Wednesday, April 1, 2015

God Still Strengthens His People

READ Psalm 67-68

Toward the end of these two full Psalms of praise and adoration of God, David calls on all the kingdoms of the earth to sing to God (68:32). He is inviting Gentiles and Jews alike to recognize the omnipotent greatness of God and to give him his due worship. In context, he is calling on all nations to recognize God’s unique relationship to his people Israel (35) and to praise him for his provision for them.

As we read this Psalm today, we have the fullness of the NT revelation for us. God has now opened up the mystery of the gospel that Gentiles are now fellow heirs with believing Jews as God’s special people. “This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” (Ephesians 3:6) We all who know the Lord Jesus Christ can say with David, “he is the one who gives power and strength to his people.” (35)

Does this sound familiar in NT language to you. Perhaps Philippians 4:13 comes to mind: “I can do all things through the One who strengthens me.” Or Philippians 2:13: “for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Yes, just as God did in the OT for his people Israel, he does today for his people the Church. Glory!

Prayer: Father, you have accepted us in our Savior Jesus Christ. You have made us your children by adopting us into your family. You have blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus. And you do not leave us to our own feeble efforts to glorify you with our good works. No, you are at work in us to desire and to do what pleases you. You give power and strength to us! Glory be to your name!

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