For you, O Lord, are my hope,
my trust, O Lord, from my youth.
Upon you I have leaned from before my birth;
you are he who took me from my mother's womb.
My praise is continually of you.
I love this Psalm because I can relate with it — The Lord is my hope and He has been since I was young. To use the language of the Psalm, God has been my trust since I was in my mother’s womb. My parents love Jesus and I know that they prayed long before I was born that someday I would grow up and love Jesus too. Praise God for answering their prayers because each day I fall more in love with my Jesus who first loved me.
I spent the majority of my 21 years of life incredibly insecure about my testimony. When asked to share my story, I would either outright say no, or shrug it off saying, “I don’t really have one… I’ve always been a Christian.” I don’t know my answers to the common testimony questions: How old was I when I became a Christian? When did I know I needed a savior? etc. Doubts about the specific point of accepting Christ plagued me and made me unsure if I had ever actually become a Christian. For me, the surety came when I stopped looking to myself for assurance that I was saved and instead looked to Jesus. Though I don’t remember how old I was when I “officially” became a Christian, I know I’m saved because I know my Savior and He will never let me go.
As I’ve gotten older, I see more and more the filth of my sins — my pride, my idolatry, my selfishness, my desire to control, my heart that so easily forgets grace, and so much more. But seeing the depth of my sin only shows me more and more the beauty of the Gospel of grace. I don’t have to clean myself up to be presentable to God. This is really good news because I can’t clean myself up!
You see, my story isn’t about me and my life, it’s about Jesus and His life: His perfect life, His sacrificial death and His new, risen life. Jesus’ perfect record of righteousness becomes my present, His death means that my sins were paid for in the past, and His resurrection to new life becomes my future. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, I have access to eternal love and life, and oh how thankful I am for that! The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is in me, and for that, my praise is continually of Him.
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