Book 1 – Psalm 30 of 41: The Great Exchange

Christ thus preaches his own resurrection – “O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.” (v3)  His favour is for a lifetime, against his momentary anger, joy always coming in the morning over the weeping which is but temporarily tarrying in the night.  Such is the foundation of the One who cried to the LORD for help, the LORD who healed Him (v.1-2) – His foundation is strong by His overwhelming favour (v7).  If even the Christ should call on the Father, what right have we to presume that we can walk with Him without yearning for His presence, without crying and pleading for His mercy? (v.8)  There is indeed no profit in Christ’s death if He goes down and remains in the pit (v.9) – it is life which tells of His faithfulness, not the death of dust!  He is the Son’s Mercy and Helper (v.10) – thus is the Great Exchange which Luther spoke of, that His innocence is exchanged for our sin, and His righteousness is gifted to us as we give him our corruption and death.

 

Thus He has changed our mourning into dancing, and clothed us in robes of righteousness and gladness (Isaiah 61:10).  Whose glory are we speaking of, the glory that could be shared with none other (Isaiah 42:8)?  The glory is given to the Anointed One, the Messiah, the Son, whom the Father shares His glory with – such glory shared with us (John 17), so that the Son’s dancing is gifted to us!

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Book 1 – Psalm 30 of 41: The Great Exchange

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