Why is the gospel of Jesus Christ such good news? Why should it be taken to heart? And why must we tell others this good news?
Titus is told to declare to believers the grace of God – past, present and future – in order to promote genuine and distinctive Christian living. God’s grace, in the Lord Jesus Christ, saves, sanctifies, and glorifies His people. Thus God’s grace gives us the reason and the means for living godly lives whilst waiting for the return of our great Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Psalm 96 is a call to worship the LORD – because He is great and greatly to be praise. It calls all God’s people to worship Him in enthusiastic song, to the praise of His glory, with reverence and fear, and with joy and confident trust as we eagerly wait His return.
But the psalm also exhorts God’s people to continually call unbelievers, all people in every land, to join us in worshiping our great God because He is, in His very essence, beautiful and glorious and praiseworthy.
The meeting which Zacchaeus has with the Lord Jesus is a beautiful demonstration of the fact that ‘what is impossible for man, is possible for God’ — Jesus Christ gives eternal life. The account illustrates both His grace and His power in salvation, and the transformation that takes place at conversion.
This exuberant psalm calls for worship appropriate for our great God who is above all gods: we are to worship with happy thanksgiving, with humble reverence, and with hearty obedience. Psalm 95 measures the health of our heart and exposes whether our worship is genuine and pleasing to God, or vain and bogus.