Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 6, 2018

“You have become my salvation” – “This is the LORD’s doing”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 23:37-39.

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her!  How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.  Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!  For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!’”  Matthew 23:37-39.

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Jesus’ declaration, “BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!”, comes from Psalm 118:26.  We look at a section of Scripture surrounding it, because it attributes salvation to the LORD.

Other doctrine ultimately attributes salvation to something man contributes, because it believes that God loves everybody and Christ died for everyone and the reason why some are saved and others are not saved is that the saved contribute something to salvation whether it be their works or their will be to be saved.

But, Reformed Doctrine recognizes that Scripture teaches that salvation comes from the LORD.  “You have become my salvation.”  Psalm 118:21.  “This is the LORD’s doing.”  Psalm 118:23.

We come in the name of the LORD.  We do not come in our own name nor on the basis of anything that we have contributed. 

And, as it states elsewhere in Scripture, “For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.”  So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.”  Romans 9:15-16.

“19 Open to me the gates of righteousness;
I shall enter through them, I shall give thanks to the LORD.
20 This is the gate of the LORD;
The righteous will enter through it.
21 I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me,
And You have become my salvation.

22 The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief corner stone.
23 This is the LORD’s doing;
It is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25 O LORD, do save, we beseech You;
O LORD, we beseech You, do send prosperity!
26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD;
We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.
27 The LORD is God, and He has given us light;
Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I give thanks to You;
You are my God, I extol You.
29 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.”  Psalm 118:19-29.


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