Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 26, 2016

God’s favor toward His chosen ones

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 106:1-5.

“Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
2 Who can speak of the mighty deeds of the Lord,
Or can show forth all His praise?
3 How blessed are those who keep justice,
Who practice righteousness at all times!

4 Remember me, O Lord, in Your favor toward Your people;
Visit me with Your salvation,
5 That I may see the prosperity of Your chosen ones,
That I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation,
That I may glory with Your inheritance.”  Psalm 106:1-5.

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God has favor toward His people.  Verse 4.

What does God’s favor do for His people?

In verses 4-5, we read four blessings of God’s favor upon His people, and we read four descriptions of His people.

God’s favor gives His “people” “salvation”.

God’s favor gives His “chosen ones” “prosperity”.

God’s favor gives His “nation” “gladness”.

God’s favor gives His “inheritance” “glory”.

Other doctrine has a god who waits to see what people do and then reacts.

But, Reformed Doctrine has the God of Scripture Who has favor upon His people, His chosen ones, giving them salvation, prosperity, gladness, and glory. 

“For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord,
You surround him with favor as with a shield.”  Psalm 5:2.

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”  Psalm 84:11.

“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.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.  …”  Ephesians 1:3-7.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:4-7.

“Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.”  Verse 1.

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