This post is part of my book launch, Meeting God at Wits’ End: Hope for the Weary
God’s Nature and His Salvation
O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.
This psalm is a psalm “out of the depths” (v. 1). The psalmist was in dire need of God, crying out to Him and pleading for His mercy. The reason seems to be sin-related. Whether he was referring to deliberate sins or a deepened awareness of the nature and depth of his inward corruptions, he needed God’s forgiveness and restoration.
Only God could rescue him; there was no other hope. Consequently, he waited for Him alone: “My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning” (v. 6).
Sometimes, there’s nothing else to do but to wait on God. It’s an expression of utter need and dependence. That’s a difficult concept in a society of instant gratification. Waiting, though, has always been a part of God’s ways. The Old Testament believers waited for Jesus’ first coming. The New Testament ones are waiting for His Second Coming.
Whether our wits’ end is related to deliberate sins, inward corruptions, or continual afflictions, we do well to follow his example. We can always cry out to God, no matter what, pleading for His mercy—His pity—and waiting for His deliverance.
When we’re in the depths, we need to hold on to God’s nature and Christ’s finished work. The psalmist encouraged God’s people to “hope in the LORD!” He gave us two eternal pillars to do so.
There’s no greater comfort and encouragement than to know that “with the LORD there is steadfast love.” Right now, no matter why we’re at wits’ end, God’s love for us is as clear and bright as it has ever been or ever will be, even though the dark clouds of affliction may hide that from our spiritual sight. His love doesn’t change.
Consequently, “with him is plentiful redemption.” Jesus purchased our salvation with His blood. That includes our full forgiveness, complete reconciliation, and perfect restoration. Jesus bought whatever we need in our lives as Christians. We’re to simply come to “the throne of grace,” in order to “receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16). While our afflictions may last a lifetime, His grace and power will be sufficient, leaning on the everlasting arms.
Heavenly Father, I want to thank You for your steadfast love and faithfulness to me.
The Devotional Writer
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