Morning Devotion: Read Psalm 119

Psalms 119:166  ¶LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.

What a wonderful thing to experience salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. All our hope is secure in God through Jesus Christ our Lord. David trusted the Lord only for his salvation. His desire after was to fulfill the word of God, live for God. Do you live for God?

He knew that to trust in self would be disastrous; his trust was in the Lord.

In salvation and in life there are two steps, trust in the Lord exclusively and do right. If you did the first without the second you would presume upon the Lord, to do the second you would have religion. Neither are pleasing to God.

James 2:17  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

David was not that type of person who say they are saved and live like the devil, nor was he that one who would live the religious life in formalism never really knowing if he did enough for salvation.

There are several types of people in this world: 1. Those who are saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and know it.  2. Those who are not saved and know it. 3. Those who think they are saved and are not.

Jesus said: John 10:26  But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30  I and my Father are one.

David’s hope was not that type of hope that had doubt, but a realistic hope knowing full well that God is God. He was confident in the Lord and His salvation.

Hebrews 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Hebrews 11:1  ¶Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

You see, it was not a hope that maybe salvation would happen or maybe he would go to heaven, no, it was a know so hope.

John writes: 1 John 5:12  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

That type of hope causes us to do right. A know so salvation will cause us to do right.

1 John 3:3  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Never get the cart before the horse or you will have a religious experience of formalism and good works never achieving salvation.

Ephesians 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Titus 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

David was saved and hoped in that settled perfect promise and it caused him to do the word of God.

Psalms 119:166  ¶LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook