Hallelujah—What A Savior!
“Give thanks to Yahweh! Proclaim His Name! Make known among the nations His extravagant deeds! Sing to Him, Sing to Him! Meditate on all His mighty wonders! Revel in His holy name! Let the heart of those who seek Him rejoice. Look to the Lord and His strength; constantly seek His face.”
We’re going to leave the Apostle Paul in Troas for a couple of weeks as we take a break from Acts to worship with the Psalmist. Here in Psalm 105 he begins with a powerful command for us to join him in thanking the Lord, and then for forty verses reminds us how God protected and provided for His people. He begins with the promises to Abraham and then traces their history all the way through until they are settled in the Promised Land. Along the way he reminds us of the story of Isaac and Jacob, of God’s deliverance of Joseph in Egypt, of the plagues that set Israel free under Moses, and of God’s provision for His people in the wilderness. The Psalmist ends with the reminder that God expects His children who have received His gracious gifts to keep His precepts and laws (Psalm 105: 45)
Now the rest of the Old Testament story reveals that God’s people were not able to do this. I am thankful today that we can take the redemptive story on to the climax where Jesus, the perfect Son, took the penalty their disobedience and ours deserves, He then rose again and can give us a new heart that has the ability to obey Him. As we begin 2015 we have even more reasons than this psalmist to daily seek God’s face, rely upon His strength, and remember all He has done for us.
Psalm 105 ends with a thunderous “Hallelujah,” and before Mary and I went out to eat with our friends on Sunday several weeks ago, their church family sang out an old hymn--
“Lifted up was He to die;
‘It is finished!’ was His cry;
Now in Heav’n exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!”
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