Salvation, Preservation, and Victory are Yours in Christ
11/23 Reading Portions: 1 Chronicles 18; James 5; Jonah 2; Luke 7
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And the LORD gave victory to David wherever he went. 1 Chronicles 18:6
This verse was translated in another way in 1611, “So the LORD preserved David wherever he went” (KJV). The Hebrew word can be translated both ways, literally. The modern translators used the more contextual meaning of the word. David was victorious, by the hand of his sovereign God, subduing the Philistines, Moabites, and Syrians (1 Chr 18:1-6). The older translators took a more spiritual approach to the Hebrew word. It captures the essence of God’s protection upon those whom He has saved and anointed. There is a third way the original Hebrew may be translated, which J. N. Young accurately translates in Young’s Literal Translation (YLT): …and Jehovah giveth salvation to David whithersoever he hath gone. Which one is most correct? They all are— not only for specific times and instances in our Christian life, but all three give us a fuller understanding of our Christianity in general. Our victory comes from the Lord in His victory to bring us salvation at the cross. This is why “we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Rom 8:37). Our preservation, our protection, comes from the Lord by Christ’s suffering judgments upon the cross, which are a great deep, whereas YHVH God “preservest man and beast” (Psa 36:6, KJV). His cross is why we may “with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16). In Christ, we possess salvation, protection, and victory wherever we go. Hallelujah! What a Savior!
The victory God gives to us,
It comes by a great price—
Paid not by our works but by blood
And judgments upon Christ.
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