Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 3, 2015

“seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Samuel 22:20-28.

“20 “He also brought me forth into a broad place;
He rescued me, because He delighted in me.
21 “The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness;
According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.
22 “For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
And have not acted wickedly against my God.
23 “For all His ordinances were before me,
And as for His statutes, I did not depart from them.
24 “I was also blameless toward Him,
And I kept myself from my iniquity.
25 “Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
According to my cleanness before His eyes.
26 “With the kind You show Yourself kind,
With the blameless You show Yourself blameless;
27 With the pure You show Yourself pure,
And with the perverted You show Yourself astute.
28 “And You save an afflicted people;
But Your eyes are on the haughty whom You abase.”  2 Samuel 22:20-28.

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At first reading, we may think David is bragging in today’s Scripture.  But, then we meditate a little more on the bookend verses of today’s Scripture, and we realize how David starts with crediting God for rescuing him (verse 20) and how David recognizes that God abases the haughty (verse 28).  We also remember other Scripture such as Psalm 51 which shows the depth of David’s humility.

There are times for all of us Christians, like for David in today’s Scripture, that we can and should praise God for the righteousness, steadfastness, cleanness, and even blamelessness that He has developed within us and continues to do within us.

Our praise should not be limited to God healing us.  Our praise should not be limited to God delivering us from some dangerous situation.  Our praise should not be limited to God giving us food.  

Our praise should extend to those spiritual blessings that God has given us. 

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  …”  Ephesians 1:3-4.

“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;  and these whom He predestined, He also called;  and these whom He called, He also justified;  and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”  Romans 8:29-30.

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;  seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.”  2 Peter 1:2-3.

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