Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 5, 2016

“He raises the poor from the dust”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 113.

“Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
Praise the name of the Lord.
2 Blessed be the name of the Lord
From this time forth and forever.
3 From the rising of the sun to its setting
The name of the Lord is to be praised.
4 The Lord is high above all nations;
His glory is above the heavens.

5 Who is like the Lord our God,
Who is enthroned on high,
6 Who humbles Himself to behold
The things that are in heaven and in the earth?
7 He raises the poor from the dust
And lifts the needy from the ash heap,
8 To make them sit with princes,
With the princes of His people.
9 He makes the barren woman abide in the house
As a joyful mother of children.

Praise the LORD!”  Psalm chapter 113.


Which doctrine is more consistent with the theme of today’s Scripture:  “Praise the LORD!”?

Other doctrine which hands out trophies for what man has done?

Or, Reformed Doctrine which praises God for what He has done?

Today’s Scripture praises God for raising the poor from the dust and lifting the needy from the ash heap.  Verse 7.

Consistent with today’s Scripture, Reformed Doctrine humbles man but exalts God.  Through its teaching of “Total Depravity”, Reformed Doctrine humbles man by teaching that man is dead in sin, hostile to God, and enslaved to sin and Satan.  Through its teaching of “Unconditional Election”, “Limited Atonement”, “irresistable Grace”, and “Preservation of Saints”, Reformed Doctrine exalts God by teaching that God raised those dead in sin to life in Christ.

“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.”  Ephesians 2:4-7.


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