Do we love our salvation?
Before our family moved to Tennessee, our visits to relatives always included time with Coil and Mary Ruth. They are with Christ now, and I miss them—Coil with his generosity and Mary Ruth, in particular, with her infectious love for Jesus. While she had a host of serious physical ailments and difficult life circumstances, what oozed from her soul was a love for Jesus in both deed and word. She drew me to Christ and His adequacy and joy in spite of her circumstances. She’s on my list of folks to spend a thousand years with when I get to heaven. Who is on your list that reminds you of Jesus?
David the psalter is also one of those. Why? Because, like Mary Ruth, he repeatedly pushes me toward the throne of God with his realism, simplicity of faith, and joy in the God of the Bible. Take Psalm 70, for instance:
Make haste, O God, to deliver me! O LORD, make haste to help me! 2Let them be put to shame and confusion who seek my life! Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt! 3Let them turn back because of their shame who say, “Aha, Aha!” 4May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!” 5But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You ar my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay!
Tim Keller’s commentary and devotional on Psalm 70 has influenced me. He says: “There is a place in prayer for a godly urgency. Jesus himself approves of ‘audacity’ (Luke 11:8), an almost shameless relentlessness in petitioning God. Yet in the midst of even this kind of prayer, David uses his need to stimulate praise (verse 4). Circumstances can drive us to seek God, yet even before they change (verse 5) we can say, ‘The Lord is great!’ when we find that God himself and his salvation (verse 4) are enough.”
It is noteworthy Psalm 70 is a “memorial” song. God knows we need regular, repeated reminders of the foundational reality followers of Christ rely on Him. He is enough.
There is a refreshing, joyful simplicity in having Christ with us and on our side. Teachers: Notice David’s example of acknowledging the reality of his situation (1-3), seeking God’s glory (4), and resting in God’s provision (5).
About salvation. In Scripture it is used in two ways. The first is of eternal deliverance from the penalty of our sin. It is also and often used of deliverances during our earth life. David’s circumstances were distressing (1-3) but his dependence was in God alone (4-5).
Elizabeth Elliott, superbly respected writer and speaker, lost her husband during missionary service. Then, she lost another. She said, “The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.”
Like Mary Ruth. Like you and me?