Friday, 25 December, 2020
Title: The Lord is Come. The Saviour Reigns. Wonders of His Love
By: Ps Cheng Cheung
Psalm 9: 11 Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion!
Declare His deeds among the people.
Last week Ps Isaac shared some thoughts on Psalm 98 and how various themes in the Psalms inspired the composer of “Joy to the Word.” to write that carol. Today, I want to share some insights on Psalm 9, and how it bears some resemblance to Psalm 98.
One of the themes in both Psalms revolve around the Messiah’s Coming and His deeds and the Messiah’s Kingdom.
For example Psalm 98: 1
For He has done m͟a͟r͟v͟e͟l͟l͟o͟u͟s͟ t͟h͟i͟n͟g͟s͟
His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.
Similarly, Psalm 9: 1 and 2 reads
I will tell of all Your m͟a͟r͟v͟e͟l͟l͟o͟u͟s͟ w͟o͟r͟k͟s͟ …
When my enemies turn back,
They shall fall and perish at Your presence.
Then, v 2 of Psalm 98 speaks of God’s mercy and His righteousness and the ends of the earth has seen the s͟a͟l͟v͟a͟t͟i͟o͟n͟ o͟f͟ G͟o͟d͟ . This is echoed in Psalm 9 where the psalmist exalts God because He has not forsaken those who seek Him. Those who know His name will trust in Him and rejoice in G͟o͟d͟’s s͟a͟l͟v͟a͟t͟i͟o͟n͟. Both are references to God’s coming salvation plan through Jesus. He now lives in born-again hearts because He came at Christmas, lived, died on the cross, rose again, and was exalted to the right hand of the Father as Saviour and King.
Thirdly, there is a picture in both Psalms that God will ultimately sit as the righteous judge over all the peoples of the earth when He returns to usher in His e͟v͟e͟r͟l͟a͟s͟t͟i͟n͟g͟ k͟i͟n͟g͟d͟o͟m͟. This is very clearly spelt out in v 9 of Psalm 98 and vv 8 and 19 of Psalm 9. Judgement is certain, the downtrodden will be vindicated. Yahweh will act.
What has this to do with Christmas day?
These themes celebrate truths, as echoed in the carol “Joy to the World,” about Jesus Christ. These are Biblical truths which
(1) have their foundations in the past;
(2) we believers need to be reminded about in the present (Christmas Day);
(3) point to a sure future in God’s unalterable timeline. They help us see that our annual Christmas celebrations are only mile-stones, beckoning us ever closer to the ”blessed hope” – the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:13)
The Lord is Come
Christmas is not only about ” The Lord is Come ” , but also the result of (the Messiah’s Kingdom) Jesus’ coming into the world.
• Jesus will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end (Luke 1:32-33)
• Jesus will save His people from their sins (Matt 1:21)
• The Christ child will bring salvation to the people of the world (Luke 2:11)
• This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, and many others to rise. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. (Luke 2: 34-35) In other words, He will bring change to the rotten world order of the day.
The Saviour Reigns
Psalm 9: 7 But Yahweh sits enthroned forever.
He has established his throne for judgment. (LEB)
Scripture is unambiguous: The Lord reigns now over the world and all its peoples and His throne is eternal. You and I will sing with joy that the Saviour reigns at His second coming. At that time, all “in heaven and on earth and under the earth” will acknowledge His rule and the redeemed will “repeat the sounding joy.” We celebrate what is true now on Christmas morn. We look forward in the sure hope of what will be true at His return.
Wonders of His Love
For some, Christmas is melancholic. Maybe it is an aversion to the commercialism we attach to this time of the year that takes away from its deeper meaning. Maybe the greetings, smiles, and bright lights do not resonate with one’s emotional and spiritual state. Or possibly, it is when we try hardest to be externally joyful and merry, that we realize the most that something’s not right. Internally, sin is still gnawing away, even if we have been Christians for many years. John Calvin (translation paraphrase) explains:
”Our lust is furious and our greed limitless in pursuing wealth and honours, chasing after power, heaping up riches, and gathering all those vain things which seem to give us grandeur and glory. . . in this present life, Scripture calls us to resign our wills and everything that is ours to the Lord.” ¹
Despite our depravity and rebelliousness toward the Lord God Yahweh, Jesus came to bear the sin of the world; He will come again to “save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.” (Hebrews 9:28) This is the wonder of His infinite love and Christmas makes it clear for all to see.
Prayer for Today
Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to earth that first Christmas morn. Forgive me that I do not live daily in appreciation of Your redemption plan completely.
Help me know what it means to have a fresh start. Strengthen my resolve, O Lord, the journey is not done. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
¹ “A Little Book on the Christian Life” – John Calvin
（三）在上帝不可改变的时间线中，指向一个确定的未来。他们帮助我们看到，我们每年的圣诞庆祝活动犹如里程标，使我们越来越接近“所盼望的福” — 救主耶稣基督的荣耀显现。（参提2:13）
- 这个孩子要叫以色列中许多人跌倒、许多人兴起。他是被上帝差来的记号，但许多人却反对他， 心里的意念也因此显露出来（参路2:34-35)。换句话说，他将改变当今腐朽的世界秩序。
经文很明确：主统治着世人，他的王位是永恒的。你我会高兴地歌唱救主再来的时候仍作王。当时，“诸天万物”都会承认他的统治，而被救赎的人“响应歌声嘹亮”。 在圣诞节早晨, 我们庆祝这事实。我们确信并期待着他再来将实现的事。
¹ 《基督徒的生活》 — 约翰·加尔文