Pointing Through the Psalms to the Cross

As part of my Bible reading plan for the year, I have spent the last few weeks reading through and meditating over the Psalms; and what a joy it has been.  It almost never fails that whenever I spend any amount of time in this book, I come away with a bigger view of God than before; and this time was no different.

What is so amazing to me is that everywhere I look in these chapters, I see arrow after arrow pointing toward the cross.  It is a wonder to me why we don’t hear more preaching from the Psalms than we do.  There are deep theological truths to be gained from lingering long over this book.  But let me go back, what exactly do I mean by arrows “pointing to the cross?”

Read this passage:  Psalm 103:8-13

8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.  10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.  11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. 13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. 14 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

Did you see it?  There’s an arrow there, and it points straight to the cross.  But I’ll come back to it.

Keep the verses above in mind for a moment and read the next few (emphasis mine):

  • 9:7  But the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice,

  • 7:11  God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.

  • 9:4  For you have maintained my just cause; you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.

  • 89:14  Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.

  • 111:7  The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy;

A scenario:  You hear on the news that today is finally the day for the sentencing of the worst mass murderer in the history of the U.S.  The case went on for months before the jury found the killer guilty, but the day has come for the judge to issue the punishment.  You tune in just in time to hear the sentence being read by the judge and your mouth drops.  You ask your spouse did you hear that right.  Yes, you heard it right.  “There will be no punishment for these crimes.  You are free to go.”

Would justice have been served?  Would that judge be a just judge?  Is there any chance that judge would last on the bench?  “No,” to all three.

Now read verse 10 of chapter 103 again:  “He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.”  Alright, if you won’t say it, I will.  That cannot be just.  There is no way God is a righteous judge if this is his policy!  How in the world can justice include looking the other way?  Doesn’t sin deserve punishment?

Read verse 10 once more with the bold words being stressed:  “He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.”

Now Romans and the cross:

Romans 3:23-26  23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood {the cross}, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

God is a just and righteous judge.  He will not look the other way.  All sin will be paid for – either on the cross in the body of Jesus Christ or by the person who committed it through an eternity in hell.  It matters greatly to you where the penalty of your sin rests.

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