May 10, 2010

The Source of Salvation

Psalm 37:34-40

The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
Psalm 37:39


Every person wants a life that is rich, full, abundant, and free. These good things satisfy the deepest longings of our heart. We receive these gifts by focusing on our creator God. Augustine, an early church leader, wrote these words to God: “Our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.” Our inner peace comes when we turn our life over to God, who made us.

We yearn for a special relationship with God, but it can be hard for us to rest in him. We don’t see God; we don’t hear him or talk with him the way we do with people around us. Our relationship with God is different from every other relationship in life. God is unique.

How do I find and focus on God? Where do I get faith in God? What makes me feel that God and I belong together? Thankfully, knowing God is a gift from him. He reveals himself freely. David discovered that and wrote about it in Psalm 37.

You want the great life with God? Just ask for it. Jesus said, “Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete” (John 16:24). God wants us to ask for all kinds of things like this that are within his will for us (see 1 John 5:14). Ask God to make himself known to you. He did that already when his Son, Jesus, died for you. This is the time for a right relationship with God!

How desperately I want a rich and right relationship with you, dear God. Thank you for giving it as a gift through the death and resurrection of your son, Jesus. Amen.

About the author — Jack Gray

Jack Gray recently retired after forty years as a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church. During that time he served seven churches from coast to coast in the United States. He and his wife, Wanda, have four sons and three grandchildren. They also have ministered to 44 foster children. This month’s devotions are inspired by his reflections on time at this transition in his life.

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