Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 8, 2016

Uncommon Grace: God “shows lovingkindness to His anointed, To David and his descendants forever.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 18:37-50.

37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them,
And I did not turn back until they were consumed.
38 I shattered them, so that they were not able to rise;
They fell under my feet.
39 For You have girded me with strength for battle;
You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.
40 You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me,
And I destroyed those who hated me.
41 They cried for help, but there was none to save,
Even to the Lord, but He did not answer them.
42 Then I beat them fine as the dust before the wind;
I emptied them out as the mire of the streets.

43 You have delivered me from the contentions of the people;
You have placed me as head of the nations;
A people whom I have not known serve me.
44 As soon as they hear, they obey me;
Foreigners submit to me.
45 Foreigners fade away,
And come trembling out of their fortresses.

46 The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock;
And exalted be the God of my salvation,
47 The God who executes vengeance for me,
And subdues peoples under me.
48 He delivers me from my enemies;
Surely You lift me above those who rise up against me;
You rescue me from the violent man.
49 Therefore I will give thanks to You among the nations, O Lord,
And I will sing praises to Your name.
50 He gives great deliverance to His king,
And shows lovingkindness to His anointed,
To David and his descendants forever.”   Psalm 18:37-50.  

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Other doctrine teaches common grace, that is, God gives good gifts with a common grace to all people.  

Reformed Doctrine refutes common grace, pointing out that Scripture shows that God does not show common grace to all people.  Reformed Doctrine admits that God gives good gifts to all people, for example like rain and sunshine to allow them grow food, but God does not do so with favor or grace toward all people.    

This common grace doctrine is based on a false belief that God loves everybody and that Christ died for everybody.

The format of a short daily devotion does not allow me to sufficiently cover this subject.  At the conclusion of this devotion, I will present a link to about 25 articles on “Uncommon Grace” by the Protestant Reformed Churches denomination which has taken the lead and done such a good job of refuting the common grace doctrine.

But, for purposes of this devotion, I will point out a few verses in today’s Scripture which show that there is no common grace.

The last verse of today’s Scripture shows that God’s lovingkindness is not given to everyone, but only to “His anointed, To David and his descendants forever”, generally pointing to a limited group, and more specifically and more ultimately pointing to Christ, God’s Anointed and David’s descendant.  God only favors those who are in Christ.    

“He gives great deliverance to His king,
And shows lovingkindness to His anointed,
To David and his descendants forever.”   Verse 50.

If there was common grace, then you would think that God would be attentive to all people’s prayers, but we see that this is not so in verse 41. 

They cried for help, but there was none to save,
Even to the Lord, but He did not answer them.”  Verse 41.

Common grace is based on equality, but we see none of it in verses 43-45. 

43 You have delivered me from the contentions of the people;
You have placed me as head of the nations;
A people whom I have not known serve me.
44 As soon as they hear, they obey me;
Foreigners submit to me.
45 Foreigners fade away,
And come trembling out of their fortresses.”  Verses 43-45.

Scripture in Old Testament and New Testament consistently show a chosen people, a people whom God favors above others.  The existence of such chosen people is also not consistent with common grace.

If God indeed have common grace toward all people, then God would save all people.  Almighty God certainly has the power to do so.  But, we must recognize that Scripture clearly shows that God has not saved all people.  

Psalm chapter 73 shows that sometimes when we look at the wicked and see their prosperity, we may misinterpret their prosperity as showing that God favors them with the good gifts that He has given them.  But, then the Psalmist comes to his senses and states:

18 Surely You set them in slippery places;
You cast them down to destruction.
19 How they are destroyed in a moment!
They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors!”  Psalm 73:18-19.

For the non-elect, God’s good gifts do not include grace that brings them to salvation.

For the elect, God’s good gifts do include grace that brings them to salvation.  We see this clearly in the Heidelberg Catechism which states “that all things must be subservient to my salvation”.  

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.  Heidelberg Catechism.

Here is the link to about 25 articles on “Uncommon Grace” by the Protestant Reformed Churches denomination which has taken the lead and done such a good job of refuting the common grace doctrine – http://www.cprf.co.uk/articles.htm#commongrace

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