Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,
says Yahweh of Hosts. Zechariah 4:6
Lift up your heads, O gates, and be lifted up, O ancient doors,
That the King of Glory may come in! Who is this King of Glory?
Yahweh of Hosts: He is the King of Glory. Psalm 24:9-10
"Save me, for I am yours;
I have sought out your precepts."
What a high and honorable character is stamped upon the lowliest believer! He is the Savior's inalienable property, his portion, the work of his hand, the purchase of his blood, and the triumph of his conquering love. He is given to Christ by his Father, preserved in Christ, and called. The evidence of his character is found in seeking the Lord's precepts. Whom we serve will prove whose we are--"You are that one's slaves whom you obey." "But know that Yahweh has set apart for himself him who is godly." "The carnal mind is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God"--they cannot seek the Lord's precepts. Therefore, the visible stamp and seal of the Lord's interest in us is a new and spiritual bias.
It is true that our Divine Savior can never be robbed of his property. His people are saved in him and beyond the reach of earth and hell to touch them. Yet they are still sinners, with every day's provocations adding to their sinfulness. Therefore, from day to day fresh power, fresh keeping, and above all fresh cleansing and acceptance is needed. But consider what a powerful plea for mercy we may draw from the Lord's interest in us! Will not a man be careful of his children, his treasure, his jewels?
Such am I. Your sovereign love has bought me. Save me, for I am yours. You have saved me and delivered my soul from death, and will you not deliver my feet from falling? Save me from the love of sin, from the daily guilt and power of sin, from the treachery of my own foolish heart. Save me from all this and all besides that you see ensnaring to my soul. If I am not yours, then where does this desire and endeavor to seek your precepts come from? What do my privileged moments of communion with you mean if I am not yours? Why do I still desire to be conformed to your image if I do not belong to you? Lord, I would humbly bring before you your own act, your free and sovereign act, that made me yours. Save me, because you have given salvation to me and sealed me as your own. I need your mercy not only to begin my walk, but to accompany me on the way and abide with me forever. Save me, for I am yours.
And what irresistible energy does it give to our pleading when we realize that this was the sole purpose that brought down the Son of God from Heaven! "For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. This is the will of the Father who sent me, that of all he has given me I should lose nothing" (John 6:38, 39). At the conclusion of Christ's work he was able to testify, "Those whom you gave me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition."
But some cry for salvation who neglect duty and therefore make an empty plea. Yet we can make our interest good by seeking his precepts. If this is the way in which we love to walk, then let us not stop entreating God until our hearts listen to the voice of love. Let every blessing of creation, redemption, and heavenly calling be centered in the privilege of adoption--"Thus says Yahweh, who created you, O Jacob, and he who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine." "You are my servant; O Israel, you will not be forgotten by me. I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, and like a cloud, your sins."
God will have regard to your plea and hear your prayer, "Save me, for I am yours."
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