Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 10, 2015

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

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Samuel Chapter 12.  Here is a link to this chapter -https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+12&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“19 Then all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, so that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil by asking for ourselves a king.”  20 Samuel said to the people, “Do not fear.  You have committed all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.  21 You must not turn aside, for then you would go after futile things which can not profit or deliver, because they are futile.  22 For the Lord will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the Lord has been pleased to make you a people for Himself.  23 Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you;  but I will instruct you in the good and right way.  24 Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart;  for consider what great things He has done for you.  25 But if you still do wickedly, both you and your king will be swept away.”  1 Samuel 12:19-25.

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“Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart;  for consider what great things He has done for you.”  Verse 24.

This is a theme that we see through Scripture, and we have seen it again in today’s Scripture.  “So now, take your stand, that I may plead with you before the Lord concerning all the righteous acts of the Lord which He did for you and your fathers.”  Verse 7.

How often does God’s Word remind us of the great things that He has done for us! 

“7 “Remember the days of old,
Consider the years of all generations.
Ask your father, and he will inform you,
Your elders, and they will tell you.
8 “When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance,
When He separated the sons of man,
He set the boundaries of the peoples
According to the number of the sons of Israel.
9 “For the Lord’s portion is His people;
Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.
10 “He found him in a desert land,
And in the howling waste of a wilderness;
He encircled him, He cared for him,
He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.
11 “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
That hovers over its young,
He spread His wings and caught them,
He carried them on His pinions.
12 “The Lord alone guided him,
And there was no foreign god with him.
13 “He made him ride on the high places of the earth,
And he ate the produce of the field;
And He made him suck honey from the rock,
And oil from the flinty rock,
14 Curds of cows, and milk of the flock,
With fat of lambs,
And rams, the breed of Bashan, and goats,
With the finest of the wheat—
And of the blood of grapes you drank wine.”  Deuteronomy 32:7-14.

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

Other doctrine helps us to consider our own works, our own wisdom, and our own will.

But, Reformed Doctrine helps us consider the great things of salvation that God has done for us in “TULIP” from “Unconditional Election” through “Limited Atonement” through “Irresistible Grace” through “Preservation of the Saints”. 

“9 Then all men will fear,
And they will declare the work of God,
And will consider what He has done.
10 The righteous man will be glad in the Lord and will take refuge in Him;
And all the upright in heart will glory.”  Psalm 64:9-10.


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