A Proverb in a Song: part 5

“I will stretch out my ear to a proverb,

I will open a riddle with a lyre.”

(Psalm 49:5 {Psalm 49:4 in English Bibles})

 

And what will be the riddle that this proverb is to solve?  The question is posed in the very next verses, and asks the question that many of us have asked at some point or another—a question that the watching world asks of us as well.  How is it, it may be said, that believers can face such persecution and oppression from outside, yet still maintain their hope.  Though we know that the answer is and can only be God, oh, how this is a great riddle to the unbeliever.

So beloved, hear the psalmist’s song of freedom, lifted up to the tune of the lyre.  Hear him sing of God’s glory and deliverance not only from oppressors, but from the oppression of the grave itself!  And be encouraged, for it is this God who has made such a promise to all who love him and come to him through faith in his Son, Jesus Christ.  It is us, beloved, it is us, who will one day sing with this psalmist of the finished plans of God, looking back from beyond the grave, over all that God has done for his people—for you and for me—and praising him for his remarkable faithfulness in times of trouble and great joy.  Oh, our God is great and wonderful, faithful beyond the ages—what a privilege and what a joy it is, to sing his endless praises!

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,

Freely bestowed on all who believe!

You that are longing to see His face,

Will you this moment His grace receive?

Grace, grace, God’s grace,

Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;

Grace, grace, God’s grace,

Grace that is greater than all our sin.

-Julia Johnston

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