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Prayer for Salvation and Blessing

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“Save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance” (Psalm 28:9a).

Rev. E. Hakvoort, Norwich, ON

At the beginning of a new year it is customary that we wish one another the blessing of the Lord. In the Netherlands we always said: veel heil en zegen toegewenst. Such a wish contains a desire for salvation and blessing. That is exactly what David is asking for in this last verse of Psalm 28, and that is such a wonder, for David wrote this psalm when he fled from his own son Absalom. He, whose name means father of peace, became a son of rebellion. There was no other option for David than to flee because the hearts of the men of Israel went after Absalom.

If David would not have seen the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, he would have fainted and would have become like them that go down into the pit. Therefore, he cried unto the Lord as an unworthy and dependent sinner if it would please Him to hear the voice of his supplication. In his oppression it was given unto David not to clench his fists but to fold his hands humbly and to cry unto God in all his needs for salvation.

He asked if it would please the Lord to save His people. Did you notice that David did not ask only for himself but for all God’s people, for the inheritance of the Lord? Grace moves a person to have concern for others. They are the elect of the Father from all eternity. In the silence of eternity He had given them unto Christ, and Christ received them from His Father to purchase them with the price of His precious blood. In eternal love towards His Father and towards His people, He humbled Himself in the fullness of time to redeem them.


Did you notice that David did not ask onlyfor himself butfor all God’s people, for the inheritance of the Lord? Grace moves a person to have concern for others.


They are bought with the price of His precious blood, and now it is so necessary that they will be delivered from their sins in the time of God’s good pleasure. When David asks, “Save Thy people,” he asks if it would please the Lord to apply that finished work of Christ in the conversion of unconverted people, and the Lord always makes room for this salvation. In which way? In the way that sinners who are, by nature, dead in trespasses and sins receive knowledge of God and of themselves—in the way that He reproves of sin, righteousness, and justice and makes room for the only foundation of salvation which is in Christ.

Oh, may it be, or become, our prayer that this year may be the year of God’s good pleasure in our life—that it may become our prayer, “Save Thy people,” a people who cannot save themselves anymore. “Save Thy people,” a people who experience, “the cords of death held me in deep despair,” and who cry out, “deliver Thou my soul, O Lord!” “Save Thy people,” to open their eyes for Christ and to make known unto them Thy salvation. That will happen when a sinner may own his sins and may agree with God’s just justice. There, Christ will be revealed from behind His justice to appear in their life: “Here I am; I am thy salvation.” With the shepherds and the wise men from the East, they may bow down before Him and humbly receive His blessing.

That is also what David is asking for when he says, “and bless Thine inheritance.” God’s children are the inheritance of Christ. He has asked for them and received them from His Father: “Ask of Me, and I shall give Thee the heathen for Thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession.” Is it not a wonder of free grace that people who have learned to own the curse of the law may receive His blessing? What is a real blessing? A real blessing is when the Lord comes over to sanctify unto our heart all the callings which come unto us in nature and Scripture. A real blessing is when He reveals His love unto an undone sinner.

At such a time, even adversity can be a blessing because it brings us before the countenance of the Lord. A real blessing is when we may receive more and more knowledge of Christ who bore the curse of the law. Such a blessing will rejoice the heart. On this side of the grave these blessings are only experienced in the beginning and at times, but one day He will receive His people into glory to grant them the eternal blessing of full salvation.

Beloved friend, do we know anything about this salvation and this blessing of the Lord? His lovingkindness is better than life. May it be our prayer at the beginning of this Year of our Lord 2014: “Save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance.” Bless Thy word unto our heart. Wilt Thou feed Thy flock, also, and may the realm of Satan be destroyed more and more, until the full perfection of Thy kingdom takes place wherein Thou shalt be all in all.

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