Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the LORD: “The LORD looked down from His sanctuary on high, from heaven He viewed the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death.”Psalm 102:18-20
Sin – a Problem for Everyone
The Bible makes it very clear that because of sin, humans are condemned to die. The Bible also makes it clear that there isn’t anything humans can do about it. What we know about the Bible, and Psalm 102 in particular, is that it was written long, long ago. But it was not written for people who lived long, long ago – not for them alone.
Written That You May Believe
It was also written for us who live in the 21st century. “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31, emphasis added)
The Bible makes it clear that our sin has imprisoned us and condemned us to death. It uses words like groaning. This is true today.There are times when our sins cause us to groan. Those groans do not go unnoticed. God hears them. All the way from heaven. All the way across the centuries. And He looked down on our imprisonment and sent Jesus to us. Jesus lived among us as one of us. He suffered and died in our place releasing us from the prison of sin.
God Still Hears
All this happened a long, long time ago. But it still reaches us today through God’s Holy Word and Sacraments. The Sacrament of Holy Baptism gives us the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection – that act of Salvation of God! The Sacrament of Holy Communion that gives us the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith through the body and blood of Jesus Christ. These are the means through which God gives us His grace, the free gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Read through Psalm 103 and note where it speaks to 21st century people.
Heavenly Father, You speak to us through the centuries from Your Holy Word. Even when it seems You are far away, hear our cries for mercy for Jesus’ sake, amen. © 2019 True Men Ministries