Psalm 102: Jesus saves

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Psalm 102 reminds us that Jesus is God’s answer

By Michael Patrick

“This will be written for the generation to come, that a people yet to be created may praise the LORD” Psalm 102:18.

I invite you to read Psalm 102.

Students of the Word of God and of history may discern in all their pages of record, the need of a Savior God, and his name is Jesus or Jeshua, Jehovah saves. This is on every scale, from the personal to the global, as we see illustrated in this inspired psalm written some 3,000 years ago.

The palmist is suffering physical affliction that appears terminal, and he cries out to God for deliverance. The Spirit of God gives him encouraging words not just for himself, but for a “generation to come” that will see the Lord appear (v. 16) and all the kingdoms of the world serving him.

This palmist of Israel prophetically speaks of his people in reference to Zion as “finding pleasure in her stones and feeling pity for her dust” (v. 14). The iconic symbol of Israel today is her descendents bowing and praying before the Wailing Wall and placing prayer messages between its stones. Note that historically, they measure their affliction from the time of their temple’s destruction (A.D. 70), which fulfilled the prophecy of Christ (Matt. 24:2) after which they were scattered to the world by the Romans, the Diaspora.

Yet, both the psalmist’s and Israel’s prayers will not be forsaken (v. 17), for he was given to see an “appointed time” (v. 13) of grace and compassion for Zion, when the Lord will arise.

The psalm reminds us that on every scale, from our individual troubles to the troubles of a fallen world and a fallen people, Jeshua is God’s answer and salvation. He watches us from on high (v. 19). He sets the captive free (v. 20). In Scripture and in history—His story—he is Alpha and Omega (Rev. 22:13).

Believe on him today. Trust in him through every circumstance. Watch for him. He is coming again! May we be that generation that together with a redeemed Israel (Zech. 12:10; 13:6), shall see his deliverance and praise Jeshua forever!

 

Michael Patrick is pastor of Emmanuel MB Church in Onida, SD.

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