Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 4, 2016

The Fullness and Richness of “Preservations of the Saints”: God provides all things to preserve us with paternal care.

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 16.

“Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You.
I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good besides You.”
As for the saints who are in the earth,
They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.
The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied;
I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood,
Nor will I take their names upon my lips.

The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You support my lot.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.

I will bless the Lord who has counseled me;
Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.
I have set the Lord continually before me;
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will dwell securely.
10 For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol;
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
11 You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”  Psalm chapter 16.

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“Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You.”  Verse 1.

We tend to think of “Preservation of the Saints”, the “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, as only extending the lives of the saints and insuring that they get into heaven.  

But, today’s Scripture, Psalm chapter 16, shows us that there is a fullness and richness that God provides us in preserving us. 

We will look at seven points that stick out in this chapter, all starting with the letter “P”, but there are more things that we can find in this chapter and elsewhere in Scripture.  

Let the treasure hunt begin! 

Protection from the enemies.  “My flesh also will dwell securely.”  Verse 9.

Portion.  “The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup”.  Verse 5.  The LORD will never leave us nor forsake us. 

Pleasant places.  “The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;  Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.”  Verse 6.  God surrounds us with lines of generations of family and friends through which we are taught Reformed Doctrine which are pleasant places.  

Path of life.  “You will make known to me the path of life”.  Verse 11.  “He guides me in the paths of righteousness”.  Psalm 23:3.

Presence of God.  “In Your presence is fullness of joy”.  Verse 11.

Pleasures forever.  “In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”  Verse 11.  “For the Lord God is a sun and shield;  The Lord gives grace and glory;  No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”  Psalm 84:11.

Providence of God.  In summary, “Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”  Verse 8.  

As summarized by the following about the providence of God in the Belgic Confession and Heidelberg Catechism, we are persuaded that God provides all things to preserve us with paternal care.   

Article 13:  Of Divine Providence.

“… This doctrine affords us unspeakable consolation, since we are taught thereby that nothing can befall us by chance, but by the direction of our most gracious and heavenly Father; who watches over us with a paternal care, keeping all creatures so under his power, that not a hair of our head (for they are all numbered), nor a sparrow, can fall to the ground, without the will of our Father, in whom we do entirely trust; being persuaded, that he so restrains the devil and all our enemies, that without his will and permission, they cannot hurt us.  …”  Belgic Confession.

Q. 26.  What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”?

A.  That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them;  who likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence) is, for the sake of Christ His Son, my God and my Father;  on whom I rely so entirely, that I have no doubt but He will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body;  and further, that He will make whatever evils He sends upon me, in this valley of tears, turn out to my advantage;  for He is able to do it, being Almighty God, and willing, being a faithful Father.  Heidelberg Catechism.


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