Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 6, 2016

“And my soul shall rejoice in the Lord; It shall exult in His salvation.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 35.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only verses 1-9.

“Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me;
Fight against those who fight against me.
2 Take hold of buckler and shield
And rise up for my help.
3 Draw also the spear and the battle-axe to meet those who pursue me;
Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.”
4 Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life;
Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me.
5 Let them be like chaff before the wind,
With the angel of the Lord driving them on.
6 Let their way be dark and slippery,
With the angel of the Lord pursuing them.
7 For without cause they hid their net for me;
Without cause they dug a pit for my soul.
8 Let destruction come upon him unawares,
And let the net which he hid catch himself;
Into that very destruction let him fall.

And my soul shall rejoice in the Lord;
It shall exult in His salvation.”  Psalm 35:1-9.


Other doctrine wants to dictate how the LORD saves.

Other doctrine forms its doctrine of salvation according to its desires so that man gets partial credit for being an indispensable part of “their” salvation whether it be by man’s works or by man’s alleged free-will choice of Christ.

Other doctrine teaches that man’s works or alleged free-will choice of Christ is a link in the chain of salvation.  If man does not provide that link, then man will not be saved.

Other doctrine wants to distinguish their disciples as deserving salvation above the others so they can boast.

But, Reformed Doctrine simply points to what Scripture shows how the LORD saves.

Reformed Doctrine sees that Scripture teaches that it is “His” salvation, verse 9, that the LORD provides everything needed for “His” salvation from His “Unconditional Election”, to His  “Limited Atonement”, to His “Irresistible Grace”, to His  “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Reformed Doctrine also recognizes that it is necessary and makes logical sense that the LORD provides everything needed for “His” salvation, because Scripture shows “Total Depravity” of man, that is, man is dead in sin, hostile to the LORD, and enslaved to sin and Satan.  Man cannot contribute the link or anything that is needed for salvation.  “Total Depravity” is the “T” of “TULIP”.

Reformed Doctrine teaches that man provides nothing by which they could possibly boast.

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;  but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.  But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:26-31.

Reformed Doctrine exults in His salvation.

“And my soul shall rejoice in the Lord;
It shall exult in His salvation.”  Verse 9.


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