(8 verses, :35 to read)
What I am about to READ
- This Psalm answers the question one might raise by praying the previous Psalm, Psalm 113, “Why praise the Lord?” Answer: Because of His redemption of us and His dwelling with us.
- 1-2: Call for praise because of the Lord’s redemption and dwelling. The rest of the Psalm finishes this phrase, “Remember that time when…., well that God is still among us with His promises and redemption.”
- Remember that time when….
- vs. 3 & 5- the Red Sea opened up to begin our exodus (Exodus 14:21) the Jordan River split to end our exodus (Joshua 3:13, 16).
- vs. 4, 6 & 7 – Mount Sinai quaked as the Lord gave His law (Exodus 19:18).
- vs. 8 – the Lord through Moses gave water through a rock (Exodus 17:6; Numbers 20:11)
- vs. 1 is an interesting, yet consistent, description of life in exile. In Egypt, Israel was surrounded by a people of different language, different confession of faith, different morals and values, different hopes, etc. What a lonely and segregated life that would be, at times. What a gift it would be to hear your language, confession of faith, values, and the gift of hearing the same language of redemption, dwelling, love and hope.
- This Psalm points to Christ who commanded the water several times during the time of His humble service between His birth and death and at whose death on a mountain (and on a hill [vs. 4 & 6] far, stood the old rugged cross…), the earth trembled and shook (vs. 7).
- 1 Peter (1:1-2) gives us a wonderful text to help us meditate on the curse of being an exile in the world, yet still having the same promises and blessings of many throughout the world. “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood:May grace and peace be multiplied to you (ya’ll).”
- Yes, we are exiles. Yes, it can be lonely and segregating at times when we sound and act so strange to our neighbors, co-workers, family and friends. To these curses, our Lord gives us the gift of gathering us together through His Word. A Word that proclaims we are elect in Christ, we have been foreknown by God the Father (how much more are we known in our sufferings!), made holy together by the blood of Jesus with all Christians of past and present, and are never a singular “you.” You + Jesus + His Church = ya’ll.
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC