God’s Praises: Part Two

The salvation of sinners is the theme of the Scriptures.  From the foundation of the earth God has planned for, prepared for, and prosecuted for the salvation of His beloved elect children.  Our salvation is God’s priority.  He sent forth His Son Jesus Christ as Savior of the world!  What amazing grace!  What amazing condescension!  We can thank and praise our God because He is our Savior.  The Scriptures are replete with praises to God for the priority of His salvation in the lives of His beloved redeemed ones.  We must always have a heart filled with praise to our glorious God.  May we let the Scriptures fill our hearts with praise for our God because of His amazing love for us!

1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.  2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit….11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!  Psalm 32:1-2 and 11

1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!  For praise from the upright is beautiful.  2 Praise the Lord with the harp; Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.  3 Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.  4 For the word of the Lord is right, And all His work is done in truth.  5 He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord….18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, 19 To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine.  20 Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.  1 For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His Holy name.  22 Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, Just as we hope in You.  Psalm 33:1-4 and 18-22

These verses depict what any child of God knows, the Lord’s salvation in our lives and His intimate knowledge and watch care over us.  This Scriptural and experiential knowledge elicits praise and worship of our gracious God from thankful hearts who know His mercy and forgiveness of sins.  Amen!  The next Psalm needs to be quoted in its entirety, because the exaltation of the Lord for His goodness results in the expression of grateful praise from sinners redeemed from their sin.

1 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.  2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad.  3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.  4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.  5 They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed.  6 This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.  7 The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.  8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!  9 Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!  There is no want to those who fear Him.  10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.  11 Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.  12 Who is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good?  13 Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit.  14 Depart from  evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.  15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry.  16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.  17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.  18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.  19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.  20 He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken.  21 Evil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous will be condemned.  22 The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.  Psalm 34

God’s peculiar blessing upon us, as His children who have repented of their sin and put their faith in Jesus Christ, elicits jealous hatred from those who are wicked.  However, God watches over us and delivers us, while the wicked shall be slayed by their evilness and rest in the company of the condemned for all eternity in fiery hell.

Not that we want that.  No!  We along with the psalmist exhort all to fear the Lord, to believe in and speak the truth, to be at peace with God, through repentant faith in Christ, and be at peace with their neighbors, as the love of Christ ministers grace to those around them.  Yes, the righteous, through Jesus Christ, cry out to God and are delivered.  We invite all to taste and see that the Lord is good, and He blesses those who trust Him.  We continue with God’s priority, the salvation of sinners, since we know this salvation and are assured that God desires all to be saved.  Praise God for His merciful grace that saves even the vilest of sinners; this we know because He has saved us, His redeemed.

9 After these things I looked, and behold a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”  11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:  “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever.  Amen.”  Revelation 7:9-12

The reality of God’s priority in saving sinners is revealed in this scene around the throne of God, where the redeemed saints, which cannot be numbered, give God the Father and Jesus Christ the Lamb, praise, blessing and honor from hearts filled with grateful praise.  All who are saved gladly enter into His presence with glad hearts filled with resounding praise.

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them.  I will praise the Lord.  20 This is the gate of the Lord, Through which the righteous shall enter.  21 I will praise You, For You have answered me, And have become my salvation.  22 The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.  23 This is the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.  24 This is the day that the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:19-24

Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone; He is our righteousness and gives us the right to enter into God’s presence with praise and thanksgiving.  Only God could wrought salvation for mankind, and all those who repent of their sin and believe that Jesus Christ died upon the cross for their sins, and rose from the dead for their justification become saints of God who are number with the redeemed.  Call out upon the Lord!  Beseech Him for His mercy and grace!  Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good and blesses all who turn to Him in repentant faith believing the truth of God, the Word of God, the Bible, which alone is God’s source of revelation about His Son Jesus Christ.  Amen!

1 Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles!  Laud Him, all you peoples! 2 For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever.  Praise the Lord!  Psalm 117

Lord Jesus Christ, we are so grateful to You for our salvation.  Not one person could lay claim to salvation based upon their own effort or work.  Salvation is the gift of God given to any sinner who repents of their sins and puts their faith in You.  Thank you Lord Jesus Christ, and may our hearts daily glory in the gift of salvation given to us because of Your great love and mercy.  Amen!

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