be abandoned, nor would His body decay after it died. Instead, it would be glorified and seen alive on resurrection day. Jesus knew who He was, the Holy One of God. Interestingly, so did the demons (Luke 4:34), even though the religious leaders did not recognise Him. The Son was totally confident in His joyful eternal relationship with the Father. Christ came from eternity and would return there until He comes back with the Father's full authority to gather His people and judge those who refuse to belong to Him.

God the Holy Spirit continues to speak through the words of Scripture, which He originally inspired (2 Peter 1:20-21). That is why the Bible is the primary authority for every believer. Not just because of the information it conveys or the historical circumstances it describes, but because God speaks directly to our hearts through it. Its ability to teach and train, rebuke and correct is because God is speaking to the depth of our desires (2 Timothy 3:16). That is why Word@Work is so called; not just God's Word in the workplace, but that God's Word has power to work in our hearts when we listen to Him. So every time you read the Word, listen and ask Him what He is saying. If Jesus could trust God's Word, why don't you?

Prayer 
God of truth and love. Thank You for continuing to speak through Your Word. Forgive me for the times I have not wanted to read Your Word, or allow its truth to settle in my heart. Please give me a new respect for the Bible, expect You to speak to me through it, and then to follow what You say. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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