Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 17, 2016

“For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 61.

“Hear my cry, O God;
Give heed to my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For You have been a refuge for me,
A tower of strength against the enemy.
4 Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings.   Selah.

5 For You have heard my vows, O God;
You have given me the inheritance of those who fear Your name.
6 You will prolong the king’s life;
His years will be as many generations.
7 He will abide before God forever;
Appoint lovingkindness and truth that they may preserve him.
8 So I will sing praise to Your name forever,
That I may pay my vows day by day.”   Psalm chapter 61.

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God is described as “rock”, “refuge”, “tower”, “tent”, and “shelter” in verses 2-4.

Other doctrine teaches tactics and tools to protect oneself.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches God Who protects and preserves us.

“He will abide before God forever;
Appoint lovingkindness and truth that they may preserve him.”  Verse 7.

Reformed Doctrine summarizes God’s protection and preservation of us as “Preservation of the Saints”, the “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

“7 The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
8 The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.”  Psalm 121:7-8.

“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.”   2 Thessalonians 3:3.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”  1 Peter 1:3-5.

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