Tag: Escape from death
Scripture reading for June 17th: Psalms 67-72
“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.” (Psalm 68:19-20)
God, our Savior, is a burden bearer. We can come to Him each and every day with all of our burdens and troubles and cast them upon Him. He is honored when His people depend on Him. (Psalm 50:15) Throughout history, God’s people have come to know and trust God as their only hope of protection and escape from death. God is the only one with power to save us from death and from eternal separation from Himself. This separation is the second death, which all men who do not put their trust in God as their Savior and burden bearer will experience.
This “Sovereign Lord” is the King who resides in the sanctuary. He is moving in a majestic procession lead by singers, musicians and maidens playing tambourines. The great congregation follows, led by the smallest tribe of Benjamin and the princes of Judah, Zebulun, and Naphtali. The sanctuary is the temple in Jerusalem; nations are in subjection to the King and they bring Him gifts. Nations that love war are scattered and humbled. It is plain that the psalmist is talking about God as the ultimate King of Kings who will rule the earth!
“Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord, to him who rides the ancient skies above, who thunders with mighty voice. Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies. You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to His people.” Psalm 68:32-35
Worship and singing are the response of God’s people to the power and majesty of their God and King! He is again pictured as riding the clouds and speaking with His mighty voice that rumbles like thunder! When God speaks, we are strengthened and empowered by faith to do His will. Faith praises God for His awesome Person, the daily burden bearer as well as the escape from death. Christ Jesus is the King who will soon appear on the clouds of heaven! His mighty voice will thunder, calling His people to life eternal and worship in the heavenly sanctuary! What a joyous day!