Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 29, 2016

“For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 11.

“In the Lord I take refuge;
How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain;
For, behold, the wicked bend the bow,
They make ready their arrow upon the string
To shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.
If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?”

The Lord is in His holy temple;  the Lord’s throne is in heaven;
His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.
The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,
And the one who loves violence His soul hates.
Upon the wicked He will rain snares;
Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.
For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness;
The upright will behold His face.”  Psalm chapter 11.

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Other doctrine primarily seeks to understand and know man.  

But, Reformed Doctrine primarily seeks to understand and know God.  

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.

Other doctrine focuses on teaching qualities and works of a godly man.

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on teaching qualities and works of God.

For example, in today’s Scripture, see the focus on the quality of righteousness of God and the work of God showing His righteousness.

“For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness …”  Verse 7.

Upon the wicked He will rain snares;
Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.”  Verse 6.

Another example of Scripture where we see the focus on the qualities and works of God is presented in 1 Corinthians 2:1-2.

“And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.  For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” 

When you read the Reformed Confessions, ask yourself:  “Do they primarily teach the qualities and works of a godly man?  Or, do they primarily teach the qualities and works of God?”

For examples, see how the first articles and questions and answers of the following Reformed Confessions focus on the qualities and works of God.

Here is the first article of the Belgic Confession:

Article 1:  That there is One Only God.

We all believe with the heart, and confess with the mouth, that there is one only simple and spiritual Being, which we call God;  and that he is eternal, incomprehensible, invisible, immutable, infinite, almighty, perfectly wise, just, good, and the overflowing fountain of all good.

Here is the first article of Canons of Dordt:

Article 1.  As all men have sinned in Adam, lie under the curse, and are deserving of eternal death, God would have done no injustice by leaving them all to perish, and delivering them over to condemnation on account of sin, according to the words of the apostle, Romans 3:19, “that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”  And verse 23:”for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  And Romans 6:23:  “for the wages of sin is death.” 

Article 2.  But in this the love of God was manifested, that he sent his only begotten Son into the world, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life. I John 4:9John 3:16.  FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination.

Here is the first question and answer of Heidelberg Catechism:

Q. 1.  What is thy only comfort in life and death?

 A.  That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ;  who, with His precious blood, hath fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil;  and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head;  yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him.

Here is first question and answer of Westminster’s Larger Catechism:

Q. 1. What is the chief and highest end of man?

A. Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever.

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