This post is part of a devotional series based on our 2020 Bible Reading Calendar.
God, you will bring them down to the Pit of destruction; men of bloodshed and treachery will not live out half their days. But I will trust you. ~ Psalm 55:23
Psalm 55 is what theologians call an imprecatory prayer. In it, David, feeling attacked by an enemy, cries out to God to bring swift judgment against his enemy. The psalm ends with the hope that the evil men would quickly end up in the grave.
The ironic thing about such prayers and psalms, is that left to our own devices, we all are the ones who deserve the judgment that David called for. The wages of sin is death, the Bible tells us (Romans 6:23). We are the enemies of God who are opposed to his goodness and his will. We daily insult the King of kings. We deserve his wrath.
Yet, God in his kindness, mercy, and love, offers us something else. To be sure, the world is still on a path toward judgment–God will show his wrath against sin, unless, that is, our sin has already faced God’s wrath through Jesus.
Jesus came into this world to live a perfect life, free of rebellion against his Father. He lived to die as a perfect sacrifice, take our sin in our place. He died bearing the full weight of God’s wrath that we deserved.
Though innocent, Jesus willingly became the one brought down to the “Pit of destruction,” as if he were a man of bloodshed and treachery. By doing so, he paved the way so that those who actually commit the sin might have forgiveness as if they had never sinned at all. For, in the same act of his death, Jesus also gives his innocence to those who trust in him.
We seek to remember this truth everyday, but each year on this day, Good Friday, we hold a special remembrance of Jesus’ death on our behalf, as we wait for Sunday, Easter–the day we celebrate his resurrection and the fullness of our life.
All Scripture quotations taken from the Christian Standard Bible.