“I hope for your salvation, O Lord,
and I do your commandments.” Psalm 119.166
Here we have a picture of saving faith. The psalmist hopes in God—not in himself—for salvation. He does not plead his case. He does not list his religious accomplishments. There is no claim to worthiness, no esteem of self, no looking at self whatsoever. He looks to God.
Out of that, out of his rejoicing at the grace he’s been shown, he is committed to obedience. Because he is saved by grace, he devotes himself to doing what God’s Word commands.
This verse should challenge us and encourage us. We have no merit, nothing to give to earn our salvation. Salvation is a free gift of God’s grace. Let us rejoice in that. Let us also be quick to repent of any faith in self. We should also remember that the grace of God—the love he has shown us—should motivate our obedience. He is our Lord and Savior. Let us serve him as Lord!
What ways are you tempted to rely on your own merit for salvation? How often do you rejoice in the immeasurable grace God has shown you in saving you? How does his grace motivate your obedience?
Heavenly Father, we confess that salvation is wholly your work, and we praise you for your grace. Teach us, dear Lord, to delight in your grace. Give us a greater affection for your law—that we might live according to your righteous commands. Amen.