Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 26, 2016

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 144.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+144&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
Who trains my hands for war,
And my fingers for battle;
2 My lovingkindness and my fortress,
My stronghold and my deliverer,
My shield and He in whom I take refuge,
Who subdues my people under me.

9 I will sing a new song to You, O God;
Upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,
10 Who gives salvation to kings,
Who rescues David His servant from the evil sword.
11 Rescue me and deliver me out of the hand of aliens,
Whose mouth speaks deceit
And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

12 Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants,
And our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace;
13 Let our garners be full, furnishing every kind of produce,
And our flocks bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields;
14 Let our cattle bear
Without mishap and without loss,
Let there be no outcry in our streets!
15 How blessed are the people who are so situated;
How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!”  Psalm 144:1-2 and 9-15.

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We want protection.  We want prosperity.

How are protection and prosperity received?

Today’s Scripture teaches that protection and prosperity are blessings from God.

“How blessed are the people who are so situated;
How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!”  Verse 15.

And, the following Scripture goes further and teaches that God’s chosen people receive God’s choice blessings.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.”  Psalm 34:12.

Other doctrine wants to ignore or obscure that point, preferring to falsely teach that God loves everyone and that the reason why some people are protected and have prosperity (and others are not) is that the protected and prospered use their own alleged free-will, wisdom, and strength to seize it.

But, the Scripture that follows the foregoing Psalm 34:12 refute such false teaching.

“13 The Lord looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men;
14 From His dwelling place He looks out
On all the inhabitants of the earth,
15 He who fashions the hearts of them all,
He who understands all their works.
16 The king is not saved by a mighty army;
A warrior is not delivered by great strength.
17 A horse is a false hope for victory;
Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.

18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope for His lovingkindness,
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.
21 For our heart rejoices in Him,
Because we trust in His holy name.
22 Let Your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us,
According as we have hoped in You.”  Psalm 34:13-22.

God gives protection and prosperity to His beloved, His chosen ones.

“Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.”  Psalm 127:1-2.

“4 Remember me, O Lord, in Your favor toward Your people;
Visit me with Your salvation,
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 106:4-5.

“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.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God;  you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  1 Peter 2:9-10.


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