Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 17, 2016

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 1.

“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

4 The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.”    Psalm chapter 1.

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“But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.”  Verse 2.

Other doctrine depends on its wisdom and alleged free-will and sense of duty and reward to motivate to read God’s Word.

But, Reformed Doctrine recognizes “Total Depravity” as the natural condition of man.  Man is not wise.  Man does not understand.  Man is not free, but rather, man is enslaved to sin and Satan.  Man is not good.  Man does not seek God.

“10 as it is written,

“There is none righteous, not even one;
11 There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.”  Romans 3:10-12.

Instead, Reformed Doctrine recognizes “Irresistible Grace” as God’s gift to His elect.  God gives His elect a love of truth and a desire to seek God and read God’s word.  God gives understanding of God’s Word to His elect.  And, God guides His elect into all truth. 

And, there are those who did not receive the love of the truth to be saved:  “and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.”  2 Thessalonians 2:10.

But, for those who have received the Spirit of God:  “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth;  for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak;  and He will disclose to you what is to come.  He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.  All things that the Father has are Mine;  therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.”  John 16:13-15.

“How blessed”!  Verse 1.

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