Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14, NASB95)

David ends his great psalm about the two different ways in which the Lord is revealed to us [Nature = general revelation and his Word = special revelation], with this prayer in which he ascribes to the Lord two characteristics: rock and redeemer.

  1. Rock. This emphasizes God’s strength, power, and unchanging nature.  A rock stands firm against all the forces that would seek to dislodge it: time, storms, and shifting sands.  Our Lord’s character does not change over time, nor quail at the force of any onslaught by man or demonic power.  He is not swayed by the shifting winds of human opinion, nor toppled by time, history, or any coalition that man may raise up against him.  Through everything, he does not change.
  2. Redeemer. The verb to redeem means: ” to buy back from bondage.”  The Zodhiates Word Study Bible says that “redeemer” means in part: “Theologically, this word is used to convey God’s redemption of individuals from spiritual death and His redemption of the nation of Israel from Egyptian bondage and also from exile (see Ex. 6:6).”  The Lord “redeemed” the children of Israel from bondage in Egypt.  He bought them back from their exile in Babylon.

    In the same way, our Lord is redeemer to individuals, writes David.  God did not just redeem Israel as a covenant people, but David as a covenant individual, the Lord is “my Redeemer.”

Our Lord has not changed his methods since David’s time.  As he was David’s redeemer, he is also the redeemer of everyone who follows him by faith.  Even you, dear reader.

As Paul will put it in the New Testament:

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;” (Ephesians 2:8, NASB95)