Blessed is the man You choose, And cause to approach You, That he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Of Your holy temple. – Psalm 65:4
In reading through the Psalms last night, the above verse jumped out at me and brought me to marvel at the grace of God, who chose me – a wicked, rebellious, undeserving, idolatrous, pitifully poor soul – and caused me to come to Him.
Oh how marvelous the grace of God that He would give me a new heart that would free me of my enslaved will to delightfully choose Christ. How marvelous it is to think that God loved me so much that He did the impossible by giving me eyes to see and ears to hear the glorious Gospel of Christ, and granted me faith and repentance to come to the foot of the cross!
Praise God for His amazing grace, for without it, I would still be dead in my sin and would have never approached Him through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Knowing of God’s unconditional election and irresistible grace should give us, as David, joy inexpressible and great cause to praise our gracious King.
Now, enjoy the words of Charles Spurgeon as he comments on the passage in Treasury of David:
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee.
After cleansing comes benediction, and truly this is a very rich one. It comprehends both election, effectual calling, access, acceptance, and sonship.
First, we are chosen of God, according to the good pleasure of his will, and this alone is blessedness. Then, since we cannot and will not come to God of ourselves, he works graciously in us, and attracts us powerfully; he subdues our unwillingness, and removes our inability by the almighty workings of his transforming grace. This also is no slight blessedness.
Furthermore, we, by his divine drawings, are made nigh by the blood of his Son, and brought near by his spirit, into intimate fellowship; so that we have access with boldness, and are no longer as those who are afar off by wicked works: here also is unrivalled blessedness.
To crown all, we do not come nigh in peril of dire destruction, as Nadab and Abihu did, but we approach as chosen and accepted ones, to become dwellers in the divine household: this is heaped up blessedness, vast beyond conception. But dwelling in the house we are treated as sons, for the servant abideth not in the house for ever, but the son abideth ever.
Behold what manner of love and blessedness the Father has bestowed upon us that we may dwell in his house, and go no more out for ever. Happy men who dwell at home with God. May both writer and reader be such men. That he may dwell in thy courts. Acceptance leads to abiding: God does not make a temporary choice, or give and take; his gifts and calling are without repentance. He who is once admitted to God’s courts shall inhabit them for ever; he shall be
“No more a stranger or a guest,
But like a child at home.”
Permanence gives preciousness. Terminating blessings are but half blessings. To dwell in the courts of the Great King is to be ennobled; to dwell there for ever is to be emparadised: yet such is the portion of every man whom God has chosen and caused to approach unto him, though once his iniquities prevailed against him.
Hallelujah! If you know not this amazing grace, perhaps beginning here will lead you to it.
For further reading, please see 68 Reasons Why God Sovereignly Saves.