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The Appointed Psalm from the Daily Lectionary is Psalm 138.  The last two verses are:

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
    you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
    and your right hand delivers me.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
    your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
    Do not forsake the work of your hands.

 “The outcome of salvation is a life of trust and prayer. Life with all its uncertainties and dangers goes on for the redeemed;  God’s salvation gives them reason to hope that what God has begun with them He will surely bring to completion. “I am sure that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion” (Philippians 1: 6) from Prof. James Luther May’s commentary, Interpretation:  Psalms.

Notice in these verses who drives the verbs for David: “You preserve my life”, “You stretch out Your hand”, “Your steadfast love…”.  Salvation is of the Lord. It is not David who drives the verbs of salvation!  David knew when he himself purposed what he wanted and the results as in his adulterous affair with Bathsheba.   David’s purpose is the Lord’s purpose, His good work.  The Lord’s good work would finally and fully be David’s Son according the flesh,  Jesus Christ, gratis, for the thanks because of His grace in forgiving you.  Jesus Christ is the good work of salvation.  The work of His hands is our creation, our redemption and our sanctification.  

And because of (God)you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption. (1 Cor. 1: 30)

The Lord’s steadfast love alone steadies us.

 

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