Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 7, 2015

“Ordered in all things, and secured; For all my salvation and all my desire”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Samuel 23:1-7.

“1 Now these are the last words of David.

David the son of Jesse declares,
The man who was raised on high declares,
The anointed of the God of Jacob,
And the sweet psalmist of Israel,
2 “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me,
And His word was on my tongue.
3 “The God of Israel said,
The Rock of Israel spoke to me,
‘He who rules over men righteously,
Who rules in the fear of God,
4 Is as the light of the morning when the sun rises,
A morning without clouds,
When the tender grass springs out of the earth,
Through sunshine after rain.’
5 “Truly is not my house so with God?
For He has made an everlasting covenant with me,
Ordered in all things, and secured;
For all my salvation and all my desire,
Will He not indeed make it grow?
6 “But the worthless, every one of them will be thrust away like thorns,
Because they cannot be taken in hand;
7 But the man who touches them
Must be armed with iron and the shaft of a spear,
And they will be completely burned with fire in their place.”  2 Samuel 23:1-7.


In his last days, David testified to his salvation.  God “has made an everlasting covenant with me”.  And that everlasting covenant is :  “Ordered in all things, and secured;  For all my salvation and all my desire”.  Verse 5.

Most doctrine’s salvation is not ordered, but subject to man’s alleged and rambling free-will.  Man may believe one day but not the next.  Man may do good works one day but do evil deeds the next.  Under most doctrine, salvation is as chaotic as man is, and salvation will not be determined until death.

But, Reformed Doctrine’s salvation, expressed in “TULIP”, is “ordered” by God.  Salvation is “ordered” by God from “Unconditional Election” to “Limited Atonement” to “Irresistible Grace” to “Preservation of Saints” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Most doctrine’s salvation is not secure.  Most doctrine shows by their preaching and teaching that salvation is ultimately in man’s feeble hands.  So to speak, most doctrine teaches that we should take our hand and grab hold of God’s hand and not let go of God’s hand.

But, Reformed Doctrine’s salvation is “secured” by God.  Reformed Doctrine shows clearly and strongly that salvation is in God’s hand.  We may let go of God’s hand, but God will never let go of our hand.  “Unconditional Election” is in God’s hand.  “Limited Atonement” is in God’s hand.  “Irresistible Grace” is in God’s hand.  And, “Preservation of Saints” is in God’s hand.  “…I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish;  and no one will snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all;  and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”  John 10:28-29.


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