Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 15, 2016

“For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 59.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+59&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
Set me securely on high away from those who rise up against me.
2 Deliver me from those who do iniquity
And save me from men of bloodshed.
3 For behold, they have set an ambush for my life;
Fierce men launch an attack against me,
Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O Lord,
4 For no guilt of mine, they run and set themselves against me.
Arouse Yourself to help me, and see!

9 Because of his strength I will watch for You,
For God is my stronghold.
10 My God in His lovingkindness will meet me;
God will let me look triumphantly upon my foes.
11 Do not slay them, or my people will forget;
Scatter them by Your power, and bring them down,
O Lord, our shield.
12 On account of the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips,
Let them even be caught in their pride,
And on account of curses and lies which they utter.
13 Destroy them in wrath, destroy them that they may be no more;
That men may know that God rules in Jacob
To the ends of the earth.  Selah.
14 They return at evening, they howl like a dog,
And go around the city.
15 They wander about for food
And growl if they are not satisfied.

16 But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength;
Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For You have been my stronghold
And a refuge in the day of my distress.
17 O my strength, I will sing praises to You;
For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness.  Psalm 59:1-4 and 9-17.

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God is our stronghold Who shows us lovingkindness.  We see this repeated three times in today’s Scripture in verses 9-10 and 16 and 17.

We may be threatened by the “Total Depravity” of man.

But, God is our stronghold Who shows us lovingkindness.

We may be weak and unable to resist our enemies.

But, we are not alone.  God is our stronghold Who shows us lovingkindness.

We are surrounded by the stronghold of God.  We are surrounded by the lovingkindness of God.  We are surrounded by a God Who saves us from the very beginning to the very end:  from the very beginning of His “Unconditional Election” through His “Limited Atonement” through His “Irresistible Grace” to the very end of His “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.


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