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Friday, July 28, 2017

Salvation Again (Psalm 46, 76, 80, 135)

This selection is three of them, with another one from a couple of readings ago that I missed.

The psalms still give me some trouble.  But, what jumped out to me was this phrase repeated three times in Psalm 80.
Restore us, O God;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved

Christians talk about individuals being saved, but the psalmist is talking about a people being saved.  Furthermore, my understanding is that the salvation here is deliverance from enemies and perhaps return to Zion.  Psalm 135 recount military victories of the Israelites consistent with this understanding.

Again, I wonder whether it is appropriate for we as Christians to appropriate the Hebrew idea of salvation.  Interesting.

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