Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and not be afraid:
for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song;
he also is become my salvation
This verse is one of those comforting and comfortable verses that I’ve used and reused.
One of those verses that Holy Spirit has whispered
and I’ve declared and encouraged myself with. It is one of those life verses that has carried me through some tough times.
Have you ever chewed on a verse?
One day as I was chewing this verse; sorta like the way my Grandkids chew on a fried chicken drumstick. You know what I mean, sucking the last little tidbit of juicy chicken, then licking greasy fingers to get every drop of goodness out of it! While I was doing that, I saw something that puzzled me.
In the King James Version, the verse starts off with the declaration “God is my salvation.” And it ends with “he also is become my salvation.” It seemed to me that the verse was out of order. I thought the last part of the verse, “is become my salvation,” should have been first, then followed by “God is my salvation.”
I shared my confusion
with Wayne, (If you follow me, you know Wayne is that awesome, precious, good-looking man that God has given me to share life with! Don’t even get me started on how awesome he is or how much I love that man!)
Wayne explained to me that the verse was in perfect order, (of course it was).
He illustrated, “ If you got caught in an undertow and didn’t have the strength to swim to the shore and I suddenly realized you were drowning, I would throw you a life preserver. He explained that the life preserver would be my salvation! It could save me from drowning.
Yet that life preserver would not “become” my salvation until I grabbed hold of it!
There is no doubt that God is our salvation.
Jesus came to save us from sin, and He also purchased our peace, our wholeness. That means nothing broken, nothing missing. But He doesn’t become our salvation, our healer, our peace until we take hold of His promise by faith.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5
We must respond to God’s Word by gripping the promise.
We must believe the promise enough to act on it.
Mental assent is not enough. Yes, it is a starting point, but moving off the starting line does not win the game.
Are you in a pit of discouragement? God is your salvation.
Are you anxious? God is your salvation.
Are you depressed? God is your salvation.
Are you lonely? God is your salvation.
Do you have needs? God is your salvation.
Wherever you find yourself…God is YOUR salvation.
Seize the promise.
- Pray it.
- Ask for it.
- Declare it.
- Believe it.
- Expect it.
- Look for it.