He That is Our God, is the God of Salvation
By Patrick B. Woods
The gospel of Christ is a declaration of who God is and what He is accomplishing in salvation. Specifically, it announces what God is accomplishing in Christ Jesus - the Savior of all men. God has determined to deliver His people by His own power and through His Own Arm. For when He considered the condition of the earth, it’s inhabitants and it’s works He found a large divide that could not be traversed by any man. The distance between His holiness and man’s defilement was too great and there was none to intercede. He looked, “and there was none to help.” And He wondered, “that there was none to uphold” - no not one.
“Therefore Mine Own Arm brought salvation unto Me, and My fury, it upheld Me” (Isa 63:5). Men are the recipients of the blessings of the mighty work of God.
All soberly thinking men can see their own inability to deliver themselves from the wrath to come. When men can truly see the predicament that they are in as a result of their own sin and the relentless curse of the law (Gal 3:13), then they will know that they can only escape by the work of a mighty Savior. In other words, the correct perception of salvation will cause us, as it has caused all the saints of old, to praise God for His salvation. “But I will sacrifice unto Thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9). And again, “And it shall be said in that day, ‘Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation’” (Isa 25:9).
Salvation is accomplished, from start to finish, by a Savior not by instruction. God is not telling men what they must do in order to save themselves (although that is involved), He is telling them that He is the Savior. Understanding this will cause men to both cry out to the Lord and praise Him for such immediate deliverance. It is often in times of grief and distress that this truth is most prominent in our thinking. These are the most precious times of clarity and fellowship with the Lord; times when you can say “In you alone I put my trust. You are the God of Salvation.”
“I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.” (Psalm 18:1-6)