Here’s my devotional thought from one of the verses I considered, pulled from one of today’s portions of the R. M. M’Cheyne’s “Daily Bread” Bible Reading Schedule.
“In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” —Psalm 56:4
The flesh, in itself, is weak in comparison to the truth and power of the heavenly and spiritual. The Lord Jesus declared such a truth Himself when He said, “…the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matt 26:41).
Although Jesus was perfect Man in His incarnation, He did not take the flesh for granted. His flesh was susceptible to temptations in all points, just as we are, yet He did not sin because He surrendered His trust to the heavenly Father, not to temptation (Heb 4:15).
Jesus did not fear His humanity for He subdued it by praise for God’s Word (I will praise his word) through submission to God (In God); moreover, He placed His trust completely in God by submission to Him (in God I have put my trust), which is really an emphatic redundancy. Why? God is getting the reader’s attention with this repetition in submission.
The power of praise is saturated in God’s Word, found within God’s Word and comes from God’s Word (John 17:17). The strength of faith to trust in God is never divorced from God’s Word because it is empowered by God’s Word (Rom 10:17).
Filled with praise for God’s Word and full of trust for the God of the Word removed the fear of fallen men from Jesus as well (Psa 56:11). Since Adam’s fall, the flesh has lusted against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh (Gal 5:17). Men who are full of lusting flesh will arrogantly parade a false praise for God’s Word, only to defy the Living Word, Jesus Christ, and seek to destroy Him (Matt 27:1; Mark 3:6). Yet, Jesus feared not these presumptuous religionists.
If Jesus, who was perfect in His humanity, must subdue the flesh by praise in God’s Word and trust in the God of the Word, how much more should we pursue the same since we are imperfect descendants of fallen flesh.
Jesus, perfect Man and holy:
Yet, His flesh did not lead.
The Word He prais’d said Calvary
Was where He’d die and bleed.
Our flesh is fickle and corrupt,
Against the spirit lusts:
Yet, vic’try’s ours when God’s Word’s prais’d
And in the Lord we trust.
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5/10 Reading Portions: Num 19; Psa 56-57; Isa 8-9:7; Jas 2
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