“The salvation of the Lord” is a concept that echoes down through the Scriptures. I used to think of the promise of God’s salvation as a promise for us in the far-off future. Like maybe after this life. But those early writers and characters were often in tough situations, and they were in need of immediate help, not of some far-off future help.
A quick look at various Bible translations shows that the Hebrew word that is translated as ‘salvation’ is also translated as ‘real help’, ‘victory’, and ‘deliverance’ at times in other translations. This points to the nowness of God’s help for us in our time of need.
One such time when God’s saving help was immediately needed was when Moses was leading the children of Israel out of the slavery of Egypt. After traveling some distance, they found their escape route to be blocked by the Red Sea. Trapped, with the Egyptian army baring down on them, the children of Israel were afraid, and perhaps angry at Moses for leading them into this apparent dead end [I think there’s a pun there!].
Moses knew that God provides salvation, or safety, for all of His children; he knew that God would provide a solution to their predicament. So he told them, “Do not be afraid, Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord…” [Exodus 4:13] Another translation puts it this way, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and let the Lord rescue you today.” They needed to be rescued right then and there. And, of course, they were–the Red Sea parted and they walked across to safety!
Its a lie, an evil thought, an incorrect concept of God, that would try to get us to believe that God isn’t always powerful. Evil is OK with us thinking that God might help us some time in the future–just so we don’t think that He can help us now! But God does help us now. Just as people in the Bible as well as folks today have proven over and over again.
Mary Baker Eddy gives a definition of salvation which reads in part “…sin, sickness and death destroyed.” We all need to be delivered from various forms of sin, sickness and death. Isn’t this the ‘salvation of the Lord’ that we all need? And its comforting to know that we don’t have to wait to be saved from these because God is a ‘real help’. Each of us can put trust in and bear witness to what this writer wrote in Psalms 46, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”