Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 14, 2016

“Arise, O God, judge the earth! For it is You who possesses all the nations.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 82.

“God takes His stand in His own congregation;
He judges in the midst of the rulers.
How long will you judge unjustly
And show partiality to the wicked?  Selah.
Vindicate the weak and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
Rescue the weak and needy;
Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.

They do not know nor do they understand;
They walk about in darkness;
All the foundations of the earth are shaken.
I said, “You are gods,
And all of you are sons of the Most High.
“Nevertheless you will die like men
And fall like any one of the princes.”
Arise, O God, judge the earth!
For it is You who possesses all the nations.”  Psalm chapter 82.

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Man judges unjustly.  Verse 2.

Verses 3-4 show what should be done.

But, man does not understand.  Verse 5.

We are reminded of Romans 3:11-12:

11 There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.”

Other doctrine has confidence in man.

But, Reformed Doctrine, consistent with Scripture, has only confidence in God.

Other doctrine desires man’s alleged free-will.

“Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”  Psalm 2:3.

But, Reformed Doctrine desires God’s sovereignty and knows that God possesses and controls the nations.

“Arise, O God, judge the earth!
For it is You who possesses all the nations.”  Verse 8.

“God takes His stand in His own congregation;
He judges in the midst of the rulers.”  Verse 1.

Regarding other doctrine’s desire for man’s alleged free-will:

He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
“But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

“I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”  Psalm 2:4-9.

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