Because He Loves Me

The Psalm ends with the words of God, to his faithful king:

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;

I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

The faith of the king is shown to be justified, this acknowledgement of God keeps him safe. God will be with him, and he will deliver him:

15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble,

I will deliver him and honor him.

“In vv. 14-16 we hear the voice of God personally putting His seal to the promise to this man who ‘loves me’; the word means ‘clings to me in love’ and is used of God’s love for his people (e.g. Deut. 7:7).”[1] As the king in trouble looks to His Father in faith, he is met with a strong and faithful response from his father. As we have seen, this is a picture of Jesus, and his victory shown in the resurrection. Though the Father turned his face away at the cross, he then lifted him us in Glory and will establish his glory forever and ever.

16 With long life I will satisfy him

and show him my salvation.”

And for those who trust in God through his Son, the king’s victory is ours. Though now we experience sufferings and hardship, we will nonetheless share in his glory. “The person who knows the Lord will not barely escape danger. He will be brought to immeasurable Glory.”[2]

God’s faithfulness to his king and the victory that has been brought through him, means that we can share in his glory.

How long will this last, that is the question that we are all asking? 21 days, or will there be an extension? The truth is we do not know, but we do know that the suffering of this world will end, and in the face of eternity the answer to that question will be ‘not long’. For believers, no matter the sorrows and hardships of this life, we trust in the victory that God has given our king that we will one day with him enjoy eternal peace and glory.

“The people of God will experience many trials. On some occasion the Lord will honour their trust and intervene immediately. But even when the trial involves prolonged suffering, divine grace will lead to glory. So, ‘As you have received Christ Jesus as Lord [by faith], so continue to walk in him [by faith]’ (Col. 2.6)”[3]

Heavenly Father,

Who gave us victory in Christ your Son,

You saved him, that we might be confident in is saving of us.

Give us a vision of glory, so that even though things now are dark, we may see the light.

And hope in everlasting glory,

Amen

[1] Ash, p. 190

[2] O Palmer Robertson, p. 246

[3] O Palmer Robertson, p. 247

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