Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 28, 2016

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 145:14-21.

“14 The Lord sustains all who fall
And raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to You,
And You give them their food in due time.
16 You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways
And kind in all His deeds.
18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He will also hear their cry and will save them.
20 The Lord keeps all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.”  Psalm 145:14-21.

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Many would only quote verses 14 to 17 to maintain that God loves everybody and shows common grace to everybody.

But, we see that the following verses, so to speak, cut in half and even cut again into a quarter the group to which God shows such grace.

First, we see the sharp cut between those who love God and the wicked.

“The Lord keeps all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.”  Verse 20.

Second, we see within this group who appear to love God the cut between those who merely call upon Him and those who call upon Him in truth.

“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.”  Verse 18.

In other words, God shows grace to only those who call upon Him in truth.  It is insufficient for those who profess that they love God to call upon God upon their own terms and agenda.

There are those who call upon God but not according to truth.

“Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.  For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.  For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”  Romans 10:1-4.

“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth;  for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.  God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”  John 4:23-24.

“‘But in vain do they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’”  Matthew 15:9 and Mark 7:7.

and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.”  2 Thessalonians 2:10.

In summary, the following Scripture puts it together.  There is an emotional love that comes from God through the heart.  And, there is an intellectual love that encompasses knowledge and love of the truth that also comes from God but through the mind.  We are commanded to love God with all of our heart and with all of our mind.

“And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  And He said to him, “What is written in the Law?  How does it read to you?”  And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind;  and your neighbor as yourself.”  Luke 10:25-27.


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