Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 20, 2016

“Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 27.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.

One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and answer me.
When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.”
Do not hide Your face from me,
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not abandon me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
But the Lord will take me up.

11 Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a level path
Because of my foes.
12 Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries,
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
13 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.”  Psalm chapter 27.

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I will summarize the four phases of thought in today’s Scripture;  there are cross-overs, but these are the four predominant themes of these verses:

1.  Confident boasting in the LORD.  Verses 1-3. 

2.  Quiet meditation.  Verses 4-6.

3.  Humble pleading.  Verses 7-13.

4.  Waiting on the LORD.  Verse 14.

We too go through similar phases in our life.  At times, we are strong and boast in the LORD:  “The Lord is my light and my salvation;  Whom shall I fear?”

 At other times, we more quietly meditate to learn more about the LORD:  “To behold the beauty of the Lord”.

When we go through trials and tribulations, we humbly cry out to the LORD:  “Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice, And be gracious to me and answer me.”

But, there is both a conclusion and a summary of our lives in that we live by faith, we wait for the LORD:  “Wait for the LordBe strong and let your heart take courage;  Yes, wait for the Lord.”

Other doctrine focuses on itself and just does it.

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on the LORD and waits for the LORD, trusting in His goodness, His faithfulness, and His works:  His “Unconditional Election”, His “Limited Atonement”, His “Irresistible Grace”, and His “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

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