Psalm 146, Isaiah 60:17-22, Matthew 9:27-34
One of the common themes in today’s verses is that of provision. The psalmist praises God for His provision of life, His care for the needy, and his justice for the oppressed. The prophet reminds Israel that God will provide for their nation’s prosperity and security, remembering His covenant as they return from exile. And the apostle describes Jesus’s compassionate restoration of health for two blind beggars and a demon-possessed man.
It is worth noting that each of these readings tie together three phases of time – past, present, and future. The psalmist recognizes God’s creative act in the beginning, worships Him for his present acts of love and mercy, and praises Him for His eternal reign. In the midst of the challenge of rebuilding a nation, the prophet reminds the Israelites that although past sins and rebellion caused their downfall, God has forgiven them, restored them, and has plans for prosperity in their future. The apostle’s narrative demonstrates what happens when the eternal God from creation steps into the present and engages with humanity in ways that foreshadow our glorious hope in His eternal presence.
Later in the book of Matthew, Jesus provides us a permanent reminder of the majestic arc of God’s redemptive plan – past, present, and future – through the act of communion (Matthew 26:26-29). As He breaks the bread and takes the cup, He identifies his broken body and spilled blood as the ultimate sacrifice, the provision for their salvation. He then tells the apostles to eat and drink (present), remembering that these elements represent His covenant and forgiveness of sins (past), and that He will not partake again until the return of a renewed kingdom (future).
During today’s meditation, let us look at our own life, our own story, our own past, present, and future. Like the psalmist, let us praise God for the provision of life, His mercy, justice, and compassion. Like the prophet, let us encourage ourselves and one another to lift our eyes from current circumstances and cast our hope on the Lord and his design for our lives. And, like the apostle, let us marvel at the cross, Jesus’s final and permanent provision of victory of life over death, our everlasting hope, and our eternal destiny
Jeremy Lane, Director of the School of Music
College of Music & Performing Arts