Psalm 115 & 116: The Saints Of God
Verse of the Day: (116:15) Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
1. The Shield Of God (115:1-18)
O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. (115:9)
God emphasises to Israel and Christians today that all glory is due to Him, and never to man, because He is the Almighty Creator who makes glorious heaven and beautiful earth. Indeed, we are God’s saints saved only by His amazing grace through our faith in Jesus Christ, His Son. However, many times, men choose to make their own gods and idols, and worshiping them, and refuse to acknowledge their Creator. This is why God commands Israel, and all who believe in Him, to repent of their sins and turn to Him. God even commanded the lineage of Aaron, the Levites as well as the priests of the people, the likes of the pastors today, to be exemplary in their testimony so that all will repent their sins, and turn to the true God, their Help and Shield in time of all their troubles and tribulations. Let us thus fear and trust God, our Help and Shield, as we put on His whole armour, especially His Shield of faith, to overcome Satan’s wiles. (Ephesians 6:10-19)
2. The Salvation Of God (116:1-14)
I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. (116:13)
King David of Israel and all who believe and trust in God declare our love to Him, as we call upon and pray to Him, our Salvation and Shield, and He shall hear, deliver and save us from all our troubles, especially His miraculous deliverance of our souls from the devil’s hell to His portals of heaven. Indeed, God is gracious, righteous and merciful, and He shall preserve and protect all who truly believe in Him, humble ourselves before Him, and walk in His way and truth, and for His glory and praise. (John 14:1-7) Let us thus rejoice in God with joy unspeakable and full of glory for His precious salvation and His abundant and bountiful benefits and blessings upon us now and forever. (1 Peter 1:1-12)
3. The Saints Of God (116:15-19)
I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD. (116:17)
How can it be precious in God’s sight the death of His saints? Indeed, it is precious because the saints who died shall have no more sorrow, crying and pain as they are now with God, their Father in His glorious heaven. (Revelation 21:1-7) The reason why we are here on this earth is to worship God, our Creator, and share His gospel that only Jesus can save our souls from hell, and one day, He shall promote us to heaven. (Philippians 1:20-30) Let us thus give thanks to God for His great salvation, and earnestly contending for our faith, fervently keeping ourselves in His love, and faithfully looking for His mercy, as we are His precious saints bound for heaven to be with Him forever. (Jude)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that we are Your precious saints in life and in death.