Morning Devotion: Read Psalm 119

Psalms 119:176  ¶I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.

There is a song called “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” The last stanza goes like this: “O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be! Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee. Prone to wander Lord I feel it prone to leave the God I love. Here’s my heart O take and seal it, Seal it for thy courts above.

That is how we often feel. As believers, we pray like David. “I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant.”

Yet, the Lord in His love seeks His own and brings them back to Him.

Ezekiel 34:16  I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick:

Peter was one of those who went astray. He was driven away by his own rejection of Christ in the pretorian hall when Jesus was incarcerated. The Lord sought Peter. Read John chapter 21.

John 21:15  So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16  He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 17  He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

For those who are lost and without Christ He says. Matthew 18:11  For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. 12  How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13  And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. 14  Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Let me say this, once you are saved, you cannot lose that which was given you of God. You cannot lose what you have not earned. Salvation is a free everlasting gift of God.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

It would not be everlasting if you could lose it. And, it does not mean that once you are saved, you can live willy-nilly anyway you wish. God does judge His own. He does correct His own, even though He is longsuffering.

Hebrews 6:4  For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

5  And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

6  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

You see, you cannot crucify Christ again to pay for your sins again. Once you are saved you are saved forever. It is impossible to save you again because you can never lose it in the first place.

My dear Christian friend, if you fall away, be like David and plea to the Lord.

Psalms 119:176  ¶I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook