God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 5

JESUS MAKES YOU QUALIFIED FOR FAVOR

For You, Lord, bless the righteous one.  You surround him with favor like a shield.  (Psalm 5:12)

God’s Word says He delights in showing favor to those who are righteous, and He is always true to His Word.  Yet, both the Bible and life itself show plainly that “no one is righteous, not even one.” (Romans 3:10)

But Jesus changes everything.

If you are in Christ, then you are qualified to receive all of the inheritance He deserves!  He is not just a good teacher or great example, He is “Jesus Christ the righteous one.” (1 John 2:1)

That means that if you’re in Christ, God sees you as righteous, too, and what does He love to give to the righteous?

Favor.

Don’t look at your own merit today to try and determine if you’re worthy of God’s help.  Look to Jesus, and let hope fill your heart as you meditate on this life-changing truth: Jesus makes you qualified for favor.

-Pastor Phillip


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A PRAYER OF RESPONSE

Lord Jesus, thank you that You have qualified me to receive favor from you through your finished work on the cross.  Thank you for making it available to me, and now I ask you to help me position myself to receive all you have prepared for me.

Help me make wise choices that prepare my heart to respond to your leading and my hands to receive more of your love.

Strengthen my character by whatever means necessary so I may be a good steward of all you desire to entrust me with.

Sharpen my spiritual sight to see clearly the purpose you have for me, and above all else, I ask this.  Help me keep  my eyes fixed firmly not on the gifts, but the giver, and keep my desire always for your glory above all else.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.