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Devotional - week of February 27, 2011


FROM DEATH TO LIFE

   

O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.  Psalm 30:2-3

 

Whether the Psalmist is using death and life as literal or symbolical of deliverance from some tragic condition the experience is real.

 

The Apostle Paul uses the same words as symbolical in Romans 5:20-21 to describe a great spiritual deliverance. He writes:

 

Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

When Paul writes, “the law entered that the offense might abound,” he could be referring to the first covenant God gave to the Israelites. However, since this is a part of the introduction Paul provides before discussing a believer’s deliverance from sin to the life of grace, he likely means this for individual believers.

 

Many believers are living under law and have sins in their lives over which they have no deliverance. For those passionate about pleasing God, it is like a living death. It is that living death that drives them from law to grace. In grace they find life.

 

In Psalm 30:11, the Psalmist who was delivered from death to life wrote:

 

 You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,  Psalm 30:11

 

Those delivered from law to grace have the same joyful testimony.