My attention was drawn for the first time to David's wording here in the 51st psalm. "Restore to me the joy of YOUR salvation." It is a reminder that there is a sense in which it is not our salvation but it is provided for our benefit to be experienced for the sake of the One whose possessions we are. "We are not our own we are bought with a price" Paul writes in to the Corinthians.. We willingly seek to give up our right to ourselves over and over again, as doulos love slaves, to the One who created and redeemed us through the blood of the Son. What characterizes the doulos is the joining of his or her will to the will of the master. But since we are not our own, neither do we bear the ultimate responsibility for ourselves, our Master is responsible for us and for what becomes of us and there is such relief in that! But David also declares in Psalm 27 "The Lord is my light and MY salvation..." Is this a contradiction? No, one balances the other, because we are still responsible to work out salvation by applying it and sharing it, and acting it out according to Paul again in the second chapter of his letter to the Phillipians. It is our privilege as believers and followers of Messiah to be stewards and bearers of a salvation that God conceived in a mystery before the foundation of the world.
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