The Psalter of Jesus: The Victorious Christian Life // Psalm 92

The ragamuffin gospel says we can’t lose, because we have nothing to lose.
— Brennan Manning

For Christians, victorious living is defined by the life of Jesus. His way is the way of victory. Yet, in looking at how Jesus spent his days, victory is not the first word that comes to mind. He was born in a stable to a mother slandered as unfaithful. As a toddler, he and his family fled their home country as refugees. He grew up poor, the son of a tradesman, in a region mocked for its lowly station. As an adult, he kept company with the dregs of society -- cheats, prostitutes, drunkards. The most noble leaders of his own people and creed condemned him. His own family considered him a fool. A dear companion sold him out for bag of silver. And his closest friends abandoned him to spare themselves. Jesus was crucified as a common thief. Meanwhile, the wicked sprout like grass and evildoers flourish. In what possible sort of world can this way of Christ be called victorious? Only one: the sort of world pregnant with resurrection.


CALL TO WORSHIP

People of God, let us lift up our hearts in praise.
It is good to give thanks to the Lord.

The Lord is triumphant over his foes, and has conquered evil and death.
We sing for joy at the works of the Lord.
In the Lord’s house we flourish like trees, bearing fruit and standing upright.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord.
The Lord delights in us, and sets us in his presence forever.
Blessed be the Lord. Amen.


PRAYER OF CONFESSION

O God, despite our best efforts, our hearts continually lead us into disharmony
with you and with our neighbors.
Be gracious to us, O Lord. Heal us, for we have sinned against you.

Not even our loved ones are spared from our anger, bitterness, and judgment.
Be gracious to us, O Lord. Heal us, for we have sinned against you.

We turn our hearts away from your Spirit, preferring instead to harbor selfish desire.
Be gracious to us, O Lord. Heal us, for we have sinned against you.

We seek restoration from our pain, and the pain we’ve caused -- who can restore us?
The Lord is steadfast in love, and overflowing with mercy.
Let us die to our sin and be resurrected with Jesus.