The next time we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, let’s ponder deeply the meaning of these simple-yet-profound symbols, the bread and the cup — effective reminders of the ultimate sacrifice: Christ’s forfeiting of His life in exchange for ours.
The records of prayer’s achievements are encouraging to faith, cheering to the expectations of saints, and an inspiration to all who would pray and test its value. Prayer is no mere untried theory. It is not some strange unique scheme, concocted in the brains of people, and set on foot by them, an invention which has never been tried nor put to the test. Prayer is a Divine arrangement in the moral government of God, designed for the benefit of all and intended as a means for furthering the interests of His cause on earth, and carrying out His gracious purposes in redemption and providence. (Adapted from E.M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer)
Sin has consequences; dire consequences. The effect may not be felt today, tomorrow, or in the near future, but we can be certain that unless we repent and stop rebelling from God’s laws we will surely suffer the penalty we justly deserve.
David beautifully contrasts the transience of human lives with the eternal glory of God, the Alpha and the Omega. In turn, the allusion to Israel’s relationship with the Lord compares and models the believer’s redemptive bond with the Savior.