Tuesday, September 6, 2011

non moriar, sed vivam

Have you stopped lately to consider the amazingly defiant tone of Psalm 118?  It includes one of my favorite phrases in the Psalter, what amounts to a bold Christian confession:
I shall not die, but live:
and declare the works of the Lord.
If you want to affirm life, amid the horror and absurdity that surrounds us in the modern world, I'm telling you, pray the Psalms.  The Psalms do not dreamily portray a life to which we cannot relate.  They reflect our struggles in every way. Yet they also orient us to the reality that we cannot see very clearly with our eyes of flesh.  They remind us that in Christ we do live life more abundantly.  The martyrs knew this, even as they faced their tormentors.  You and I, too, can face the lies with which we are battered by the devil, by the world, and by our own selves, and in the face of those lies about life confess life itself, Life Himself, the One Whose way is the way of truth and life.

The Christian, despite the fact that even he may see all sorts of evidence to the contrary, can truly confess, I shall not die, but live, for his life is in the One Who lives, and Who is life itself, Christ our Lord.  For we who are baptized into Jesus Christ are baptized into His death.  Consequently, we are buried with Him, by baptism, into death, that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also have renewed life. 

This is the confession and Christic content of the psalms. 

1 comment:

Paul said...

How else can one hope to be prepared for the increasing likely hood of martyrdom?