Morning devotion: Read Psalm 119

Psalms 119:153  ¶RESH. Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law. 154  Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.

One of the most wonderful blessings of God is His willingness to act on the believer’s behalf.

The Lord has been the arbitrator since man was formed. He gave Adam and Eve the promise of arbitration in Genesis 3:15 when He prophesied of Jesus our mediator.  “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

He was the arbitrator in the case of Noah and the ark. Ha commanded Noah to build an ark. Noah did so for 120 years.  All the while he was preaching righteousness and salvation. No one listened.

He was the arbitrator for Abraham when he showed Him the gospel in the stars. He was the arbitrator when Melchizedek blessed him in Genesis 14.

He was the arbitrator for Israel when he sent Moses to Egypt and to Pharaoh on their behalf. He was their arbitrator/mediator when he sent them the promise of deliverance and that they should mark their door post in belief of that promise.

Not only was he the arbitrator, He was the facilitator when he sent a pillar of fire and smoke to protect Israel when he divided the Red see and made a way for their escape. In that event he destroyed all of Egypt’s army.

He was the arbitrator, mediator and facilitator when David trusted him to slay Goliath the giant. David went to fight in the name of the Lord, trusting in God.

1 Samuel 17:45  Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

46  This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

47  And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands.

The bible is replete with the Lord working on the behalf of His believers. We can think of Peter and Paul and Silas and how God delivered them from prison on two separate occasions.

When we think of arbitration and mediation, we think of Jesus whom God sent for us and our deliverance.

Everybody needs and arbitrator at some time in their life. Kids often cry to their Mothers for mediation when they argue. Some people use the law for mediation. Jesus is our mediator, or arbitrator.

1 Timothy 2:5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

There is no other mediator between God and man. No other person who can go to God on your behalf. No, my friend, Mary is not a mediator. No where in the bible is Mary declared a mediator. Only Jesus can do such. Just because Mary asked Jesus to make grape juice and the wedding of Canna does not mean she asks Jesus to save you. Be very careful who you consider as your mediator. One will save you and one will condemn you.

1 Timothy 2:5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

David prayed to the one and only mediator God. Psalms 119:153  ¶RESH. Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law. 154  Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.

As David trusted the Lord and His word, so can you.

Yes, my friend, Jesus is God and He is our mediator. Galatians 3:20  Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.

God the Father sent God the Son to die on calvary’s cross for your salvation. He promised and facilitated and completed everything needed to be done for your salvation. All you have to do is turn from wickedness and trust Jesus, the mediator, to save you.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Believe on the word of God and you will be led in truth.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook