David's reason for trusting God for all his salvation is the fact that it all comes from God. So he states it in Psalm 62:1, in these words: "Truly my soul waits upon God; from Him cometh my salvation."
Surely the most important gift bestowed upon man, since the fall of Adam, is salvation. Rain and sunshine, food and drink, health and life are valuable gifts man receives from God. But these all men receive to a degree in God's providence. Salvation, however, brings us to an everlasting life that contains the richest and most blessed fellowship with God that the creature can enjoy. Salvation makes us children of God; and though we were created a little lower than the angels, we will be closer to God than they are now.
Sad to say, however, we are most of the time interested in earthly things. They come first in our minds rather than the blessings of salvation. And we do not see and use them as means wherewith to serve God. But if we are going to appreciate David's words, we must wait for Christ to bring us to holiness, and to a covenant life of fellowship with God that is higher than Adam knew before he fell.
That salvation is absolutely sure. For note that David calls God his Rock, his salvation, and his defense. As our Rock He is unmovable, and as our defense He is our mighty fortress and high tower. Once again, our versification has it thus:
My soul in silence waits for God,
My Savior He has proved;
He only is my rock and tower:
I never shall be moved.
My honor is secure with God,
My Savior He is known;
My refuge and my rock of strength
Are found in God alone.
Waves of men and evil spirits may assault us. Floods of enemies may sweep over us. But, on waiting God all is well with us. The forces that at attack us will be shattered as the waves of the sea are upon the rocks on the shore. Our salvation is sure, for the almighty, unchangeable God is our rock and our salvation.
on the Heidelberg Catechism
Song for Meditation: Psalter #382
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Quote for Reflection:
… If, therefore, we are disposed to avoid every kind of contentions and fighting, let us learn, first, to moderate many things by gentleness, and next to bear with many things; for they who are excessively severe and ill-tempered carry with them a fire to kindle strife. -- John Calvin
- Date: 2-March