Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 24, 2016

“That we may be patient in adversity; thankful in prosperity; and that in all things which may hereafter befall us, we place our firm trust in our faithful God and Father”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 30.

“I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up,
And have not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O Lord my God,
I cried to You for help, and You healed me.
O Lord, You have brought up my soul from Sheol;
You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.
Sing praise to the Lord, you His godly ones,
And give thanks to His holy name.
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for a lifetime;
Weeping may last for the night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.

Now as for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I will never be moved.”
O Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain to stand strong;
You hid Your face, I was dismayed.
To You, O Lord, I called,
And to the Lord I made supplication:
“What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise You?  Will it declare Your faithfulness?

10 “Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me;
O Lord, be my helper.”
11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
12 That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”  Psalm chapter 30.

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David faced adversity.  But, God delivered him each time and gave him prosperity.  We see many examples of it in today’s Scripture.

David faced enemies.  But God lifted him up and did not let his enemies rejoice over him.  Verse 1.

David faced sickness.  “I cried to You for help, and You healed me.”  Verse 2.

David faced Sheol.  “O Lord, You have brought up my soul from Sheol”.  Verse 3.

David faced the pit.  “You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.”  Verse 3.

David faced God’s anger.  “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime”.  Verse 5.

David faced weeping.  “Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.”  Verse 5.

David faced mourning.  “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing”.  Verse 11.

David faced humiliation.  “You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness”.  Verse 11.

Other doctrine tries to teach us how to handle each type of adversity.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches us God’s providence.  

The following from the Heidelberg Catechism reminds us of the importance of knowing God’s providence.

Q. 27.  What dost thou mean by the providence of God?

 A.  The almighty and everywhere present power of God, whereby, as it were by His hand, He upholds and governs heaven, earth, and all creatures;  so that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, yea, and all things come, not by chance, but by His fatherly hand. 

Q. 28.  What advantage is it to us to know that God has created, and by His providence doth still uphold all things?

 A.  That we may be patient in adversity;  thankful in prosperity;  and that in all things which may hereafter befall us, we place our firm trust in our faithful God and Father, that nothing shall separate us from His love;  since all creatures are so in His hand, that without His will they cannot so much as move.

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.”  Psalm 34:19.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”  Romans 8:18.

For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen;  for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”  2 Corinthians 4:17-18.


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