Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 8, 2015

“the beloved of the Lord dwell in security by Him, Who shields him all the day, And he dwells between His shoulders.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Chronicles chapter 8.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chronicles+8&version=NASB

I quote only the first two verses.

“And Benjamin became the father of Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, Aharah the third, Nohah the fourth and Rapha the fifth.”  1 Chronicles 8:1-2.

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“Of Benjamin he said,

“May the beloved of the Lord dwell in security by Him,
Who shields him all the day,
And he dwells between His shoulders.”  Deuteronomy 33:12.

Other doctrine base God’s love for us on our works or our will or our love for God.

But, Scripture does not teach that God loves us because of something good we did.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8.

“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

“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),”  Ephesians 2:4-5.

Reformed Doctrine bases God’s love for us on His choice of us:  “knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you;”  1 Thessalonians 1:4.

“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.

“Yet on your fathers did the Lord set His affection to love them, and He chose their descendants after them, even you above all peoples, as it is this day.”  Deuteronomy 10:15.

“But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.”  2 Thessalonians 2:13.

“As He says also in Hosea,

“I will call those who were not My people, ‘My people,’
And her who was not beloved, ‘beloved.’”  Romans 9:25.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  1 Peter 2:9-10.

And, if God chose us and loves us, His beloved, then we will dwell in security in Him, He will shield us, and He will preserve us to salvation (the “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.) 

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