Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 21, 2016

“For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 103:6-14.

“6 The Lord performs righteous deeds
And judgments for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the sons of Israel.
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
9 He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
14 For He Himself knows our frame;
He is mindful that we are but dust.”  Psalm 103:6-14.


God is not surprised when we sin.

“For He Himself knows our frame;
He is mindful that we are but dust.”  Verse 14.

Reformed Doctrine summarizes man’s “frame” as “Total Depravity”, that is, in his natural condition, man is dead in sin, hostile to God, and enslaved to sin and Satan.  “Total Depravity” is the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Other doctrine portrays their god as one who is surprised and shocked by sin and who quickly turns away from his people when they sin.  After all, they knew better and could do better, and they have free-will to choose good or bad.

But, Reformed Doctrine shows the God of Scripture Who understands His children and Who does not turn away, but rather Who has compassion on His children and is gracious to them, forgiving their sins.

“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”  Romans 5:6.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:4-9.


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