Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 9, 2015

“The Lord preserves the faithful And fully recompenses the proud doer.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Chronicles 29:14-30.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chronicles+29&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“14 “But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this?  For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You.  15 For we are sojourners before You, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope.  16 O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided to build You a house for Your holy name, it is from Your hand, and all is Yours.  17 Since I know, O my God, that You try the heart and delight in uprightness, I, in the integrity of my heart, have willingly offered all these things;  so now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here, make their offerings willingly to You.  18 O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, our fathers, preserve this forever in the intentions of the heart of Your people, and direct their heart to You;  19 and give to my son Solomon a perfect heart to keep Your commandments, Your testimonies and Your statutes, and to do them all, and to build the temple, for which I have made provision.”  1 Chronicles 29:14-19.

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In verses 18 and 19, David asked the LORD to direct Israel’s heart to Himself, to give Solomon a perfect heart to keep His commandments, and to preserve the intentions of the heart of Israel.

Other doctrine relies on its own alleged free-will to seek God, obey God, and be faithful.  “Just do it!”

But, Reformed Doctrine is like David and relies on God’s “Irresistible Grace” and “Preservation of the Saints”, the “I” and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  “Hope in the Lord!”

“23 O love the Lord, all you His godly ones!
The Lord preserves the faithful
And fully recompenses the proud doer.
24 Be strong and let your heart take courage,
All you who hope in the Lord.”  Psalm 31:23-24.

“6 The Lord preserves the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.
7 Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.”  Psalm 116:6-7.

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely;  and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”  1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.

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