The Chosen’s Joy


The guys were standing at the court ready to get the basketball game going. The two “ballers” earned the respect of all the other players, so they picked their teams. As the selections go by one by one, the dread of the remaining players is evident on their faces. You can see the question looming in their minds ‘Why am I the last one to get picked?’ Almost every one has experienced the alienation of not being selected for something, or maybe you were selected, but you were the least favored person. This negative emotions derives from assuming that one is not worth as much as he/she assumed they were.

Did you know that God has picked His team? Those chosen or picked by God are called the chosen or the elect. These are the people who have and who will give their lives to Christ in order to receive forgiveness, the salvation of their souls. In our text today, we The Chosen’s Joy in response to God keeping His promise. In addition to knowing God, having his Word, assurance of answered promises is another joy of those who know God. We see it today in Psalm 105:42-44.

42 For he remembered his holy promise
given to his servant Abraham.
43 He brought out his people with rejoicing,
his chosen ones with shouts of joy;
44 he gave them the lands of the nations,
and they fell heir to what others had toiled for—

I am sure most of you are familiar enough with Israelite history to know that God promised Abraham to give his descendants “The Promised Land”. This applies both physically and spiritually. The physical land is what is discussed in the psalm. The Abrahamic covenant included the promise that God would make Israel “a great nation” (Gen. 12:2) of which The Chosen are a part.

The Chosen’s Joy, once again, is in the character or person of God. It is joyful that God keeps His promises. Numbers 23:19 tells us “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” We should rejoice knowing that there is a promise for every circumstance or event in our lives. It is our responsibility to delve deeply in the Word to discover our God, our joy. Got problems? Find a promise and experience The Chosen’s Joy.

 

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