Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 22, 2016

“the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 103:15-22.

“15 As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 When the wind has passed over it, it is no more,
And its place acknowledges it no longer.
17 But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To those who keep His covenant
And remember His precepts to do them.

19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.
20 Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Mighty in strength, who perform His word,
Obeying the voice of His word!
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You who serve Him, doing His will.
22 Bless the Lord, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion;
Bless the Lord, O my soul!”  Psalm 103:15-22.

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Man’s days are fleeting.

Man’s affections are fickle.

“But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, …”  Verse 17.

Other doctrine presents their god as one whose lovingkindness is dependent on man even though his days are fleeting and his affections are fickle.

But, Reformed Doctrine presents the God of Scripture Whose lovingkindness is dependent on Himself:  the Faithful One Who is “eternal”, “immutable”, “almighty”, “and the overflowing fountain of all good” in the language of Article 1 of the Belgic Confession.

Furthermore, Reformed Doctrine points out that Scripture shows the lovingkindness of the LORD is part of His sovereign rule over all.

“The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.”  Verse 19.

We see this everlasting lovingkindness of the LORD in Reformed Doctrine’s point of “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

“… He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself …”  Ephesians 1:4-5.

We see this everlasting lovingkindness of the LORD in Reformed Doctrine’s point of “Limited Atonement”, the “L” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

“Israel has been saved by the Lord
With an everlasting salvation;
You will not be put to shame or humiliated
To all eternity.”  Isaiah 45:17.

We also see this everlasting lovingkindess of the LORD in Reformed Doctrine’s point of “Irresistible Grace”, the “I” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

“The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying,
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”  Jeremiah 31:3.

We also see this everlasting lovingkindess of the LORD in Reformed Doctrine’s point of “Preservation of the Saints”, the “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

“The Lord will accomplish what concerns me;
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting;  …”  Psalm 138:8.

In summary, when we do a keyword search of “everlasting lovingkindness” in Scripture, we see how often the lovingkindness of the LORD is described as everlasting.

“O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.”  1 Chronicles 16:34.
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