Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 13, 2015

“The Lord is gracious and compassionate.”

At the conclusion of my last devotion, I suggested that we meditate on the good things, and most importantly, what the good things teach us about the goodness of God.  Today’s devotion is a special devotion presenting my best verses and meditations from the Scriptures I read last week during my cruise vacation.

“I shall make mention of the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, the praises of the Lord,
According to all that the Lord has granted us,
And the great goodness toward the house of Israel,
Which He has granted them according to His compassion
And according to the abundance of His lovingkindnesses.”  Isaiah 63:7.

I read the following chapters:  Psalm 103, Psalm 104, Psalm 105, Psalm 107, and Psalm 111, one for each day from 12/8/15 through 12/12/15.  Here is a link to Psalm 103 which you can also use to read the other chapters –

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+103&version=NASB

From these chapters, I single out the following verses to be the focus of my meditations.  After each verse, I add my meditations in italic font.

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.”  Psalm 103:11.

As I stared at the great width of the seas and the great height of the clouds above, I thought:  “Who can count the number of God’s lovingkindnesses to us?!  Who can know how much of a blessing each one is?!”

“But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,”  Psalm 103:17.

Although it would be good enough to have God’s lovingkindness only during our days on earth, God also extends His lovingkindness to us in heaven, throughout all eternity. 

“And wine which makes man’s heart glad,
So that he may make his face glisten with oil,
And food which sustains man’s heart.”  Psalm 104:15.

Wine, like a cruise, is an example of something unnecessary.  It is lavish, but God provides it.  God is not that dour tightwad that some doctrine portray.  God is better than any Santa Claus.  “The Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain;  A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, And refined, aged wine.”  Isaiah 25:6.

“Let my meditation be pleasing to Him;
As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.”  Psalm 104:34.

These good things are good presents.  But, most importantly, these good presents draw us to God’s good presence.  “I shall be glad in the Lord.” 

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.”  Psalm 105:1.

Too many preachers and teachers focus on the good deeds of man.  Rather than focusing on the good deeds of man, we are called to make known God’s deeds.  “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation makes known God’s deeds from “Unconditional Election” to “Limited Atonement” to “Irresistible Grace” to “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”.   

“And He brought forth His people with joy,
His chosen ones with a joyful shout.”  Psalm 105:43.

“The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior.  He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”  Zephaniah 3:17.  What a God we have!  

“20 He sent His word and healed them,
And delivered them from their destructions.
21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
22 Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
And tell of His works with joyful singing.”  Psalm 107:20-22.

God heals us!

“2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
3 Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
4 Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
5 Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”  Psalm 103:3-5.

“Who is wise?  Let him give heed to these things,
And consider the lovingkindnesses of the Lord.”  Psalm 107:43.

“Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.

“Great are the works of the Lord;
They are studied by all who delight in them.”  Psalm 111:2.

Reformed Doctrine delights in studying the works of the LORD.

“He has made His wonders to be remembered;
The Lord is gracious and compassionate.”  Psalm 111:4.

We come to know the LORD through studying His works.  The LORD is gracious to His people! 

“…The Lord is gracious and compassionate.

“5 He has given food to those who fear Him;
He will remember His covenant forever.
6 He has made known to His people the power of His works,
In giving them the heritage of the nations.”  Psalm 111:4-7.


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