O offspring of . . . Abraham . . . his chosen ones. (Psalm 105:6)
Psalm 105 retells the history of Israel—their bondage in Egypt, their miraculous deliverance in the Exodus, and finally their ultimate possession of the Promised Land. So “call on his name, make known his deeds,” the psalmist proclaims (v. 1), for God is guiding his people to victory. “Sing praises to him,” he urges (v. 2), and be glad, he cries. But above all, remember, remember, remember . . . for you are a chosen people, you are descendants of Abraham (see v. 6).
In Genesis 12:1-3, we read of the covenant God made with Abraham. This covenant, promising blessing from a God who greatly loves, will last from generation to generation. From Abraham through Isaac, then Jacob, then Israel, God’s intention was to create a people and then use them to bless the world. Through Jesus Christ he chooses and uses us for the same blessing. When we believe in Christ we are made right with God (Romans 3:23-25). And in accordance with God’s promises, we become Abraham’s offspring (Romans 4:13-16). Through faith in Jesus Christ, we have been chosen to bless a watchful, expectant and hope-starved world.
Never forget it. In Christ you are a descendant of Abraham, an heir to the promise, blessed to be a blessing!
Lord, thank you for choosing and using us in your magnificent plan.