Did you ever hear of a dead man asking for something? Before he dies he may have chosen where he would be buried, and in what type of coffin. But after he died, he could not ask for a drink of water, ask to be brought back to life, or for that matter for anything of any person here below. And so it is with all of us who by nature were born spiritually dead. We cannot ask to be chosen, to be those God would save from their sins and bring to heavenly glory. Dead men do nothing.
God, however, chose some whom He would save, and to whom He would give spiritual life. The psalmist wrote of this in Psalm 33:12 in these words, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” He chose us. We did not choose Him. By nature, being spiritually dead, we can only do what Adam and Eve did. We can choose to follow Satan in his lie and seek to satisfy our sinful flesh. But God chose to change us and to make us members of a nation that bows before Him and worships Him as their God.
Sing it then with the psalmist in our versification of his words:
O truly is that nation blest
Whose God before the world confessed
Jehovah is alone;
And blest the people is whom He
Has made His heritage to be,
And chosen for His own.
Here in the Psalms we read of the truth of predestina¬tion, the truth that God eternally chose some to make them spiritually alive, and as a kingdom or nation that loves and glorifies Him.
Surely we owe God everlasting thanks; and He owes us absolutely nothing. Keep that in mind all day. Give Him all the glory due unto His name. Confess Him to be the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the one Who planned all things and worked them out exactly according to that plan.
Do we not read in Ephesians 1:4 that we were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world? Surely we owe God endless thanks.
Read: Psalm 33
Psalter versification: 86:3
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.