Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 22, 2015

“Boast no more so very proudly, Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth; … “The Lord makes poor and rich; He brings low, He also exalts.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 26.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+26&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 And all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the place of his father Amaziah.  2 He built Eloth and restored it to Judah after the king slept with his fathers.  3 Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Jechiliah of Jerusalem.  4 He did right in the sight of the Lord according to all that his father Amaziah had done.  5 He continued to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding through the vision of God;  and as long as he sought the Lord, God prospered him.

16 But when he became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the Lord his God, for he entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense.  17 Then Azariah the priest entered after him and with him eighty priests of the Lord, valiant men. 18 They opposed Uzziah the king and said to him, “It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron who are consecrated to burn incense.  Get out of the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful and will have no honor from the Lord God.”  19 But Uzziah, with a censer in his hand for burning incense, was enraged;  and while he was enraged with the priests, the leprosy broke out on his forehead before the priests in the house of the Lord, beside the altar of incense.  20 Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and behold, he was leprous on his forehead;  and they hurried him out of there, and he himself also hastened to get out because the Lord had smitten him.  21 King Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death;  and he lived in a separate house, being a leper, for he was cut off from the house of the Lord.  And Jotham his son was over the king’s house judging the people of the land.”  2 Chronicles chapter 26:  Verses 1-5 and 16-21.

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As we approach Thanksgiving, Hannah’s Song of Thanksgiving helps us to both give thanksgiving and to remember that we should not be proud and arrogant as King Uzziah was in his later days.

“1 Then Hannah prayed and said,

“My heart exults in the Lord;
My horn is exalted in the Lord,
My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies,
Because I rejoice in Your salvation.
2 “There is no one holy like the Lord,
Indeed, there is no one besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.
3 “Boast no more so very proudly,
Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth;
For the Lord is a God of knowledge,
And with Him actions are weighed.
4 “The bows of the mighty are shattered,
But the feeble gird on strength.“Those who were full hire themselves out for bread,
But those who were hungry cease to hunger.
Even the barren gives birth to seven,
But she who has many children languishes.
6 “The Lord kills and makes alive;
He brings down to Sheol and raises up.
7 “The Lord makes poor and rich;
He brings low, He also exalts.
8 “He raises the poor from the dust,
He lifts the needy from the ash heap
To make them sit with nobles,
And inherit a seat of honor;
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
And He set the world on them.
9 “He keeps the feet of His godly ones,
But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness;
For not by might shall a man prevail.
10 “Those who contend with the Lord will be shattered;
Against them He will thunder in the heavens,
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;
And He will give strength to His king,”  2 Samuel 2:1-10.

Other doctrine boasts proudly about its alleged free-will, wisdom, and strength.

But, Reformed Doctrine is humble based on “Total Depravity” and boasts only what the LORD has done for them from “Unconditional Election” to “Limited Atonement” to “Irresistible Grace” to “Preservation of the Saints” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Like Hannah, Reformed Doctrine exults in the LORD and rejoices in His salvation.

““My heart exults in the Lord;
My horn is exalted in the Lord,
My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies,
Because I rejoice in Your salvation.”    2 Samuel 2:1-2.


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