The Lord Adorns the Humble with Salvation

from Lynda Lindsey

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He adorns the humble with salvation. Psalm 149:4

The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty.  Nahum 1:3(a)

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows those who take refuge in Him. But with an overflowing flood He will make a complete end of the adversaries, and will pursue His enemies into darkness. Nahum 1:7-8

Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace! Keep your feasts, O Judah; fulfill your vows, for never again shall the worthless pass through you; he is utterly cut off. Nahum 1:15

God, the one true living God, as opposed to lifeless idols of wood and stone, takes pleasure in His people to the extent that He adorns the humble with salvation. Our good, great, and powerful God is slow to anger; for those who seek His refuge, He is a stronghold in the day of trouble. God is a just God; He decries evil, treachery, deceit, violence, greed, cruelty and idolatry. Jesus, our friend and brother, our tender Shepherd, is nevertheless the Sovereign Lord and King who will hold the guilty accountable and make a complete end of His adversaries.

Assyria was a cruel enemy, but God promised that Nineveh would fall and rise no more; that Assyria would be devoured as rapidly as dry stubble is consumed in a fire. Our enemies may look as strong, as invincible as Nineveh, but God is greater than any enemy. God’s people are promised deliverance, and the Deliverer has come; the Good News that warfare will cease, that peace will prevail, is carried as quickly as a runner goes ahead of a large retinue to herald good news. We rejoice, not in the downfall of others, but that God metes out justice with mercy and prevails over evil.

Setting ourselves up against God is certain failure, for God will make a certain end to His enemies just as surely as He will save those who seek His refuge. Knowing God’s patience, His eagerness and willingness to save, we should be quick to repent and obey. No matter how powerful we may be in this life, unless we’re on the Lord’s side, we are like ripe fruit ready to fall and be trampled underfoot. The guilty don’t go free, unless we are adorned with the Lord’s salvation. Sinless Jesus became sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Humbly ask for His adornment!