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.
“Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!”
This is a psalm of history and exhortation both, to remember!
We see Moses pointing 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 points us to Jesus – He stood in the breach, turning away God’s wrath from us!
In Phineas we see another Christ-type,
“Then Phineas stood up and intervened, and the plague was stayed.”
This is what God did in sending Himself, He intervened and the plague of sin and death was dealt with once for all.
We read of the good news 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. Praise Him that He stood in the gap, God in the person of the son, in the breach – That He intervened for us.
What a good reminder for us as we approach Easter.
“And let all the people say, ‘Amen!’ Praise the LORD!”
* God of steadfast love and abounding mercy,
Thank You for gathering us from all the nations.
Thank You for standing in the gap for us, God the Son turning away the Father’s wrath in taking it on Yourself.
Thank You for intervening for us, giving us what we do not deserve.
Thank You Lord!