Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 8, 2015

“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; And let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Chronicles 29:1-13.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chronicles+29&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“10 So David blessed the Lord in the sight of all the assembly; and David said, “Blessed are You, O Lord God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth;  Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.  12 Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might;  and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone. 1 3 Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.”    1 Chronicles 29:10-13.

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“1 The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty;
The Lord has clothed and girded Himself with strength;
Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved.
2 Your throne is established from of old;
You are from everlasting.”  Psalm 93:1-2.

“Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns;
Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved;
He will judge the peoples with equity.”  Psalm 96:10.

“The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;
Let the many islands be glad.”  Psalm 97:1.

“1 The Lord reigns, let the peoples tremble;
He is enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake!
2 The Lord is great in Zion,
And He is exalted above all the peoples.
3 Let them praise Your great and awesome name;
Holy is He.
4 The strength of the King loves justice;
You have established equity;
You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
5 Exalt the Lord our God
And worship at His footstool;
Holy is He.”  Psalm 99:1-5.

Which doctrine is consistent with all this Scripture?

Other doctrine which focuses on man, man’s works, and man’s will?

Or, Reformed Doctrine which focuses on God, God’s sovereignty, God’s works, and God’s will?

Other doctrine tries to place man’s salvation ultimately in man’s control whether by man’s works or man’s alleged free-will to choose or not choose Christ.

But, Reformed Doctrine recognizes that Scripture shows that man’s salvation is totally under God’s sovereign control as summarized by “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.   

“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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