Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 31, 2016

“You, Lord, have done it.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 109.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+109&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“O God of my praise,
Do not be silent!
2 For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me;
They have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
3 They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,
And fought against me without cause.
4 In return for my love they act as my accusers;
But I am in prayer.
5 Thus they have repaid me evil for good
And hatred for my love.

26 Help me, O Lord my God;
Save me according to Your lovingkindness.
27 And let them know that this is Your hand;
You, Lord, have done it.
28 Let them curse, but You bless;
When they arise, they shall be ashamed,
But Your servant shall be glad.
29 Let my accusers be clothed with dishonor,
And let them cover themselves with their own shame as with a robe.
30 With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the Lord;
And in the midst of many I will praise Him.
31 For He stands at the right hand of the needy,
To save him from those who judge his soul.”  Psalm 109:1-5 and 26-31.

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From the conclusion of the last chapter comes the confidence of the Psalmist against his adversaries.

“Through God we will do valiantly,
And it is He who shall tread down our adversaries.”  Psalm 108:13.

And, the confidence in the LORD that He will tread down his adversaries and save him continues in this chapter.

“And let them know that this is Your hand;
You, Lord, have done it.”  Verse 27.

Other doctrine lets others know:  “We have done it.”

But, Reformed Doctrine lets others know:  “The LORD has done it.”

The LORD has done it from His “Unconditional Election” to His “Limited Atonement” to His “Irresistible Grace” to His “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I” and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

“For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done,
I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.”  Psalm 92:4.

“With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the Lord;
And in the midst of many I will praise Him.”  Verse 30.

Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 30, 2016

“it is He who shall tread down our adversaries.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 108.

“My heart is steadfast, O God;
I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul.
2 Awake, harp and lyre;
I will awaken the dawn!
3 I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples,
And I will sing praises to You among the nations.
4 For Your lovingkindness is great above the heavens,
And Your truth reaches to the skies.
5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
And Your glory above all the earth.
6 That Your beloved may be delivered,
Save with Your right hand, and answer me!

7 God has spoken in His holiness:
“I will exult, I will portion out Shechem
And measure out the valley of Succoth.
8 “Gilead is Mine, Manasseh is Mine;
Ephraim also is the helmet of My head;
Judah is My scepter.
9 “Moab is My washbowl;
Over Edom I shall throw My shoe;
Over Philistia I will shout aloud.”

10 Who will bring me into the besieged city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
11 Have not You Yourself, O God, rejected us?
And will You not go forth with our armies, O God?
12 Oh give us help against the adversary,
For deliverance by man is in vain.
13 Through God we will do valiantly,
And it is He who shall tread down our adversaries.”  Psalm chapter 108.

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Verses 6-13 should seem familiar.  These verses are the same as Psalm 60:5-12.  These Scriptures, particularly the vivid imagery in verses 7-9, speak of God’s sovereignty.

God rules over all the nations, all of which belong to Him.

“For the kingdom is the Lord’s
And He rules over the nations.”  Psalm 22:28.

“… it is He who shall tread down our adversaries.”
Verse 13.

Other doctrine focuses on man and worries about what man may do.

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on God, exalts Him, and seeks His deliverance.

“5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
And Your glory above all the earth.
6 That Your beloved may be delivered,
Save with Your right hand, and answer me!”  Verses 5-6.

“12 Oh give us help against the adversary,
For deliverance by man is in vain.
13 Through God we will do valiantly,
And it is He who shall tread down our adversaries.”  Verses 12-13.

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 107.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+107&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary
3 And gathered from the lands,
From the east and from the west,
From the north and from the south.

4 They wandered in the wilderness in a desert region;
They did not find a way to an inhabited city.
5 They were hungry and thirsty;
Their soul fainted within them.
6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;
He delivered them out of their distresses.
7 He led them also by a straight way,
To go to an inhabited city.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
9 For He has satisfied the thirsty soul,
And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.

10 There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death,
Prisoners in misery and chains,
11 Because they had rebelled against the words of God
And spurned the counsel of the Most High.
12 Therefore He humbled their heart with labor;
They stumbled and there was none to help.
13 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;
He saved them out of their distresses.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death
And broke their bands apart.
15 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
16 For He has shattered gates of bronze
And cut bars of iron asunder.

43 Who is wise?  Let him give heed to these things,
And consider the lovingkindnesses of the Lord.”  Psalm 107:1-16 and 43.

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We see different descriptions of distresses.

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;
He delivered them out of their distresses.”

This exact ending of the distress through God’s deliverance was repeated four times in verses 6, 13, 19, and 28.

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!”

This exact exhortation was also repeated four times in verses 8, 15, 21, and 31.

“Who is wise?  Let him give heed to these things,
And consider the lovingkindnesses of the Lord.”  Verse 43.

God is to us a God of deliverances;
And to God the Lord belong escapes from death.”  Psalm 68:20.

Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 28, 2016

“objects of compassion”

Today’s Scripture comes rom Psalm 106:6-48.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+106&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“6 We have sinned like our fathers,
We have committed iniquity, we have behaved wickedly.
7 Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders;
They did not remember Your abundant kindnesses,
But rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.
8 Nevertheless He saved them for the sake of His name,
That He might make His power known.
9 Thus He rebuked the Red Sea and it dried up,
And He led them through the deeps, as through the wilderness.
10 So He saved them from the hand of the one who hated them,
And redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11 The waters covered their adversaries;
Not one of them was left.
12 Then they believed His words;
They sang His praise.

13 They quickly forgot His works;
They did not wait for His counsel,
14 But craved intensely in the wilderness,
And tempted God in the desert.
15 So He gave them their request,
But sent a wasting disease among them.

16 When they became envious of Moses in the camp,
And of Aaron, the holy one of the Lord,
17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
And engulfed the company of Abiram.
18 And a fire blazed up in their company;
The flame consumed the wicked.

19 They made a calf in Horeb
And worshiped a molten image.
20 Thus they exchanged their glory
For the image of an ox that eats grass.
21 They forgot God their Savior,
Who had done great things in Egypt,
22 Wonders in the land of Ham
And awesome things by the Red Sea.
23 Therefore He said that He would destroy them,
Had not Moses His chosen one stood in the breach before Him,
To turn away His wrath from destroying them.
24 Then they despised the pleasant land;
They did not believe in His word,
25 But grumbled in their tents;
They did not listen to the voice of the Lord.
26 Therefore He swore to them
That He would cast them down in the wilderness,
27 And that He would cast their seed among the nations
And scatter them in the lands.

43 Many times He would deliver them;
They, however, were rebellious in their counsel,
And so sank down in their iniquity.

44 Nevertheless He looked upon their distress
When He heard their cry;
45 And He remembered His covenant for their sake,
And relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness.
46 He also made them objects of compassion
In the presence of all their captors.

47 Save us, O Lord our God,
And gather us from among the nations,
To give thanks to Your holy name
And glory in Your praise.
48 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
From everlasting even to everlasting.
And let all the people say, “Amen.”
Praise the Lord!”  Psalm 106:6-27 and 43-48.

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Other doctrine wants its own wisdom, free-will, and/or works to save itself.

But, Reformed Doctrine recognizes the depth of sin that is in man by its teaching of “Total Depravity”, that is, man is dead in sin, hostile to God, and enslaved to sin and Satan.  “Total Depravity” is the “T” in “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Today’s Scripture shows that Israel continually sinned, grumbled, and rebelled against God, despite God’s great works for them, His commandments and other guidance, and His repeated deliverances of them.

“We have sinned like our fathers,
We have committed iniquity, we have behaved wickedly.”  Verse 6.

Yet, other doctrine claims that it is merely wounded and only wants “a second chance”.

But, Reformed Doctrine knows that there is no hope in itself and there is no hope in “second chances”;  it is dead in sin.

Reformed Doctrine knows that its only hope is for God to make it an object of compassion.

“46 He also made them objects of compassion
In the presence of all their captors.

47 Save us, O Lord our God,  …”  Verses 46-47.

This hope is consistent with Romans 9:15-18.

“For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”  So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.  For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.”  So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.”  Romans 9:15-18.

And, God did make us “objects of compassion” through God’s “Unconditional Election”, the “U” in “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
From everlasting even to everlasting.
And let all the people say, “Amen.”
Praise the Lord!”  Verse 48.

Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 26, 2016

God’s favor toward His chosen ones

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 106:1-5.

“Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
2 Who can speak of the mighty deeds of the Lord,
Or can show forth all His praise?
3 How blessed are those who keep justice,
Who practice righteousness at all times!

4 Remember me, O Lord, in Your favor toward Your people;
Visit me with Your salvation,
5 That I may see the prosperity of Your chosen ones,
That I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation,
That I may glory with Your inheritance.”  Psalm 106:1-5.

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God has favor toward His people.  Verse 4.

What does God’s favor do for His people?

In verses 4-5, we read four blessings of God’s favor upon His people, and we read four descriptions of His people.

God’s favor gives His “people” “salvation”.

God’s favor gives His “chosen ones” “prosperity”.

God’s favor gives His “nation” “gladness”.

God’s favor gives His “inheritance” “glory”.

Other doctrine has a god who waits to see what people do and then reacts.

But, Reformed Doctrine has the God of Scripture Who has favor upon His people, His chosen ones, giving them salvation, prosperity, gladness, and glory. 

“For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord,
You surround him with favor as with a shield.”  Psalm 5:2.

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”  Psalm 84:11.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.  …”  Ephesians 1:3-7.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:4-7.

“Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.”  Verse 1.

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 105:25-45.

“25 He turned their heart to hate His people,
To deal craftily with His servants.
26 He sent Moses His servant,
And Aaron, whom He had chosen.
27 They performed His wondrous acts among them,
And miracles in the land of Ham.
28 He sent darkness and made it dark;
And they did not rebel against His words.
29 He turned their waters into blood
And caused their fish to die.
30 Their land swarmed with frogs
Even in the chambers of their kings.
31 He spoke, and there came a swarm of flies
And gnats in all their territory.
32 He gave them hail for rain,
And flaming fire in their land.
33 He struck down their vines also and their fig trees,
And shattered the trees of their territory.
34 He spoke, and locusts came,
And young locusts, even without number,
35 And ate up all vegetation in their land,
And ate up the fruit of their ground.
36 He also struck down all the firstborn in their land,
The first fruits of all their vigor.

37 Then He brought them out with silver and gold,
And among His tribes there was not one who stumbled.
38 Egypt was glad when they departed,
For the dread of them had fallen upon them.
39 He spread a cloud for a covering,
And fire to illumine by night.
40 They asked, and He brought quail,
And satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
41 He opened the rock and water flowed out;
It ran in the dry places like a river.
42 For He remembered His holy word
With Abraham His servant;
43 And He brought forth His people with joy,
His chosen ones with a joyful shout.
44 He gave them also the lands of the nations,
That they might take possession of the fruit of the peoples’ labor,
45 So that they might keep His statutes
And observe His laws,
Praise the Lord!”  Psalm 105:25-45.

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“And He brought forth His people with joy,
His chosen ones with a joyful shout.”  Verse 43.

Look at all the LORD’s attention and wonderful works for “His people” a/k/a “His chosen ones”!

Other doctrine teaches that God loves everyone and that salvation depends on the individual’s wisdom and alleged free-will (and maybe even works) to distinguish themselves worthy for salvation.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches that God does not love everyone, but only loves His elect, only showing “His chosen ones” mercy and lovingkindness.

“For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”  So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.  For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.”  So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.”  Romans 9:15-18.

Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 24, 2016

“election is the fountain of every saving good”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 105:1-24.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+105&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
2 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
Speak of all His wonders.
3 Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.
4 Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually.
Remember His wonders which He has done,
His marvels and the judgments uttered by His mouth,
6 O seed of Abraham, His servant,
O sons of Jacob, His chosen ones!
7 He is the Lord our God;
His judgments are in all the earth.

8 He has remembered His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,
9 The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac.
10 Then He confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,
To Israel as an everlasting covenant,
11 Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
As the portion of your inheritance,”
12 When they were only a few men in number,
Very few, and strangers in it.”  Psalm 105:1-12.

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The Psalmist reminds them that they are recipients of God’s blessings, because they are His chosen ones.

“Remember His wonders which He has done, …
O sons of Jacob, His chosen ones!”  Verses 5-6.

The Psalmist reminds them that the covenantal blessing of Canaan was given to them “When they were only a few men in number,
Very few, and strangers in it.”  Verse 12.

“The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the Lord loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the Lord brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”  Deuteronomy 7:7-8.

We too are recipients of God’s blessings, because we too are God’s chosen ones.

When Reformed Doctrine teaches “Unconditional Election”, it is not some dusty cold theological point that should be minimized, but it is just the opposite, election is the warm embracing all-important basis and reason why God blesses us.

“… election is the fountain of every saving good;  from which proceed faith, holiness, and the other gifts of salvation, and finally eternal life itself …”  Article 9 of FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination of Canons of Dordt.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  …”  Ephesians 1:3-4.

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 104.  Here is a link to this chapter –  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+104&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

14 He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the labor of man,
So that he may bring forth food from the earth,
15 And wine which makes man’s heart glad,
So that he may make his face glisten with oil,
And food which sustains man’s heart.
16 The trees of the Lord drink their fill,
The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,
17 Where the birds build their nests,
And the stork, whose home is the fir trees.

18 The high mountains are for the wild goats;
The cliffs are a refuge for the shephanim.
19 He made the moon for the seasons;
The sun knows the place of its setting.
20 You appoint darkness and it becomes night,
In which all the beasts of the forest prowl about.
21 The young lions roar after their prey
And seek their food from God.
22 When the sun rises they withdraw
And lie down in their dens.
23 Man goes forth to his work
And to his labor until evening.

24 O Lord, how many are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all;
The earth is full of Your possessions.
25 There is the sea, great and broad,
In which are swarms without number,
Animals both small and great.
26 There the ships move along,
And Leviathan, which You have formed to sport in it.

27 They all wait for You
To give them their food in due season.
28 You give to them, they gather it up;
You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good.
29 You hide Your face, they are dismayed;
You take away their spirit, they expire
And return to their dust.
30 You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;
And You renew the face of the ground.

31 Let the glory of the Lord endure forever;
Let the Lord be glad in His works;”  Psalm 104:14-31.

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Other doctrine proposes evolution.

But, Reformed Doctrine praises God for His creation.  We see this throughout Scripture which repeatedly pounds the table that God created earth, heaven, and all therein and which praises God for His creation.

We see it in the very first verse of Scripture (“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  Genesis 1:1).  We see it in the very last book of Scripture.  (“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power;  for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”  Revelation 4:11).  And, we see it in the middle such as in today’s Scripture.

We see this attribution and praise in the Reformed Creeds.

“Q. 26.  What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”? 

A.  That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them;  who likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence …  Heidelberg Catechism.

Article 12:  Of the Creation.
We believe that the Father, by the Word, that is, by his Son, hath created of nothing, the heaven, the earth, and all creatures, as it seemed good unto him, giving unto every creature its being, shape, form, and several offices to serve its Creator. That he doth also still uphold and govern them by his eternal providence, and infinite power, for the service of mankind, to the end that man may serve his God.  …  Belgic Confession. 

Q. 15.  What is the work of creation?

A. The work of creation is that wherein God did in the beginning, by the word of his power, make of nothing the world, and all things therein, for himself, within the space of six days, and all very good.  Westminster Larger Catechism.

“O Lord, how many are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all;
The earth is full of Your possessions.”  Verse 24.

“30 You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;
And You renew the face of the ground.

31 Let the glory of the Lord endure forever;
Let the Lord be glad in His works;”  Verses 30-31.

The righteous praise God for His creation.

“Let my meditation be pleasing to Him;
As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.”  Verse 34.

But, the wicked do not properly credit God for His creation.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.  For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”  Romans 1:18-21.

“Let sinners be consumed from the earth
And let the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Praise the Lord!”  Verse 35.

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 103:15-22.

“15 As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 When the wind has passed over it, it is no more,
And its place acknowledges it no longer.
17 But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To those who keep His covenant
And remember His precepts to do them.

19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.
20 Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Mighty in strength, who perform His word,
Obeying the voice of His word!
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You who serve Him, doing His will.
22 Bless the Lord, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion;
Bless the Lord, O my soul!”  Psalm 103:15-22.

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Man’s days are fleeting.

Man’s affections are fickle.

“But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, …”  Verse 17.

Other doctrine presents their god as one whose lovingkindness is dependent on man even though his days are fleeting and his affections are fickle.

But, Reformed Doctrine presents the God of Scripture Whose lovingkindness is dependent on Himself:  the Faithful One Who is “eternal”, “immutable”, “almighty”, “and the overflowing fountain of all good” in the language of Article 1 of the Belgic Confession.

Furthermore, Reformed Doctrine points out that Scripture shows the lovingkindness of the LORD is part of His sovereign rule over all.

“The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.”  Verse 19.

We see this everlasting lovingkindness of the LORD in Reformed Doctrine’s point of “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

“… He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself …”  Ephesians 1:4-5.

We see this everlasting lovingkindness of the LORD in Reformed Doctrine’s point of “Limited Atonement”, the “L” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

“Israel has been saved by the Lord
With an everlasting salvation;
You will not be put to shame or humiliated
To all eternity.”  Isaiah 45:17.

We also see this everlasting lovingkindess of the LORD in Reformed Doctrine’s point of “Irresistible Grace”, the “I” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

“The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying,
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”  Jeremiah 31:3.

We also see this everlasting lovingkindess of the LORD in Reformed Doctrine’s point of “Preservation of the Saints”, the “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

“The Lord will accomplish what concerns me;
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting;  …”  Psalm 138:8.

In summary, when we do a keyword search of “everlasting lovingkindness” in Scripture, we see how often the lovingkindness of the LORD is described as everlasting.

“O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.”  1 Chronicles 16:34.

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 103:6-14.

“6 The Lord performs righteous deeds
And judgments for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the sons of Israel.
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
9 He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
14 For He Himself knows our frame;
He is mindful that we are but dust.”  Psalm 103:6-14.

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God is not surprised when we sin.

“For He Himself knows our frame;
He is mindful that we are but dust.”  Verse 14.

Reformed Doctrine summarizes man’s “frame” as “Total Depravity”, that is, in his natural condition, man is dead in sin, hostile to God, and enslaved to sin and Satan.  “Total Depravity” is the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Other doctrine portrays their god as one who is surprised and shocked by sin and who quickly turns away from his people when they sin.  After all, they knew better and could do better, and they have free-will to choose good or bad.

But, Reformed Doctrine shows the God of Scripture Who understands His children and Who does not turn away, but rather Who has compassion on His children and is gracious to them, forgiving their sins.

“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”  Romans 5:6.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:4-9.

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