2000-06-19 - Salvation Belongs To God
Psalms 3:8 Salvation belongs to the Lord; Your blessing upon Your people.
We are prone to forget and fail to give thanks to God for His blessing of salvation. Salvation is His and He gives it to His children as a free gift. But since it is His and His alone to give to lost sinners, we ought to give praise to Him often for this wonderful gift.
There are many verses that help us understand that salvation belongs to Lord: Psalm 85:4 O God of our salvation, Psalm 95:1 The rock of our salvation, and Isaiah 12:3, The wells of salvation. There are also many verses that tell us that, He appoints walls and ramparts for salvation, Isaiah 26:1, He, grants salvation in Zion, and that He, Commands salvation for Jacob, Psalm 44:4. It is as if salvation is at the Lords beck and call, waiting for His pleasure to come to live where He commands.
If we look a bit deeper we can say that salvation not only belongs to the Lord but also that it is entirely His. He owns salvation, Isaiah 56:1, For my salvation is about to come, Isaiah 63:5, My own arm brought salvation to Me, and Habakkuk 3:8, You did ride on Your horses, on Your chariots of salvation.
There is salvation in none else. Psalm 44:6, For I will not trust my bow, nor my sword to save me, Psalm 44:3, And their own arm did not save them; but Your right hand, and Your arm, and the light of Your presence, for You did favor them, Psalm 146:3, Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. Not even a nation can save, Lamentations 4:17, In our watching we have watched, for a nation that could not save. And we could pile up examples here of things that cannot save; silver and gold, Ezekiel 7:19, and Wisdom and Counsel Isaiah 29:14, just to name two more.
So salvation belongs to God not only in the sense that only God can save, but also in the sense that salvation itself belongs to God, for nothing else can save. So whatever we say about salvation, whatever circumstances we might speak about salvation in, whatever methods of salvation we might employ in our attempts to speak of the gospel, whatever we can imagine about salvation, we must first know that all of salvation belongs to God.
There are three things at least that this should lead us to do:
Soli Deo Gloria,