What in your mind does the word "salvation" mean? From what do you want to be saved?
The Hebrew word that we find in Psalm 85:7 means to cause one to be safe. All that which is evil cannot touch those who are saved. That salvation comes fully when Christ returns and we are all taken into the Kingdom of Heaven, and all the seed of the serpent, who are our enemies, will be cast into everlasting torment in the lake of fire!
Take hold of that truth! Read Psalm 85:7 . Here is what we read in it: "Show us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation." Plainly, then, that for which the psalmist prays here (and for which we should also pray) is that Christ will finish His work, and bring us to that place of glory where there is no sin, or sinners who can touch us. In glory we will even be cut off from their sneers and hateful glances.
But, above all, salvation is safety from God's wrath and the punishment which we deserve. That cross of Christ is, then, such a wonderful gift. Not meaning that it is a day for Mass celebration, Christmas is such a wonderful day, reminding us of such a wonderful gift.
Let us, therefore, as we approach the day when we celebrate Christ's birth, keep that precious gift in mind. That gift opens the way for God to work all things together for our good. This birth of Christ opens the door to our right to all the blessings which God's mercy has realized for us.
Pray to God that He will open your eyes wider, so that you will see more clearly and richly His mercy which grants you salvation as a free gift, with everlasting blessedness. Pray too that He may give a more sinless life, so that you will find the fruit of salvation in you, the evidence that Christ was born in our flesh, and by His cross blotted out your guilt. And, on the day when we celebrate His birth, pray for more power to thank Him for His mercy and gift of salvation.
Read: Psalm 85 .
Quote for Reflection:
John Calvin on Hebrews 7:12 - "As the authority of the Law and the priesthood is the same, Christ became not only a priest, but also a Lawgiver; so that the right of Aaron, as well as of Moses, was transferred to him. The sum of the whole is, that the ministry of Moses was not less temporary than that of Aaron; and hence both were annulled by the coming of Christ, for the one could not stand without the other ... We must then remember, that the Law is that part of the ministration which Moses had as peculiarly his own, and different from that of Christ. That law, as it was subordinate to the ancient priesthood, was abolished when the priesthood was abolished."
- Date: 17-December