9/15 - "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless
His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His
benefits." (Psalm 103:1-2 - ES V) We know that God blesses us each
day with undeserved gifts. And we are grateful - and give thanks for
them. But how often do we follow the last phrase of this Reading?
- "Why then the Law? It was added because of transgressions." (Gal.
3:19a - ESV) We
know the Gospel is a gift from God, but what about the Law? That too
is a gift from God - a gift that shows us our sins and helps us to
understand and appreciate the Gospel even more!
- "When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a
woman, born under the Law, to redeem those who were under the Law."
(Gal. 4:4-5a - ESV) We were all born "under the Law" and because we
could not keep that Law perfectly, as God demands, we were doomed to
eternal damnation. But God's love found a way to save us - by sending
His own Son to take our place under the Law and pay for all of our
sins by His suffering and death.
9/18 - "(Now)
if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So
then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's." (Rom. 14:8
- ESV) Only Christians have
this promise and comfort. No matter what, we belong to the Lord! Oh,
join the Psalmist in Monday's Reading and "Bless the Lord."
- "The Word of the Cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us
who are being saved, it is the power of God." (I Cor. 1:18 - ESV) God's Law is important, but the Gospel is what saves us since it is
nothing less than the power of God Himself. Would to God that all of
His human creatures would believe this. For us who are being saved,
"forget not all His benefits".