(8 verses, :44 to read)
What I am about to READ
- This is a Psalm of thanksgiving for God’s saving work done among His people.
- vv. 1-5 detail a threat against God’s people.
- vv. 6-8 God delivers His people.
- This is a Psalm of praise for God’s deliverance. Notice the “watery” imagery used in this Psalm. This brings to mind God’s mightiest against of deliverance for His people being accomplished through water: Noah and the Flood (Genesis 6-9), Israel at the Red Sea (Exodus 14), and Israel at the Jordan River (Joshua 3). To this, we ought to add Jesus’ Baptism in the Jordan (Matthew 3, Mark 1, and John 1) and Christian Baptism (Matthew 28, Romans 6, etc.). God’s work from beginning to end is amazingly consistent.
- In each of these circumstances, God’s saving power is the only way of escape for His people. David teaches us, then, that we cannot contribute one bit to our salvation. Without His mighty deliverance, we would be brought to nothing.
- All of these things point us to God’s ultimate saving work done for us sinners by sending Christ to redeem us from sin and death. Without this, we would be brought to ruin both in this life and in eternity. As St. Paul puts it in Colossians 1, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”
- Martin Luther wrote a hymn based on this Psalm that, unfortunately, make it into LSB. It is, however in TLH (267). “If God Had Not Been on Our Side,” is today’s meditation. Here’s a FREE translation and accompanying midi, done by an LCMS pastor, the Rev. Christopher Neuendorf. This is from his project, The Free Lutheran Chorale Book.
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-Rev. Jordan McKinley, pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church, Vallonia, IN
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