The Great Exception in Psalms


     The Great I AM is the Great Exception.  He is the ultimate Game Changer.  As David so beautifully describes in Psalm 64, his enemies “bend their bows to shoot their arrows—bitter words that they may shoot in secret at the blameless” (vv. 3-4), “But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly they shall be wounded.  So, He will make them stumble over their own tongue” (vv. 7-8).

     In other passages in Psalms, David describes other ways that the Great Exception impacts human existence.

     In death the Great I AM is the Great Exception.  “My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26).  “But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, for He shall receive me” (Psalm 49:15).

     In judgment the Great I AM is the Great Exception.  “Our God is the God of salvation; and to God the Lord belong escapes from death.  But God will wound the head of His enemies, the hairy scalp of the one who still goes on in his trespasses” (Psalm 68:20-21).  “But God is the Judge: He puts down one and exalts another” (Psalm 75:7).

     The reason why the Great I AM is the Great Exception is beautifully explained in Psalm 115:3—”But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases” (Psalm 115:3).  Unlike an idol, Jehovah is not the figment of anyone’s imagination (Psalm 115:4).  He is the help and shield of those who trust in Him (Psalm 115:9-11).

     He is either for you because you trust in Him or against you because of your lack of faith.

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