The Exodus Pattern

Michael Wilcock

READ : Psalm 119:153-160

Redeem me. (v. 154 NIV)

As the great psalm moves towards its completion, it ties in with one of the most significant events recorded in the entire Word of God. Like many other psalms, and many other books of the Bible, it harks back to the days of the exodus, when God looked in pity on an enslaved nation and rescued them from their great enemy.

It is the same language and the same pattern here. First a plea that God would look and see (vv. 153, 159): “Look upon my suffering” was exactly the cry of Israel in Egypt. Then a prayer for deliverance and redemption, and for a life renewed, which at the exodus effectively meant life out of death. And the “wicked,” the “foes who persecute,” the “faithless,” are the evil powers that only God can overcome. As it was in the time of Moses, so it was in the psalmist’s day, so it was when Jesus brought about the great redemption at Calvary (Luke 19:31), and so it will be when evil is finally vanquished at his second coming.

With the tracks of his victorious purpose so unmistakably scored across history, how can we doubt that we who have called on him, as the psalmist called, are caught up in it not only for this age but forever?


“All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal” (v. 160 NIV).