Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge,
Who eat up my people as they eat bread,
And do not call on the Lord?
There they are in great dread,
For God is with the righteous generation.
You would put to shame the counsel of the afflicted,
But the Lord is his refuge.
Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores His captive people,
Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.
God is with His afflicted people. What greater comfort could there be? We are safe in the hand of our God:
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” John 10:27-29
David is not simply calling for safety from a present enemy. He is calling for what we truly need. He is asking for salvation…and he is asking Jesus to bring it.
“The Lord says to my lord:
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet.”
The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying,
“Rule in the midst of your enemies!”
“For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch.” Isaiah 62:1
Jesus is the bringer of salvation. Salvation is what His name means and it is found nowhere else (Acts 4:12). In Zechariah 9:9, we see a prophecy of the coming Messiah, the One that would save the people of God:
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey”
This is the Jesus we see in John 12:12-15 entering Jerusalem shortly before He was crucified:
“The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!”
The restoration of God’s people, who were captive to sin, was purchased on the cross by our King! This is why the people of God can rejoice and be glad. But the enemies of God dread the return of the King, for they will face the wrath of God for their wickedness and abominable deeds. So the question is…
Do you rejoice at the idea of Jesus coming back?…or do you dread it?