The Chosen’s Joy II

In the post The Chosen’s Joy, the elect or those chosen by God to know Him and experience salvation was presented. The Chosen’s Joy is knowing that God has made promises to them and that God keeps His promises. In 2 Corinthians 1:20, we learn that “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” There are promises in which the The Chosen are entitled to recall to God in order to bring glory to God as He responds to their call and cry for help/aid.

Let’s see what the psalmist has to say about this principle and fact.

Psalm 106:4-5
Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people,
come to my aid when you save them,
that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones,
that I may share in the joy of your nation
and join your inheritance in giving praise.

It is clear that the psalmist is completely convinced that God will help/aid His chosen people. The difference here is that the psalmist does not include himself as a part of The Chosen. As such, the psalmist asks (prays) God to allow him to embrace and experience the joy of God’s blessing reserved for The Chosen. I am not sure if any of us really understand the position of strength the people of God, The Chosen, really have. In this verse, favor is defined as pleasure, delight, favour, goodwill, acceptance, will. It is clear the psalmist understood that The Chosen will experience the favor of God especially in salvation of the soul.

Matthew Henry described it as such: “Afford me (says Dr. Hammond) that pardon and that grace which I stand in need of, and can hope for from none but thee.” Let that salvation be my portion for ever, and the pledges of it my present comfort. 3. He has an eye to the blessedness of the righteous, as that which includes all good (Ps. 106:5): “That I may see the good of thy chosen and be as happy as the saints are; and happier I do not desire to be.” God’s people are here called his chosen, his nation, his inheritance; for he has set them apart for himself, incorporated them under his own government, is served by them and glorified in them. The chosen people of God have a good which is peculiar to them, which is the matter both of their gladness and of their glorying, which is their pleasure, and their praise. God’s people have reason to be a cheerful people, and to boast in their God all the day long; and those who have that gladness, that glory, need not envy any of the children of men their pleasure or pride. The gladness of God’s nation, and the glory of his inheritance, are enough to satisfy any man; for they have everlasting joy and glory at the end of them.”

The essence of The Chosen’s Joy II is that their souls have been saved from eternal damnation. They can rest in the fact that they will eternally be united with God not experiencing the eternal separation from God because of Christ’s sacrifice. Moreover, John 17:3 tells us “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” Eternal life does not begin when we die physically; it begins when we die spiritually – when we yield our wills to the Almighty God’s. Eternal life is not a place; it is knowing God and Jesus Christ whom He sent. Knowing God is The Chosen’s Joy II.

If you want to embrace and experience joy, you must have eternal life. In order to do so, Jesus tell us “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3 If you aren’t sure how to be born again, read the rest of John 3 or ask me.


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