[Papercut Press] 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 Lord’s 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:

  1. Give all the glory of salvation to God alone. Salvation is not ours because we are wiser than others, or deserve it more, rather it is a gift from God, Ephesians 2:8-10. When we think about salvation and our part in it, we should praise God.

  2. Live better. God’s mercy to us should make us live a more holy life. We ought to be more alive to living out our faith, Romans 12:1,2. Our thankful tongue must be joined to a thankful life.

  3. We ought to put our trust in God. Whatever circumstances we find ourselves in, even difficult times, we ought to trust God. “Trust in the Lord forever, for in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.” Isaiah 26:4 The providence of God for His children is His tender care of them, and nothing is too hard for God. Remember that God delivered a young shepherd boy named David from a lion and a bear, can He not also deliver you from all your anxieties and fears? 1 Samuel 17:34-36.

Soli Deo Gloria,