Joshua 4, Psalm 129-131, Isaiah 64, Matthew 12
 
 

Psalm 130
As you have probably already noticed, each of the Psalms after 119 is titled " A Song Of Ascents."  Fifteen Psalms, from 120 through 134, have this title, of which David wrote four and Solomon one.  It seems most likely that these songs were sung by the Jewish people as the traveled to Jerusalem for the annual feasts.  Since Jerusalem is 2,500 feet above sea level, the pilgrimage would require climbing Mount Zion to reach Jerusalem.  Isaiah 2:3 says, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths."   
 
Psalm 130 expresses the hope the pilgrims have in their God.  The Psalm begins with a cry for mercy, acknowledging the sin of each pilgrim.  Verse 2 in the NLT says, "LORD, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive?"  This fact is followed by the thankful expression "But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared."
 
After the cry for mercy because of their need of forgiveness, the worshipers proclaim their only hope is in the LORD.  They will wait expectantly because of His promise of redemption, knowing Him to have steadfast love.
 
Verse five, "I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope," reminds me of John 12:48.  Jesus says, "The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day."  So either I will hope and trust the words of the Lord or I will be judged by them.  
 
Lord God, I agree with the Psalmist.  If my iniquities are justly punished in me, I will never stand before You.  Thank You for the promise of forgiveness for those who do not reject Your Son.  Living Word, my hope is in You.  My soul waits for You, and I hope in Your Word.  I hope in the LORD!
 
Isaiah 64:1-4
"Make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence!"
 
Isn't that the desire of all who know and fear the LORD?  Don't we want the LORD to make His name known?  Isaiah wants the LORD to make His name known through a mighty display of His awesome power.  "Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence."  We know from reading both Isaiah and Revelation, that day is coming.  But the LORD chose first to make His name known through His Son the suffering servant and those who He gave to the Son as a bride.
 
Paul, in 2 Corinthians 5:17-20, says when God reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, He also entrusted to us His message of reconciliation.  Paul goes on to say, those who are in Christ, these new creations, are now ambassadors for Christ, through whom God is making His appeal.
 
What a privilege; what a responsibility!  God makes Himself known through His creation, through His Son and through those He has reconciled to Himself.  That Day is coming when He will make Himself known through a mighty display of His power, but until that Day comes we, His children, are to demonstrate His name to the world in which He has placed us. 
 
Father, please give Your children the boldness of Your servant Isaiah.  He faithfully proclaimed Your word even when what You told him was hard, and the people did not want to hear.  May our thankfulness compel us to do the same.

 

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