Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 20, 2015

“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name” – “Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Chronicles 16:23-31.

“23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth;
Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
24 Tell of His glory among the nations,
His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.
25 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
He also is to be feared above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
But the Lord made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before Him,
Strength and joy are in His place.
28 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come before Him;
Worship the Lord in holy array.

30 Tremble before Him, all the earth;
Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved.

31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
And let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”  1 Chronicles 16:23-31.

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Dictionary.com defines “ascribe” as:

“1.  to credit or assign, as to a cause or source;  attribute;  impute:

The alphabet is usually ascribed to the Phoenicians.”

Other doctrine ascribes salvation in whole or in part to man.  Other doctrine teaches that man earns his salvation by his works or by his will (his faith or his free-will choice of Christ).

But, Reformed Doctrine systematically, logically, and comprehensively ascribes salvation to God alone.  Reformed Doctrine starts by humbling man with its teaching of “Total Depravity” that man is dead in sin, hostile to God, and enslaved to sin and Satan.  By so doing, Reformed Doctrine prepares our hearts for “Unconditional Election”, because it makes logical sense that if “Total Depravity” is the natural condition of man, then there is no condition that man has or can produce that would motivate God to elect him for salvation.  Salvation logically must proceed from God’s “Unconditional Election”.  Reformed Doctrine then comprehensively teaches us how God accomplishes His salvation from “Limited Atonement” through “Irresistible Grace” through “Preservation of the Saints”.

All points of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation combine to “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name”.  Verse 28.
 
And, Reformed Doctrine is pleased to “Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.”  Verse 23.

Other doctrine trembles before man, wringing their hands and worrying others:  “What will man do?”

But, Reformed Doctrine proclaims:
“The Lord reigns.”
“Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved.”  Verses 30-31.

Other doctrine futilely plots:
“Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”  Psalm 2:3.

But, Reformed Doctrine points out:
“4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”  Psalm 2:4-6.

Other doctrine looks down to man.

But, Reformed Doctrine looks up to God.

Other doctrine tells the glory of man.

But, Reformed Doctrine tells of the glory of God and His wonderful deeds among all the people.  Verse 24.

Other doctrine sighs at what man does.

But, Reformed Doctrine sings about what God has done:
“Splendor and majesty are before Him,
Strength and joy are in His place.”  Verse 27.

In summary, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name”.  “Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.”

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