Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 19, 2016

“Preserve my soul, for I am a godly man; O You my God, save Your servant who trusts in You.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 86.

“Incline Your ear, O Lord, and answer me;
For I am afflicted and needy.
Preserve my soul, for I am a godly man;
O You my God, save Your servant who trusts in You.
3 Be gracious to me, O Lord,
For to You I cry all day long.
4 Make glad the soul of Your servant,
For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.
6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
And give heed to the voice of my supplications!
7 In the day of my trouble I shall call upon You,
For You will answer me.
8 There is no one like You among the gods, O Lord,
Nor are there any works like Yours.
9 All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord,
And they shall glorify Your name.
10 For You are great and do wondrous deeds;
You alone are God.

11 Teach me Your way, O Lord;
I will walk in Your truth;
Unite my heart to fear Your name.
12 I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
And will glorify Your name forever.
13 For Your lovingkindness toward me is great,
And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14 O God, arrogant men have risen up against me,
And a band of violent men have sought my life,
And they have not set You before them.
15 But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.
16 Turn to me, and be gracious to me;
Oh grant Your strength to Your servant,
And save the son of Your handmaid.
17 Show me a sign for good,
That those who hate me may see it and be ashamed,
Because You, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.”  Psalm chapter 86.

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Again and again, we read about the wondrous deeds of God in Scripture.

“For You are great and do wondrous deeds;
You alone are God.”  Verse 10.

“There is no one like You among the gods, O Lord,
Nor are there any works like Yours.”  Verse 8.

And yet, other doctrine still focuses on man and man’s works, man’s wisdom, and man’s will.

But, Reformed Doctrine sees and summarizes Scripture’s focus on God and God’s works.

Today, we specifically see “Preservation of the Saints”, the  “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

“Preserve my soul, for I am a godly man;
O You my God, save Your servant who trusts in You.”  Verse 2.

Other doctrine is proud of what it has accomplished whether it be proud of its works or proud of its wisdom and alleged free-will in choosing Christ.

But, Reformed Doctrine humbly admits:  “…  I am afflicted and needy.”  Verse 1.

Article 3.  By reason of these remains of indwelling sin, and the temptations of sin and of the world, those who are converted could not persevere in a state of grace, if left to their own strength.  But God is faithful, who having conferred grace, mercifully confirms, and powerfully preserves them herein, even to the end. FIFTH HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Perseverance of the Saints.  Canons of Dordt.

Other doctrine seeks self-improvement.

But, Reformed Doctrine seeks God’s grace.

“Be gracious to me, O Lord,
For to You I cry all day long.”  Verse 3.

“Turn to me, and be gracious to me;
Oh grant Your strength to Your servant,
And save the son of Your handmaid.”  Verse 16.

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