6Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
(Psalm 53:6, King James Version)
Salvation from Zion
Psalm 53 ends with a longing for the salvation of Israel, a salvation from Zion! Being written by David, this Psalm was actually written centuries before Israel actually went into captivity, but already the knowledge that God will bring the people back from captivity is being presented.
What a reminder to us that God is not a God of time. We see all of history as a succession of years, but God sees His entire plan, from creation to the end of time as we know it, as one finished tapestry. It is good for us to look beyond the immediacy of our daily lives and view a larger perspective of life as we know it to be.
We must not forget that God is God; He is our help from ages past and our hope for years to come. Nothing that has happened to us, is happening to us, and will happen to us, is removed from God's sight. Everything fits together just as God has planned it to be.
We are not always comfortable viewing life in this way; it is hard to admit that we really have so little to do with the details of our daily lives. As a matter of fact, we will never truly understand these things until we are with the Lord. How is it that we have a free will--we make our choices based upon the information we have--and yet, God in is sovereignty is never overruled by our own wills? In our arrogance, we think we must understand everything, but in truth, we will always be limited by our humanity.
Centuries have come and gone since David penned Psalm 53, yet the truths taught in this Psalm are timeless. Just as in the time of David, men foolishly declared, "There is no God!" so do we hear the same sentiments echoed today. The eyes of the world are darkened from their own sin. Yet, salvation from Zion still remains as our only hope and light. In Christ a way to God has been paved, that we may live and fellowship with Him.
What an amazing God we serve! How rich a love He manifests to His children!
God Bless You,