Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 3, 2014

“I will meditate on all Your work”

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 7:17-26.

“17 “If you should say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I;  how can I dispossess them?’  18 you shall not be afraid of them;  you shall well remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt:  19 the great trials which your eyes saw and the signs and the wonders and the mighty hand and the outstretched arm by which the Lord your God brought you out.  So shall the Lord your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid.  20 Moreover, the Lord your God will send the hornet against them, until those who are left and hide themselves from you perish.  21 You shall not dread them, for the Lord your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God.  22 The Lord your God will clear away these nations before you little by little;  you will not be able to put an end to them quickly, for the wild beasts would grow too numerous for you.  23 But the Lord your God will deliver them before you, and will throw them into great confusion until they are destroyed.  24 He will deliver their kings into your hand so that you will make their name perish from under heaven;  no man will be able to stand before you until you have destroyed them.  25 The graven images of their gods you are to burn with fire;  you shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, or you will be snared by it, for it is an abomination to the Lord your God.  26 You shall not bring an abomination into your house, and like it come under the ban;  you shall utterly detest it and you shall utterly abhor it, for it is something banned.”  Deuteronomy 7:17-26.

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We should not be afraid of our enemies.  We should remember what the LORD our God has done for us.  We should remember Who the LORD our God is, a great and awesome God.  We should have faith that God will destroy our enemies.

“And what more shall I say?  For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.”  Hebrews 11:32-34.

How can we better remember what the LORD our God has done for us?  How can we better remember Who the LORD our God is?  How can we build our faith? 

We read and meditate on God’s Word. 

“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it;  for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”  Joshua 1:8.

“2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.”  Psalm 1:2-3.

“4 One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple.
5 For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
6 And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.”  Psalm 27:4-6.

“11 I shall remember the deeds of the Lord;
Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.
12 I will meditate on all Your work
And muse on Your deeds.
13 Your way, O God, is holy;
What god is great like our God?
14 You are the God who works wonders;
You have made known Your strength among the peoples.
15 You have by Your power redeemed Your people,
The sons of Jacob and Joseph.  Selah.”  Psalm 77:11-15.

See Psalm 18:31-50 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+18&version=NASB

Other doctrine exhorts us to focus on our self and be wiser and be stronger and use our alleged free-will to do more good.

Reformed Doctrine exhorts us to focus on God and His wisdom and His strength and His works 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.

“68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people,
69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of David His servant—
70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old—
71 Salvation from our enemies,
And from the hand of all who hate us;
72 To show mercy toward our fathers,
And to remember His holy covenant,
73 The oath which He swore to Abraham our father,
74 To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.”  Luke 1:68-75.

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