One truth that we should hold on to tightly is the teaching of Scripture that all of our salvation comes from God. We do not earn the smallest part of it. We get not one blessing by fulfilling a condition. In fact the very desire for salvation is God’s gift to us, and we owe Him thanks for that. As surely as physical birth does not come to us because we asked for it, so surely being born again is due to God’s desire for it and not ours.
God Himself through the psalmist states that clearly in Psalm 119:88 where we read: “Quicken me after thy loving-kindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.”
Notice that the psalmist, who had cruel and crafty foes that had “almost consumed” him, prays God to quicken him, so that he may remain faithful to God, and not forsake God’s law to get the enemies off his back. God must strengthen him and give him the desire to keep His testi¬monies. As he himself confesses, he will keep God’s com¬mandments ONLY if God quickens him. For he has enemies inside himself as well as outside and all around him. He has his old man of sin and Satan inside, as well as Satan’s servants outside and round about him. These strive to draw him away from God’s law. Listen to the versification of his words:
Almost consumed, yet from Thy law
I have not turned away;
In loving-kindness give me strength,
That I may still obey.
Boast about what we did through our strength, and we reveal that we are not keeping God’s precepts. For He forbids us to have a god besides Him. And if we get blessings because we fulfilled conditions, we saved God from disappointment; and then He depends upon us. Only if He quickens us will we keep His commandments
Let us be careful not to elevate ourselves above Him; but rather thank Him for giving us every bit of our salvation through His Son and His Spirit. We cannot even say sincerely that He quickened us, until He gives us the desire and strength to do so. It is His mercy in Christ and not our self-manufactured piety that saves us.
Read: Ephesians 2
Psalter versification: 331:4
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.