Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 143.
“Hear my prayer, O Lord,
Give ear to my supplications!
Answer me in Your faithfulness, in Your righteousness!
2 And do not enter into judgment with Your servant,
For in Your sight no man living is righteous.
3 For the enemy has persecuted my soul;
He has crushed my life to the ground;
He has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have long been dead.
4 Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me;
My heart is appalled within me.
5 I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all Your doings;
I muse on the work of Your hands.
6 I stretch out my hands to You;
My soul longs for You, as a parched land. Selah.
7 Answer me quickly, O Lord, my spirit fails;
Do not hide Your face from me,
Or I will become like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning;
For I trust in You;
Teach me the way in which I should walk;
For to You I lift up my soul.
9 Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies;
I take refuge in You.
10 Teach me to do Your will,
For You are my God;
Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
11 For the sake of Your name, O Lord, revive me.
In Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble.
12 And in Your lovingkindness, cut off my enemies
And destroy all those who afflict my soul,
For I am Your servant.” Psalm chapter 143.
Other doctrine meditates on what it has done and is doing.
But, Reformed Doctrine meditates on what God has done and is doing.
“… I meditate on all Your doings;
I muse on the work of Your hands.” Verse 5.
Other doctrine is proud of its alleged free-will and what it thinks it can do.
But, Reformed Doctrine is proud of God’s will and what He has done.
“And do not enter into judgment with Your servant,
For in Your sight no man living is righteous.” Verse 2.
“10 as it is written,
“There is none righteous, not even one;
11 There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.” Romans 3:10-12.
Reformed Doctrine summarizes this natural condition of man as “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism.
But, there is hope!
“I stretch out my hands to You;
My soul longs for You, as a parched land. Selah.” Verse 6.
There is hope in God’s will and what He has done from “Unconditional Election” to “Limited Atonement” to “Irresistible Grace” to “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.