1Lord, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.
2Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.
3Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.
None beside Thee!
Five times in these few short verses, the psalmist uses the word, "Thou," and rightly so, for there is none other name, in heaven or on earth, whereby we must be saved.
12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12, King James Version)
Oh how we need, in our day, a huge dose of humility; we have been led to believe that there is nothing man cannot accomplish if he sets his mind to it, but that is not true! Salvation is all of God and none of man.
Man was created perfect in all his ways, but when left a choice, he turned against God and sin entered our world. Never would this world be the same again! It was not only man, but all of nature, including the plants and animals, that suffered from man's fall. Is there then no hope?
That is the amazing thing about God. Who could even imagine such love for His creation that He would send His only Son to become a lowly creature, yet without sin, that He might save a people for Himself? And, there is more!
God chose a people for Himself from the seed of Abraham, a people whose history is tainted again and again with the sin of unbelief, and of turning against Him. Did He give up on them? No! As the psalmist acknowledged in Psalm 85:
Thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob. Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.
Even more amazing, Christ purchased salvation with His own blood for all who would call upon Him to be saved. As the writer, Christina Rosetti, penned these beautiful words, there is none other Lamb, none other Name, none other hope in heaven or earth or sea. There is none other hiding place from guilt and shame, none beside Thee!
- None other Lamb, none other Name,
None other hope in heav'n or earth or sea,
None other hiding-place from guilt and shame,
None beside Thee.
- My faith burns low, my hope burns low;
Only my heart's desire cries out in me
By the deep thunder of its want and woe,
Cries out to Thee.
- Lord, Thou art Life, though I be dead;
Love's fire Thou art, however cold I be;
Nor heaven have I, nor place to lay my head,
Nor home but Thee.