BCL Grow: Your Savior — Psalm 40:1-2

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Psalm 40:1-2 (Redemption)

Bible Passage

I waited patiently for the LORD;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.— Psalm 40:1-2

Quote

“The deliverance is from beginning to end the work of the Lord.… God’s deliverance radically changes the situation so that the psalmist sings a new song and leads others to put their trust in God.” — Richard P. Belcher, Jr., The Messiah and the Psalms: Preaching Christ from all the Psalms, p. 173.

Steps to Take

1. Reflect: How much of salvation is God’s work? How much is our own work? Who is mighty enough to save fallen, sinful, and spiritually dead people?

2. Consider: Throughout Scripture unredeemed humankind is shown to be opposed to God—even an enemy of God (Rom. 5:10), hostile to him (Rom 8:7), and spiritually dead (Eph. 2:1). It is God who gives life to dead sinners by regenerating them through his Word and Spirit (Eph. 1:13). It is God alone who saves.

3. Remember: If you believe God’s good news, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, remember the work of God in your life with gratitude and praise him for all his mighty works. Give thanks to him who has made you alive in Christ Jesus and has redeemed you from the pit of destruction. It is God who has set your feet on solid rock—the rock of salvation, Christ Jesus, your Savior.

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