By mighty deeds in righteousness
Prayer’s answer surely comes from Thee,
O God our Savior, God the trust
Of all Thy saints on land and sea.
Thus we sing the truth that David wrote in Psalm 65:5. He wrote: “By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; Who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea.”
Very plainly David in these words brings us to the cross of Christ. He did not see the cross itself with his fleshly eye, and neither have we done so. But with the eye of faith he saw that cross in these “terrible things in righteousness.”
The word “terrible” could better be translated as ter-rifying. It suggests Jesus’ own words, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken Me?” There were at the cross three hours of terrifying darkness and awesome suffering of hellish agonies!
Through all this Jesus paid for our sins. In the righteous way of suffering our punishment and doing so in perfect love to God, Jesus earned for us the right to dwell with God in His house of glory. We can be saved only in a righteous way. Otherwise we add punishment.
Here we have another reason to praise God. He is the almighty, sovereign God, and the God of love, mercy, and grace. But He is also the righteous God who will save only in the way of His justice being satisfied.
That being the case He is the confidence of all the ends of the earth. Who could confide in one who does not meet all the requirements? God sends His Son to go all the way and completely satisfy His justice. And we can be confident that there is no suffering of punishment for our sins that we must still endure.
Praise God then for His righteousness and as the God of our salvation.
Read: Colossians 1
Psalter versification: 166:4
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.