Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 15, 2016

“Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 23.

“The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”   Psalm chapter 23.

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Other doctrine teaches that God loves us and shows us lovingkindness, because we first love God and somehow earn His lovingkindness.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches that God loves us and shows us lovingkindness, because He chose us to be recipients of His love and lovingkindness.

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”  1 John 4:10.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”  Romans 5:8-10.

Other doctrine makes us doubt the magnificent promise in verse 6 of today’s Scripture that goodness and lovingkindness will follow us all our days, because it teaches us that we must somehow earn and keep God’s lovingkindness through our works, wisdom, or alleged free-will choice of Him.  

But, Reformed Doctrine makes us believe this magnificent promise that goodness and lovingkindness will follow us all our days, because it teaches us that God’s lovingkindness is not dependent on anything that we contribute, but rather God’s lovingkindness is dependent on God’s “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

“… I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”  Jeremiah 31:3.

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,”  Ephesians 1:4-5.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:4-7.

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.

What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who is against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:28-32.

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