My wife and I are reading through the Psalms in our evening reading and occasionally a nugget of the Psalms jumps out of the page. Don’t you love it when, after years of reading the “Old Book” passages become alive, reinforcing old teachings or simply warming your heart.
This is the book of Psalms, and it is rich.
I pray I can communicate a portion of the blessing we receive from this wonderful book.
9 Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD, exulting in his salvation.
10 All my bones shall say, “O LORD, who is like you, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, the poor and needy from him who robs him?”
As an engineer, I tend to read my profession into passages. Not trying to justify it, or to say it is the only way to understand the Word. Definitely not. But it is the standpoint I am currently in when relating to the Word.
So when I hear David say
All my bones shall say….
I automatically consider David to be speaking of the very structure and foundation of his existence, that which provides support and stability in his body. (Without bones, we would simply be a quivering pile of skin, fat and organs laying on the ground!) The most tangible and structurally solid part of David’s body (his bones!) was the source of His exultation. He resonated deeply with this truth and the very essence of his being, he shouted out the unanswerable question…
O LORD, who is like you?
There is no one out there that is like the Lord, that behaves as the Lord does. He is the One who delivers…
the poor from him who is too strong for him, the poor and needy from him who robs him?”
Maybe that is why we struggle with accepting His goodness, His kindness, His abundant, overflowing grace. As with everyone we know, (including ourselves), there seems to be an agenda attached with any assistance provided, a secondary, hidden motivation benefitting the rescuing soul. Rare is the one who rescues simply out of an abundance of grace. How uncommon to find one that delivers simply out of love, and not with a side benefit. Scarce indeed is the selfless one.
And yet, this is the One we worship. The One we look to for guidance and strength, for wisdom and patience, for understanding and comfort. He is altogether unlike any other.
And yet we experience His loving kindness most when we are in our deepest need, when we realize our enemies are much stronger than us, when we realize we cannot win the fight. When we are in a condition of utter helplessness, the Lord, the God of Jacob is the One who delivers, the One who rescues, the One who saves us from an enemy that is much stronger than us, of whom we have no resource other than Him to find our defense.
He is worthy to trust. Not only worthy, but altogether the only One that will not let the trusting soul be ashamed, or to be let down.
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