Friday, June 22, 2012

See, Rejoice, and Glory

 4Remember me, O LORD, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation;
 5That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance. 

See, Rejoice, and Glory
6 But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, (Romans 9:6, New King James Version)
25 As He says also in Hosea:   

      “ I will call them My people, who were not My people,
      And her beloved, who was not beloved.”
       26 “ And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them,

       You are not My people,’
      There they shall be called sons of the living God.”
(Romans 9:25-26, New King James Version)
The psalmist of Psalm 106 rightly understood his relationship to God, and the only means of salvation. For unless God visited him with salvation, he would not be saved. Many of Jewish descent then and now wrongly believe that because they are children of Abraham, they are automatically granted salvation by God. As shown in Romans 9, not all Israel was of Israel. In other words, just because they were Israelites, it did not necessarily mean they were true children of God.

In the same manner, Romans 9 continues by saying that God would call those who were not His people (Gentiles), His people. In other words, not all those who were Israelites would be true heirs of God, and many of those who were not from the nation of Israel would be called the people of God.

What is the lesson for those of us who live in the 21st century? The lesson is that we must not take our salvation for granted. Neither should we assume that because we are of a certain nation or because we belong to a certain church, we are true believers. Each person who is a true child of God comes to Christ through faith in Him. We understand that there is no way to God except through His Son who came to this earth with the sole purpose of saving a people for Himself through the shedding of His own perfect, righteous blood.

As the people of God, how do we respond to this wondrous God who brought salvation to us? As the psalmist tells us in Psalm 106, verse 5, as children of God we see, rejoice, and glory! We see the good of being His chosen, we rejoice in the gladness of His nation (true believers), and we glory with all of the saints of God from the beginning to the end of time.

Go, then, this day in the strength and power of the Lord Jesus Christ and see the good of being His chosen, rejoice that He has saved you, and glory, with the saints of all ages, in this precious Savior.

God Bless You,
Linda


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