Monday, March 26, 2018

Monday - Psalm 65 - Chosen

O you remember picking teams for elementary school recess games? Imagine the feelings of those who were not picked at all! Wait though, for some, it was a bit of a thrill if they were picked first...  and for others, a relief if they were not picked last... still others were just glad they were picked at all.

Sometimes when the doctrine of election surfaces in our study of the Scriptures, we can make the mistake of focusing only on those who are apparently not part of the elect.  But wait, just because a topic is heavy, or it can easily be misconstrued, that doesn't mean we should ignore it altogether.  The 900 lb gorilla in the room is not necessarily a menace.  He might be quite an intriguing specimen if we will take the time to examine him.

In Psalm 65 we encounter a glorious angle on this issue. In Psalm 65:4 David wrote, "Blessed is the man whom Thou choosest, and causest to approach unto Thee…  Since none of us deserve to gain access to God's presence, it is an amazing brand of grace which tickets any of us. Yet, this grace does exist.  I know because I am a partaker of it.  God owed no man anything good.  We all justly deserved damnation, and yet here I am - redeemed; forgiven; adopted; saved; justified; regenerated; converted. In the words of the old hymn, "No merit of my own His anger to suppress.  My only hope is found in Jesus' righteousness."  No one is worthy of salvation.  Yet, God saves!

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