The history of humanity’s salvation begins with an extraordinary promise made to the serpent/devil—“I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” (Genesis 3:15).
From this introduction, the Holy Scriptures proceed to document how this blood-red thread of redemption has been divinely woven into the fabric of history. From the call of Abram (Genesis 12) to the rebuilding of the temple and Jerusalem’s wall over 1,500 years later in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah, the distinct message is the Lord has done great things.
When Judah returned from Babylonian slavery, Psalm 126 was composed. Here, it is written, “When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad. Bring back our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the South” (vv. 1-4).
How much more joyfully can and should this declaration of praise be sung by those who live after the most prominent features of redemption’s scarlet thread—Christ’s death, burial, resurrection and ascension, the fulfillment of the Old Testament’s prophetic prophecies! The declaration of the good news of spiritual victory, of deliverance from spiritual slavery is the ultimate proof of God’s wisdom, grace, and greatness.
Not only is it true that “The Lord has done great things for them”; it is also true at this very hour that “the Lord has done great things for us”.
How glad are we?