The Gospel Is Lasting, Not Fleeting

by Bethany

Highlighted Text: Psalm 89:49
M’Cheyne Text: Ezekiel 38; Psalm 89

Fall: This week’s New York Times Magazine features the professional rise and fall of Ina Drew. Drew was formerly the Chief Investment Officer at JPMorgan Chase, where she invested a total of nearly $350 billion throughout her career. Now, however, she has become “the public face attached to a $6 billion mistake, a trading loss so startling in size that it dominated the business press, put [CEO Jamie] Dimon on the defensive and cost Drew her job” [1]. Yet one headhunter noted that her fall is just part of the process: “That’s what they pay you so much money for. To take the fall when things go wrong.”

Covenant: Psalm 89 celebrates God’s covenant with David [2] and begs Him to apply that covenant to David’s descendents: “You have said, ‘I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant: “I will establish your offspring forever, and build your throne for all generations”’ [3]. Since David was already dead when the psalmist wrote this psalm, we know that he himself was claiming that the covenantal promises made to David applied to him, too: “Lord, where is your steadfast love of old, which by your faithfulness you swore to David?” [4].

Certainty: Our careers and incomes are fleeting. We can hold the economic lever for a major bank one day and take the fall for its loss a few months later. Although God has not promised to make us C-level executives, He has promised – through David – to make us co-heirs with Christ, who sits on the throne forever. The gospel is not merely that Jesus lived and died; it is also that he was resurrected from the dead and glorified. Today, he sits at the right hand of the Father, where he lives to intercede for us. This is the gospel, and it is lasting.

Prayer: Lord, The circumstances of our lives are constantly changing. Yet we do not react to our uncertainties with fear, hoarding our resources and being timid about the gospel. Instead, we react with faith, knowing that we have the unchanging covenantal love that you made to David and kept in Christ. Therefore, we claim your promises – that goodness and mercy will follow us all our days and that you will make us co-heirs in Christ to that covenant promise to David if we seek our satisfaction in you. Amen.

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Footnotes

[1] Susan Dominus. “The Woman Who Took the Fall for JPMorgan Chase.” The New York Times Magazine. 3 October 2012. | [2] 2 Samuel 7:16 (“Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.” ESV) | [3] Psalm 89:3-4 ESV | [4] Psalm 89:49 ESV

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