The history of exodus is important in understanding the theology being taught through that history. God saves Israel by His grace through their faith in Moses – justification. The Red Sea comes before Mount Sinai. The Law, and especially the Ten Commandments, were given after Israel had been saved, not before. They have to do with how we should live as God’s people, with sanctification. The Ten Commandments were never intended as a means of justification or salvation! Pharisees always get it wrong.
Injustice, malice, venom – these form a constant refrain in David’s psalms. He has some strong metaphors – snarling dogs, snakes. But David also says of God: You are my refuge in times of trouble!
“O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.”
David has some hard words for us to read in these psalms. There are tensions visible in his words that can be difficult for us to work through.
But his foundation and strength is always the Lord God. He is in a constant reminder state,
“For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.”
God’s people can endure great hardship, God’s word tell us we will be persecuted because the world hates our King Jesus, and so it hates us.
But we have a God who is our fortress and shield!
* God Almighty,
Thank You that You are our shield and our defender!
Thank You that You are a fortress for us, a refuge for us in our distress!
The early Church was exclusively Jewish. Non-Jews were not considered fit to be members of Christ’s Church. God gave a second Pentecost so that the Church could not refuse baptism to these non-Jewish believers. They are baptised immediately in the house. What is God challenging in your life or church?