This morning I awoke from the night’s rest with a mind full of “things” to get done. However, as I began my bible reading one of the first scriptures I have standing out to me is Psalms 50:14: “Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving and pay your vows to The Most High.” Then in verse 23 it says, “He who brings an offering of praise and thanksgiving honors and glorifies Me; and he who orders his ways aright to him I will demonstrate the salvation of God.” All of this was giving me a promise I’ve longed for all of my life–“salvation of God”.
Salvation in a simple sense means deliverance. We know that God gives us deliverance from sin and the consequences of it through the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. In so doing all of this for us I’ve always longed for the deep sense of belonging to God, to be loved by God. I’ve truly not understood why this longing seemed so difficult for me to complete. I’ve not understood love from a human standpoint. It has always been something to earn or achieve. God is abundantly wanting me to let this go and begin to understand His Love for me is not earned, it is a GIFT. It is a natural part of Himself to me from the beginning of His creation of me in my mother’s womb.
All of this is helping me see that the desire to serve God is no longer done to earn anything–it is done to Worship and Give Thanks to the very God who gave me salvation. Wow! Isn’t that great?! And, it is true for each of us!