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April 2 – For The Glory Of God’s Name

“Do not remember against us our former iniquities; let Your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your Name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for Your Name’s sake! Why should the nations say, ‘Where is their God?’ Let the avenging of the outpoured blood of Your servants be known among the nations before our eyes!” Psalm 79:8-10

Devotional Thought For The Day

This week we focus and dwell on the “atonement” for our sins which the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ accomplished for us on the cross. This is all part of the “new covenant” in Christ’s blood: “For by a single offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,’ then He adds, ‘I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.’ Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.” [Heb. 10:14-18] What Christ accomplished in His suffering, death and resurrection, is direct fulfillment of the promise of God, and His answer to the prayer of the psalmist and of all of God’s people of all time.

All of this is based solely in God’s great compassion and love for us. It is precisely as the apostle wrote: “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, Whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” [Tit. 3:3-7] Again, what Christ accomplished in His redeeming work on the cross is direct fulfillment of the promise of God, and His answer to the prayer of the psalmist and all of God’s people of all time.

Of chief concern is the Name of God – His glory. Where He is not known or acknowledged all manner of evil and wickedness prevails, including the godlessness of corrupt religious practices – which deny His mercy, love, compassion, and His gracious forgiveness, redemption, and atonement. This is the deepest darkness on earth. Here there is nothing but grotesque wickedness and violence, and ever increasing burdens and requirements, all of which crush and destroy human beings. Thanks and praise be to God for the great redemption which He has provided for us in His beloved Son Jesus Christ, our dear Savior!

It is not principally for personal pride or vindication that we pray God to “avenge” the blood of all of His dear people who have been victimized and martyred for Christ’s sake.  Rather, it is for the sake of all of humanity, that all may see and know the power and love of God, that they too might come to repentance and faith, and restoration in God’s love, that they may be blessed in the reality that “by a single offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” Yes, we desire their repentance and salvation, even as “God wills all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth” [1 Tim. 2:4], and also that they may truly be among those “who are being sanctified” – that they no longer pour out the blood of God’s dear people.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, we too pray that Your Name be glorified and known among all people everywhere. We thank and praise You for the wondrous blessings You have provided for us by atoning for our sins with a single offering, thus perfecting us forever. We thank You also that You are even now sanctifying us. Make us bold in our witness to Your love, that the nations may also come to know You and glorify You. Amen.