Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 26, 2016

There is no “Common Grace”. God scatters and shatters the wicked. In sharp contrast, God delivers and strengthens His people, makes a home for them, and shows them goodness and prosperity.

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 68.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+68&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered,
And let those who hate Him flee before Him.
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away;
As wax melts before the fire,
So let the wicked perish before God.
3 But let the righteous be glad;  let them exult before God;
Yes, let them rejoice with gladness.
4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts,
Whose name is the Lord, and exult before Him.

5 A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
6 God makes a home for the lonely;
He leads out the prisoners into prosperity,
Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

7 O God, when You went forth before Your people,
When You marched through the wilderness, Selah.
8 The earth quaked;
The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God;
Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9 You shed abroad a plentiful rain, O God;
You confirmed Your inheritance when it was parched.
10 Your creatures settled in it;
You provided in Your goodness for the poor, O God.

11 The Lord gives the command;
The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host:
12 “Kings of armies flee, they flee,
And she who remains at home will divide the spoil!”

19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden,
The God who is our salvation.  Selah.
20 God is to us a God of deliverances;
And to God the Lord belong escapes from death.
21 Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies,
The hairy crown of him who goes on in his guilty deeds.

34 Ascribe strength to God;
His majesty is over Israel
And His strength is in the skies.
35 O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary.
The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people.
Blessed be God!”  Psalm 68:1-12 and 19-20 and 34-35.

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In refuting common grace, the preceding chapter focused on the saving nature of grace.  Grace saves!  Grace is particular to the elect, shown only to the elect.

In further refuting common grace, today’s chapter focuses on the sharp distinction between God’s people (the elect a/k/a the righteous) and the wicked.

God scatters and shatters the wicked.  Verses 1, 2, and 21.

In sharp contrast, God delivers and strengthens His people, makes a home for them, and shows them goodness and prosperity.  Verses 5-12, 19-20, and 35.

We easily see that there is no common grace between both groups.

“Blessed are you, O Israel;
Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord,
Who is the shield of your help
And the sword of your majesty!
So your enemies will cringe before you,
And you will tread upon their high places.”  Deuteronomy 33:29.

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