The Character of God; September 6, 2019


Psalm 106:47 Save us, O Lord our God,
and gather us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
and glory in your praise.

This whole Psalm is an extended confession of the sins of the Jewish nation. It is honest to the point of being blunt, which I think God appreciates, since He can’t be surprised by anything. Right at the end, the Psalmist gets around to this prayer. There is no pride in it at all, which is why God has been pleased to answer it. God has indeed gathered the Jews from the nations and created one of the most vibrant countries in the world, and the only full democracy in the Middle East. However, many of the Jews are secular, and still few acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah for whom they have prayed. God isn’t through with Israel by any means, and as Paul wrote to the Romans, there is yet going to be a huge harvest.

I haven’t done all that the Jews did, but I have certainly done things that, had I been making the rules, would have disqualified me. I am to proclaim that God is a God of grace, righteousness, and holiness, and none of those aspects are to be overlooked. Throughout the history of the Church there have been some who have focused on one aspect or another, thereby slighting the others. Today we have the “hyper-grace movement,” and it too is a sad deviation. Grace means nothing if there are no rules! I am to believe and teach the whole Word of God, not putting Him into any sort of box, so that His Word may be fulfilled in and through me.

Father, thank You for the nation of Israel as a demonstration of Your character. Thank You that I was born the same year as the current state of Israel! May Israel, and I, be increasingly obedient to You in every area, so that the works of the devil be destroyed and You alone glorified. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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