Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 13, 2016

“For I hope in You, O Lord” – “Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 38.

“O Lord, rebuke me not in Your wrath,
And chasten me not in Your burning anger.
2 For Your arrows have sunk deep into me,
And Your hand has pressed down on me.
3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your indignation;
There is no health in my bones because of my sin.
4 For my iniquities are gone over my head;
As a heavy burden they weigh too much for me.
5 My wounds grow foul and fester
Because of my folly.
6 I am bent over and greatly bowed down;
I go mourning all day long.
7 For my loins are filled with burning,
And there is no soundness in my flesh.
8 I am benumbed and badly crushed;
I groan because of the agitation of my heart.

9 Lord, all my desire is before You;
And my sighing is not hidden from You.
10 My heart throbs, my strength fails me;
And the light of my eyes, even that has gone from me.
11 My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague;
And my kinsmen stand afar off.
12 Those who seek my life lay snares for me;
And those who seek to injure me have threatened destruction,
And they devise treachery all day long.

13 But I, like a deaf man, do not hear;
And I am like a mute man who does not open his mouth.
14 Yes, I am like a man who does not hear,
And in whose mouth are no arguments.
15 For I hope in You, O Lord;
You will answer, O Lord my God.
16 For I said, “May they not rejoice over me,
Who, when my foot slips, would magnify themselves against me.”
17 For I am ready to fall,
And my sorrow is continually before me.
18 For I confess my iniquity;
I am full of anxiety because of my sin.
19 But my enemies are vigorous and strong,
And many are those who hate me wrongfully.
20 And those who repay evil for good,
They oppose me, because I follow what is good.
21 Do not forsake me, O Lord;
O my God, do not be far from me!
22 Make haste to help me,
O Lord, my salvation!”  Psalm chapter 38.

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Other doctrine maintains that there is hope within us:  “You can be and do whatever you want!”   

But, today’s Scripture crushes any such hope that there may be inside of us.

Our only hope is outside of us, namely, in the LORD as Reformed Doctrine maintains.

There is no strength nor wisdom within us to give us hope;  there is only sin within us and punishment by the LORD for our sin within us.

“My heart throbs, my strength fails me;
And the light of my eyes, even that has gone from me.”  Verse 10.

“13 But I, like a deaf man, do not hear;
And I am like a mute man who does not open his mouth.
14 Yes, I am like a man who does not hear,
And in whose mouth are no arguments.”  Verses 13-14.

“4 For my iniquities are gone over my head;
As a heavy burden they weigh too much for me.
5 My wounds grow foul and fester
Because of my folly.
6 I am bent over and greatly bowed down;
I go mourning all day long.
7 For my loins are filled with burning,
And there is no soundness in my flesh.
8 I am benumbed and badly crushed;
I groan because of the agitation of my heart.”  Verses 4-8.

Moreover, we have enemies outside of us.

“But my enemies are vigorous and strong,
And many are those who hate me wrongfully.”  Verse 19.

Our only hope is outside of us, namely in the LORD, our salvation, as Reformed Doctrine teaches.

“For I hope in You, O Lord;
You will answer, O Lord my God.”  Verse 15.

Consistent with today’s Scripture showing the lack of strength and wisdom and the presence of the heavy burden of sin too much for us, Reformed Doctrine teaches “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.
 
Consistent with today’s Scripture which shows that our only hope is in the LORD and which refers to the LORD as “my salvation”, Reformed Doctrine teaches that the LORD provides everything that we need for our 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.

“Make haste to help me,
O Lord, my salvation!”  Verse 22.

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