One Whom Thou Favorest

Preserve my soul; for I am holy…

Psalm 86:2

Those in Christ Jesus enjoy the unprecedented favor of God.

David enjoyed the unprecedented favor of God.

One whom thou favorest

One look at Psalm 86:2 (see the top of this post) will tell you that the words “one whom thou favourest.”

In this context, the underlying word rendered “holy” means, “one whom thou favourest.” We see that in the margin notes of the Cambridge Cameo King James Bible.

We could summarize our text by saying, “Preserve my soul, for I am one whom thou favourest.”

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When you have God’s favor, you are holy. When you are holy, you have God’s unprecedented favor.

Check out the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament. It tells us this underlying word means mercy, kindness, and love.

The word goes further to denote an “ethically binding relationship of relatives, hosts, allies, freinds, and rulers.

When God declares that you are holy… When God declares that He favors you, he creates a binding relationship with you. Love comprises the relationship and God freely gives it to the Psalmist and to you!

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