On Mars Hill the apostle Paul stated the profound truth that in God we live and move and have all our being. That is true of every creature that lives and moves, but also of the inanimate creatures. They also have all their being in God.
Although there are those who deny that all our spiritual living, moving, and being is in God, so it surely is. We do nothing spiritually good unless God gives us a new life with its strength. God does not invite spiritually dead men to "accept" Christ. A dead tree cannot bring forth fruit, and a spiritually dead person cannot want salvation.
Listen to what David says in Psalm 61:7, 8: "He shall abide before God forever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him. So will I sing praise unto Thy name forever, that I may daily perform my vows."
David had prophetically spoken of Christ, Who in the line of David's descendants would become the everlasting King. And it is in God's mercy and truth in Christ that we receive life, strength, and spiritual existence, so that we not only vow but keep the vows of praising God's name.
Praise is important. God said in Isaiah 43:21, "This people have I formed for Myself; they shall show forth My praise." We were made and saved so that God may be praised. And it all is God's work upon us. He does not foolishly wait for dead men to decide whether they want to be saved.
If there is anything about which we ought to praise God it is that our salvation is one hundred percent His work in us. From the desire for it to the full enjoyment in the new Jerusalem, it is God's work that gives us all this. He makes us sing with joy in our souls:
Before Thy face shall I abide;
O God Thy truth and grace provide
To guard me in the way;
So will I make Thy praises known,
And humbly bending at Thy throne,
My vows will daily pay.
Praise Him then as the one in Whom you live and move and have all your spiritual being.
Read: Ephesians 2
Psalter versification: 159:4
(Words and Music of the Psalter)
Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism
Song for Meditation: Psalter number 187
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Through the Bible in One Year
Jeremiah 14:11-22 ; Jeremiah 15 ; Jeremiah 16:1-15
1 Thessalonians 2:9-20 ; 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13
Quote for Reflection:
… In heaven alone is known the number of times God’s people have turned to God’s Word in all the sorrows and sufferings and have found peace. Scripture is the cooling fountain of an oasis in the desert of this life, from which God’s people have drunk deeply and longingly to quench their parched souls.
The words of Theodore Beza to the Duke of Guise, though referring to Christ’s church, can be applied to the senseless and wicked attacks on Scripture by the higher critics: “Sire, I would have you know that it is an anvil which has worn out many an hammer.” -H. Hanko – June 2006 SB