This Psalm was written by David and has been sung by God’s people in times of oppression. This is why the theme of “God Alone” being their salvation, rock, refuge and hope is prevalent in the first 7 verses. Also notice how David speaks of the individual to believe this first before talking about the corporate body in verse 8, and the consequences of those who oppress them in verses 9-10. This is important because each Christian must be convicted of this in their own soul and conscience; that “God Alone” is our salvation and deliverer before that spreads to others in the body of Christ and to help us either endure perspectives or withhold temptation to trust or join other facets of functional saviors. In fact, I love how the ESV Study Bible describes God’s people in this situation when describing the use of this Psalm being sung:
“The strong temptation in such a case is either to despair or else to seek security in power and wealth rather than in God.”
This is similar to us, whether it’s in politics, questionable ethics in job situations or even the subtle temptation of acceptance from the world that we thought would just go away after high school and college. It’s “God Alone” that we must trust in, depend on and seek as salvation whether we feel like we are being delivered in this life or not. And we we will not point others to this One and Only, True God until our conscience and soul is first settled on that truth.
To help remind us of that truth in our own individual souls right now, made possible because of Jesus, here’s one of my favorite arrangements of the classic, “In Christ Alone”. After listening, feel free to comment below about anything else that may have stuck out when reading this Psalm.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor