Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 4, 2016

“My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 34:11-14.

“11 Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Who is the man who desires life
And loves length of days that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil
And your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.”    Psalm 34:11-14.


We all nod our head in agreement to the truth of today’s Scripture.  “So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.”  Romans 7:12.

The problem is the sin in us, our “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”.

“10 as it is written,

“There is none righteous, not even one;
11 There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave,
With their tongues they keep deceiving,”
“The poison of asps is under their lips”;
14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”;
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood,
16 Destruction and misery are in their paths,
17 And the path of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”  Romans 3:10-18.

All the elements that we see in today’s Scripture of living a righteous life through which will see life and length of days and good (that is, the elements of fear of the LORD, keeping tongue from evil and deceit, and peace), we see such elements are mentioned but are not present in the above-stated Romans 3:10-18 description of our natural condition of “Total Depravity”.

There is no hope within us.  There is no hope in our alleged free-will.  There is no hope in us becoming wiser or trying harder.

Our only hope is in God.  Our only hope is that God will do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.  Our only hope is God’s “Unconditional Election”, God’s “Limited Atonement”, God’s “Irresistible Grace”, and God’s “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

My soul waits in silence for God only;
From Him is my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold;  I shall not be greatly shaken.”  Psalm 62:1-2.


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