Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 10, 2016

The Glory of God and the Works of His Hands

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 19.

“The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their utterances to the end of the world.
In them He has placed a tent for the sun,
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true;  they are righteous altogether.
10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can discern his errors?  Acquit me of hidden faults.
13 Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins;
Let them not rule over me;
Then I will be blameless,
And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.”  Psalm chapter 19.

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We can most easily see God’s glory and the works of His hands in His awesome creation.  Verses 1-6.

And, we can also see God’s glory and the works of His hands in His word that is perfect, restoring the soul.  Verses 7-11.

But, if we notice most carefully, then we will also see God’s glory and the works of His hands in His work behind the scenes to keep us away from small hidden faults as well as big bold sins, causing us to be blameless.  Verses 12-13.

Other doctrine does not lift its head to notice God’s glory and the works of His hands, being content to look inside man.  

But, Reformed Doctrine looks up to notice God’s glory and the works of His hands in His creation, His word, and His sovereign power which causes all things to work together for good to His elect.   

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;  and these whom He predestined, He also called;  and these whom He called, He also justified;  and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”  Romans 8:28-30.


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