“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.” (Psalm67:1–2)
God’s saving power is for all people. Redemption is universal, available to all who will respond to the gospel in repentance and faith. All nations should hear of God’s way of salvation.
He is gracious and makes His face shine on His people. Revived and blessed, His people then become the agents to carry the gospel to all. We need constant spiritual renewal in order to carry the gospel to all people, and with renewed strength to take the gospel to all nations. For this in not only the gospel of salvation, but is also the Word of redemption to all nations.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, this is most assuredly the Word of God which brings us salvation, but is also the Word of God, that also ushers in redemption for all nations. It is in this, that we pray that all people will receive and honor our relationship we have with You. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Without the hard times, the good times seem even better.”
“Therefore strong peoples will honor you; cities of ruthless nations will revere you. All nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed.” (Israel 25:3)
When the gospel is proclaimed, even strong and ruthless people are brought to surrender and to believe, thus fearing the Lord. The glorious salvation of God completely transforms lives.
Chapter 25 is the devastating judgments of God on the earth which would deliver Zion to the reign of God. So it is a psalm of thanks for the deliverance, with eschatological (end times) statements of great encouragement for those who lay claim on God. Praise will be the program at the heavenly banquet. Prayer is based on a deeply personal relationship with “my God.”
“The Lord will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of he earth will see he salvation of our God.” (Isaiah52:10)
As God reveals His acts and people come to realize who He is and what He does, they cry out to God for salvation. Evangelism, therefore, is to share the mighty acts of God in redemption that all the ends of the earth will see and turn to Him. For the prophets audience, God’s great act was the return from Exile. For Christians, it is Christ’s ministry, death, and resurrection, bringing us all salvation.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people. A light for revelation to the gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” (Luke 2:30)
“Savior” )Greek -soter) applied to Jesus is an extension of the Old Testament idea of God saving and delivering His people. Salvation applies to all areas of life —- physical, psychic, and spiritual. The verb “save” is often used in conjunction with Jesus’ acts on behalf of human kind. God is acknowledged as Savior often in the New Testament.
To call Jesus is Savior is to relate Him to God. Jesus is only called Savior in the Synoptic Gospels; once in Luke 4:42, once 1st John 4:414, and twice in Acts 5:31, and once in 13:33. The other references are in the Pauline works and 2nd Peter. As Savior, Jesus is the Christ or Messiah.