It is distressing to realise that we can’t help ourselves. It is also instructive and a severe mercy from the Lord. It is at this point that we turn to Him and simply cling to His cross! Consider the request in verse 47 and the subsequent lifting of the heart in praise.
What a psalm, a prayer, a song, this is for us!
We glean valuable insights of the history we read in Exodus and others of the first books in God’s word.
Here is how Moses points us to Jesus – “Therefore he said he would destroy them – had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him, to turn away his wrath from destroying them.”
This is what Jesus did! He stood in the breach, He turned away God’s wrath from us!
And Phinehas, what a Christ-type! “Then Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was stayed.”
Again, an intervening between the people and God’s wrath – And it was counted as righteousness for Phinehas.
And it’s verse 47 that captures the wonderful good news that is for both Jew and Gentile alike – Because now God’s people are all those in Christ – “Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations,”
Praise God that we have been gathered in from among the nations, that Jesus stood in the gap, in the breach, that He intervened for us – And what a good reminder for Easter.
And what purpose this gathering, this calling?
“… That we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.”
Let us give thanks to God for Jesus!
Let us glory in our praising of Him, of His wonderful goodness to us, of His steadfast love and faithfulness without end.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!