So completely do we depend upon God for our salvation, that we receive not one part of it that did not come from God, and was given us because He wanted us to have it. As surely as every heartbeat comes from Him, as surely as all our sunshine comes from Him, so every aspect and phase of our salvation comes from God as a free gift.
In Psalm 36:9, which we considered briefly yesterday, David wrote: “For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.” That last clause surely presents an awesome and wonderful truth. In God’s light we see light. If God does not turn on the light, we are not going to see any of the works of salvation which He performed for us in His Son, and in us by His Son’s Spirit. The cross will mean nothing to us. We will not really know what a blessing is but will continue to call the things lying under the curse blessings. The works of darkness we will call beautiful. Worldly fools we will call wise.
Having caused us to be born again God also enlightens us and makes us see His work for us in Christ, understand it, and call it beautiful. In God’s light we shall see what spiritually is light and not darkness. We shall see Christ as “the light to lighten the Gentiles” (Luke 2:32). Then we will sing:
Lord to me Thy ways make known,
Guide in truth and teach Thou me;
Thou my Savior art alone,
All the day I wait for Thee.
We need life; but we also need instruction. We must be spiritually alive; but we must also receive spiritual en-lightenment. We are saved by grace; but we are saved in order to be able to serve God and praise and magnify His name. It is good that we have been saved; but we are saved in order to do good and must be called away from our un-belief and evil works.
Therefore we must see God as God, but also as our Savior. We must see Christ and the truth that is in Him. The new life we received must be activated. With spiritual light shining in our souls we shall walk in the light and re-veal ourselves as children of light.
Read: Psalm 25
Psalter versification: 67: 1
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.