Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 23, 2016

“O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your dwelling places.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 43.

“Vindicate me, O God, and plead my case against an ungodly nation;
O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!
2 For You are the God of my strength; why have You rejected me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me;
Let them bring me to Your holy hill
And to Your dwelling places.
4 Then I will go to the altar of God,
To God my exceeding joy;
And upon the lyre I shall praise You, O God, my God.

5 Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why are you disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.”  Psalm chapter 43.

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What leads us to build our church?

Our agenda?

Our good intentions?

We see some churches build their church on their “seeker sensitive” agenda.

We see some churches build their church on their “diversity” agenda.

We see some churches build their church on what excites their congregation with their rock and roll band and their big screen visuals.

We see some churches build their churches on youth programs or social services programs.

They place their hope both in the wisdom and skill of the church leaders and in the wisdom and will of the people whom they are trying to attract.

But, the Psalmist places his hope in God and pleads:

“O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me;
Let them bring me to Your holy hill
And to Your dwelling places.”  Verse 3.

“… Hope in God …”  Verse 5.

God’s light and God’s truth leads us, not man’s agenda nor man’s good intentions.

“For with You is the fountain of life;
In Your light we see light.”  Psalm 36:9.

“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world;  he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”  John 8:12.

“Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life;  no one comes to the Father but through Me.”  John 14:6.

No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him;  and I will raise him up on the last day.”  John 6:44.

All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.”  John 6:37.

Jesus assures us:  “… I will build My church;  and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”  Matthew 16:18.

The Reformed Doctrine of Salvation (also known as the Five Points of Calvinism, “TULIP”) is consistent with these “I am” and “I will” truths.  Man is dead in sin;  there is no hope in man.  God unconditionally elects those who will be saved.  Christ died to bestow upon the elect all the saving gifts.  God irresistibly draws all of His elect to salvation.  God faithfully preserves His elect to the very end which is eternal life.

Article 8.  For this was the sovereign counsel, and most gracious will and purpose of God the Father, that the quickening and saving efficacy of the most precious death of his Son should extend to all the elect, for bestowing upon them alone the gift of justifying faith, thereby to bring them infallibly to salvation:  that is, it was the will of God, that Christ by the blood of the cross, whereby he confirmed the new covenant, should effectually redeem out of every people, tribe, nation, and language, all those, and those only, who were from eternity chosen to salvation, and given to him by the Father; that he should confer upon them faith, which together with all the other saving gifts of the Holy Spirit, he purchased for them by his death;  should purge them from all sin, both original and actual, whether committed before or after believing;  and having faithfully preserved them even to the end, should at last bring them free from every spot and blemish to the enjoyment of glory in his own presence forever.  Canons of Dordt.  SECOND HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Death of Christ, and the Redemption of Men Thereby. 

Hope in God!

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