psalm118

“There must be something Better than all this”

Perhaps you have said something like this when you found yourself in a difficult situation – particularly one you didn’t understand or in which you were struggling to cope. These 3 simple thoughts from Psalm 118 v 8 offer us encouragement.

 

BETTER PROMISES
We cannot live in the world without at least a measure of confidence in other people – for example, a doctor, family members, close friends, work colleagues and even given today’s climate politicians!

 

Despite the generosity and sincerity of other people and their promises, we can sometimes be disappointed or feel let down when they are not kept – even if such occasions are not deliberate or intentional – I have to put my hand up and say I can think of times when I have not always lived up to my promises – perhaps you may feel the same way and we may all know people who have been hurt or let down possibly because marital promises have not been kept for example.

 

The key point this verse makes is that God’s promises are not like ours – Hebrews 8 v 6 “He is the One who guarantees for us a better covenant with God based on better promisesPsalm 146 v 6 “He is the One who keeps every promise

Here are two specific promises God keeps:

(1) those who come to Him – in faith – acknowledging their sinful condition, repenting and wanting to live for Him He will never turn away.

(2) for those who love Him and seek to live for Him He will never leave us or forsake us.

We may sometimes struggle with our promises or in the hope others will keep theirs – we have a God whose promises are better.

BETTER SECURITY
Authorised Version Hebrews 12 v 24 “.. to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant and to the blood of sprinkling that speaketh better things than the blood of Abel..” What does this mean?

In the New Living Translation this verse in Hebrews reads “…to the sprinkled blood which graciously forgives instead of crying out for vengeance as the blood of Abel did…

Unfortunately in Northern Ireland we have known much bloodshed over many years, in many cases that of innocent people and we have heard cries for justice – if not for vengeance.

When we remember the many conflicts around our world (past and present) we have heard about those who shed their blood to maintain liberty and freedom – many wonder if the blood shed has been in vain.

The blood Jesus shed on Calvary fell to the ground just like Abel’s – God is not seeking vengeance – He is graciously calling men and women to forgiveness. In Jesus death God’s justice upon my sin and your sin was perfectly paid in full – it offers better security in a salvation which I cannot earn by my self-righteousness, prayers, or good works.

BETTER FUTURE
It is good to strive for better things. Much as we criticise our government, they are striving to build a better economic future. If you have children or grand-children then I am sure you will encourage them to do and give their very best. Would you like to look forward to a future which did not hold any sickness, weakness or pain or be dependent on how much you own or earn?

However the future may be for each of us from a material, financial or physical aspect and however we may benefit from improvements in each of these areas, they will not last for any longer than life itself. God is not confined to time – He dwells in eternity. The future from God’s view is not limited to the life of a Parliament, or a financial investment or any other timescale by which men and women may plan – God sees forever.

Hebrews. 10 v 34 the writer, speaking to the believers who had known terrible persecution says “….you knew you had better things waiting for you in eternity

Hebrews. 11 v 16 speaking about Abraham and those who lived by faith the writer says “..they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland … for He has prepared a heavenly city for them

Revelation 21 v 4 “He will remove all of their sorrows and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain for the old world and its evils are gone forever

This is a promise which everyone who trusts in the Lord Jesus by faith alone will realise – a better future – it is a promise waiting to be fulfilled.