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“The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people.”””

(Psalm 113:4-8 ESV)

     This passage was brought to mind by a song written by Keith and Kristen Getty, The Lord is My Salvation. The chorus from that song was what brought this Psalm to mind, “Who is like the Lord our God, Strong to save, faithful in love? My debt is paid, and the victory won; the Lord is my salvation.” Who is like the Lord our God? The answer is: No one! Sure there are many who would suggest other gods, other ways, other paths, but none will save; none will grant us an inheritance in heaven; none could possibly rescue us from the punishment that we rightly deserve. Who is like the Lord, there is no one?
     You might be wondering why this was an important thought for me for the subject of an article like this? I’m glad you asked. It’s important because there are so many other ways that man tries to fulfill his need for acceptance, for peace in his heart, for hope to continue in this life. And when those efforts or other ways fail to produce the results he looks for, hopelessness and despair become a crushing weight that leads to depression and all too often to lashing out at others, or even to suicide.
     Keith and Kristen Getty credit Psalm 27 for the inspiration for that song, which has long been a favorite of mine, especially the first verse, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.”
     I then pause, looking at whatever obstacle or dynamic is before me that might otherwise cause me to be fearful, and ask the question, if the LORD is my light and my salvation, why should I be afraid? “If the LORD is the stronghold of my life, why should I be afraid?” There is no power than can overpower the LORD; there is nothing than can thwart His plans, so if difficulty comes my way, if that difficulty would cost me my life, is not even that in His hands by faith in the salvation that is found in His Son?
     I don’t always understand the “why” of the hardship, but I know that the one who is the LORD, my Lord, does possess that understanding, and somehow; in some way He knows that it is best for me. Faith comes in trusting what we don’t see, what we can’t yet know. My faith in God helps me, especially when I reflect on verses like these, to trust in difficult situations.
     Verse three of the Getty’s song continues, “My hope is hidden in the Lord, He flowers each promise of His Word; when winter fades, I know spring will come, the Lord is my salvation.” I don’t think that they were writing simply about the yearly seasons, but perhaps also about the seasons of life that we experience. If we will wait on Him, and trust that His promises will be fulfilled in His timing, He will prove Himself steadfast and true.
     My hope is that you might reflect on this simple thought, “Who is like the Lord our God?” Because there is none like Him, because there is none that can circumvent His purposes or His ways, we can trust Him completely to do that which He has promised. Whatever you may be going through, whatever you may be facing in the days to come, remember that there is none like Him.

By His Grace Alone,

Pastor Bruce Jacobsen




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