Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 21, 2015

“The Lord reigns.” – “Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Chronicles 16:31-43 (which also repeats verse 31 from yesterday’s Scripture).  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chronicles+16&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
And let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
32 Let the sea roar, and all it contains;
Let the field exult, and all that is in it.
33 Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord;
For He is coming to judge the earth.
34 O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
35 Then say, “Save us, O God of our salvation,
And gather us and deliver us from the nations,
To give thanks to Your holy name,
And glory in Your praise.”
36 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
From everlasting even to everlasting.

Then all the people said, “Amen,” and praised the Lord.”    1 Chronicles 16:31-36.

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“The Lord reigns.”  Verse 31.

Man’s thanks and praise is not enough to respond to the LORD’s righteous and glorious reign.

“Let the sea roar, and all it contains;
Let the field exult, and all that is in it.”  Verse 32.

“Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the LORD.”  Verse 33.

“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice”  Verse 31.

Other doctrine focuses on man, trying to correct man.  It seems righteous.  But, it does not correct man and only leads to superficial changes, smugness, self-sufficiency, and boasting in man.

Reformed Doctrine focuses on God, ascribing to God full credit for salvation and for all the other glory due His name.  It is righteous.  “The Lord has made known His salvation”.  It is His salvation from “Unconditional Election” through “Limited Atonement” through “Irresistible Grace” through “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  “For He has done wonderful things, His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him.”  See Psalm 98:1-2.

The following Psalm chapter 98 is similar to today’s Scripture and expands this theme of God’s reign, His salvation, His righteous judgment, and this vivid imagery of all creation praising God.

“1 O sing to the Lord a new song,
For He has done wonderful things,
His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him.
2 The Lord has made known His salvation;
He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel;
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

4 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.
5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
With the lyre and the sound of melody.
6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
Shout joyfully before the King, the Lord.

7 Let the sea roar and all it contains,
The world and those who dwell in it.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands,
Let the mountains sing together for joy
9 Before the Lord, for He is coming to judge the earth;
He will judge the world with righteousness
And the peoples with equity.”  Psalm chapter 98.

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