Today’s Devotional – February 11, 2016 – “The God of Our Salvation”
On This Day in History
1752 – Pennsylvania Hospital, the first hospital in the US, was opened.
1779 – The English founder of Methodism John Wesley wrote in a letter, “Chance has no share in the government of the world. The Lord reigns, and disposes all things, strongly and sweetly, for the good of them that love him.”
1790 – The Society of Friends petitioned Congress for abolition of slavery.
1808 – Anthracite coal was first burned as fuel, experimentally, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
1861– The US House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state.
1932 – A record high temperature of 73ºF was set in Cleveland, OH for February.
1943 – General Dwight D. Eisenhower was selected to command the allied armies in Europe.
1948 – The U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall prayed: “We ask Thee not for tasks more suited to our strength, but for strength more suited to our tasks.”
1953 – President Eisenhower refused a clemency appeal for Ethel and Julius Rosenberg who were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and were executed for supplying information about the atomic bomb to the Soviets.
He that is our God, the God of salvation; and to God the Lord belongs the deliverance from death.
But God will crush the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such a one who continues on in his sin.
The Lord said, I will bring again the memory of Bashan,
I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea:
That your foot may be dipped in the blood of your enemies, and the tongue of your dogs in the same.
They have seen your march, O God; even the marching of my God, my King, in the holy place.
The singers led the way, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with tambourines.
Bless God in the assembly, who is Jehovah, the spring of Israel.
David continues in this psalm to remind all believers of the place of God in our deliverance and salvation. Salvation is the redemption of men from the bondage of sin, the penalty of eternal death, resulting in the eternal blessing of everlasting joy in the presence of God.
What can compare to the graciousness of God, who forgives the sin of those that repent, and grants to these men the faith to believe and trust Him? The Apostle Paul sums up this action with these words to the Church at Ephesus.
“And you hath he made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now working in the children of rebellion: Among whom we all had our way of life in the past in the longing of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of our thoughts; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were spiritually dead in sins, has made us alive together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: in order that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His goodness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace you are saved through faith; and that (faith) is not from yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of your works, lest any man should have reason to brag.” (Ephesians 2:1-9)
God has filled his word with illustrations for us to have and enable our understanding to be complete. Here He reminds us to look to the great victory of Israel over the giant king, Og who reigned over the land of Bashan. It particularly mentions the crushing of his head as promised to Adam and Eve after they sinned.
“And the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; on your belly you will go, and you will eat dust all the days of thy life: And I will put hatred between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; her seed will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:14-15)
The response of the redeemed is to worship and praise Jehovah the all sufficient self-existing God who has chosen to redeem His chosen men from among those who deserve to die for their sin. The giant of sin, the prince of the air, even Satan himself is not sufficient to hold in death those that believe and trust Him for their salvation and deliverance from sin.
“For the wages of our sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
Charles Wesley wrote these great words;
“And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Savior’s blood? Died He for me, who caused His pain? For me, who Him to death pursued?”
“Amazing love! How can it be that thou, my God, should die for me? ‘Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies! Who can explore His strange design?”
“In vain the firstborn seraph tries to sound the depths of love divine! ‘Tis mercy all! Let earth adore, Let angel minds inquire no more.” “He left His Father’s throne above—So free, so infinite His grace— Humbled Himself in matchless love and bled for Adam’s helpless race; ‘Tis mercy all, immense and free, for, O my God, it found out me!”
“Long my imprisoned spirit lay fast bound in sin and nature’s night; Thine eye diffused a quickening ray, I woke, the dungeon flamed with light; My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.”
“No condemnation now I dread; Jesus, and all in Him, is mine! Alive in Him, my living Head, and clothed in righteousness divine, Bold I approach the eternal throne, and claim the crown, through Christ my own.”
Have you my friend experienced this great work of grace that frees us from the dungeon of sin and puts a song of praise in our hearts and on our lips? It is God’s gift of grace to men who rest on Him alone!