Have you ever felt like David as he describes himself in the first three verses of this Psalm? I have! If my mother told me once, she told me a thousand times, "Don't say anything if you can't say something good." I wish I could say I followed that advice through the years. My mother was an excellent example of her advice. Fortunately, one of her children, her daughter, took her advice to heart.
David's instruction is better than my mother's though. Notice the progression of events: 1) He determined to not sin with his tongue, to muzzle his mouth. 2) He remained silent, but instead of peace, his distress increased. 3) His anger ignited a fire of words. If or when that happens to you, where are your words directed? Sadly for me, they are not addressed as David's. He directs his words to the LORD. When he explodes with distress, instead of taking his anger out on someone else, David turns his conversation to the LORD. Look at what He asks! LORD, remind me of the fact that my life is nothing but a fleeting breath!
LORD God, I like David have no desire to sin with my mouth. I know James says my tongue can start a wildfire, but I do not want to be that kind of man. Please, Holy Spirit reinforce my resolve to speak only words that build up, encourage, and comfort. Jesus may Your words be my words.
WARNING! PELIGROSO! WARNING! PELIGROSO! WARNING!
As with each book of the Bible, Hebrews addresses many kingdom topics, but the one that stands out is the warning of turning back--the encouragement to hold firm to the end.
Jesus gave the same instruction in Luke 9:62, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."
After the incredible description of Jesus as the Son of God, the firstborn into the world whom all the angels worship, God who sits on His throne, the One appointed above all others, the unchanging One, and the eternal One, we are warned not to drift away, not to neglect such a great salvation. We see this pattern throughout Hebrews. The value and uniqueness of Jesus are explained, followed by the admonition to pursue Him faithfully.
We see that method used here in Hebrews 3. Can you imagine the position of prominence Moses held for the Jews? He was their deliverer. He brought them out of slavery to the edge of the promised land. The writer of Hebrews uses five verses to explain why Jesus is superior to Moses. But Moses is just part of the house Jesus built; Moses is a servant, Jesus is the Son.
This chapter has three commands to encourage believers to hold firm. In verse 1, the holy brothers are commanded to "consider Jesus." Remember, Jesus is the One described in detail in Chapter 1. He is trustworthy because of who He is. Verse 12 says "take care brothers." Be on your guard, pay attention to your own heart. Be assured of your position in Christ Jesus. Paul says the same thing in Philippians 2:12-13, "work out your salvation with fear and trembling." The last command in verse 13 says "exhort one another." Urge, implore and encourage others who follow Jesus to persevere.
Preeminent One, there is none like You. You are my perfect salvation. My Helper, please use Your Word to help and remind of my need to always consider my LORD and Savior above all else. Make me like Barnabas, the encourager, for my brother and sisters who run the race with me.
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