God, Our Savior
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves. (Psalm 68:19-20)
Mike and his wife were on a boating holiday with friends when they suddenly became aware of people on the opposite riverbank shouting and waving in their direction. Unable to hear what they were saying, they simply gave a cheery wave in return. But when the crowd started frantically pointing downwards, raising their voices still more, they looked over the side of the boat and there, being swept downstream with the strong current, was a young boy, unable to swim. Without a moment’s hesitation, Mike’s friend leapt into the river to get him out, while Mike hung over the railing to pull him on board. The youngster was saved and was returned to his parents. Of course, we would all have done the same. So, why should it surprise us to discover that God, in Whose image we are made, is a God Who “leaps in” to come and help us, a God Who is “our Savior”?
The word “salvation” isn’t often used these days, even by Christians. Perhaps we think it sounds rather old-fashioned and carries connotations of miserable Christians with big black Bibles. But “salvation” is a very strong concept in the Bible, where God is constantly described as “our Savior.” Throughout the Old Testament, God was often acknowledged as His people’s Savior, rescuing them from all sorts of situations. And it was remembering this that provided a strong basis for praise and thanksgiving, a strong motivation to prayer, and a strong encouragement to stand firm in the face of difficulties. As David summed it up: “You are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long” (Psalm 25:5). In the New Testament, the theme becomes even stronger as the Son of God Himself became a man, showing the lengths to which God will go to save us.
It is this sure confidence that God Himself is our Savior – not because of anything we have done, but solely because of Christ – that inspires confidence and removes fears so that, with David, we can pray, “The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27:1).
The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God, the Rock, my Saviour! (2 Samuel 22:47)
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