From Pastor’s Desk: 6-12-16
Psalm 118:14 The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
The salvation process (yes, I said process) necessitates “saving” over and over. Certainly not discounting the initial saving of a soul, but beyond that, in the life that ensues, we are in need of a Savior again and again. It is within that process that we are to work out our own salvation, as Paul says in Philippians 2:12. We are to separate ourselves from the world (2 Cor. 6:17) to the extent that we will be an influence on others rather than the reverse. We are admonished to love the Lord with everything within us (Deuteronomy 6:5, Matthew 22:37 +).
The salvation process also must constitute a life of faith which leaves no room for fretting (worrying) over “stuff” encountered in life (Psalm 37, Philippians 4:6), for “…without faith it is impossible to please God…” Hebrews 11:6). Only in living by faith do we become more entrenched in the knowledge that God IS our salvation.
Family Bible Notes says, “God is the source of defense and of joy to his people, and will not disappoint any who put their trust in him.”
So it is in this process of and toward ultimate salvation that God becomes, repeatedly, our salvation. Countless times during any given day we need “saved” from this, that, or the other, some of which we are never aware of. It is in those times, seen or unseen, that God is our strength, our song, and proven Himself to be our salvation.