Psalm 65:1-8 (NIV)—Praise awaits you, O God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled. O you who hear prayer, to you all men will come. When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple. You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength,  who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations.  Those living far away fear your wonders; where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy.

There is a recurring theme that runs through the entirety of the Bible. That theme says that we are all sinners, incapable of saving ourselves. Because we are incapable of saving ourselves from the wrath of God that is to come, God chose to save a remnant of people—not all people for the Bible makes it clear that all will not be saved. God chose to save a remnant of people by His grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone to the glory of God alone.

The psalmist says, “Blessed are those you choose to bring near to live in your courts!” Man cannot choose to repent and put His faith in Jesus Christ unless God chooses to reveal the truth about Himself, His character, His purposes and His ways to that particular man. This is what makes God a Savior. This is what makes Him God. It is He who holds the power of life and death in His Sovereign and capable hands. It is He who decides to whom He will show mercy. It is God alone who saves.

Every other religion in the world is a works-based religion. Mormonism or Jehovah’s Witness, Buddhism or Islam, New Age or Catholicism or Judaism all teach that your eternal destiny is based on what you do or do not do. Only Christianity says you are saved by grace—by what Jesus Christ did for you in obedience to the Father. And if you are to live a life dedicated to the one who saved you, you will need to do this not in your own power—for we have all ready established that this cannot be done—but in the power of the Holy Spirit. Here is the picture of the Triune God working in synergistic union to save those He elected to save.

Are you trying to reach God on your own power? Or, are you calling out to Jesus like the blind beggar in Luke 18:35-42, “Son of God, have mercy on me.”