Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 7, 2017

“He only is my rock and my salvation, … On God my salvation and my glory rest”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah chapter 41.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+41&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“But Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces that were with him heard of all the evil that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had done.  So they took all the men and went to fight with Ishmael the son of Nethaniah and they found him by the great pool that is in Gibeon.  Now as soon as all the people who were with Ishmael saw Johanan the son of Kareah and the commanders of the forces that were with him, they were glad.  So all the people whom Ishmael had taken captive from Mizpah turned around and came back, and went to Johanan the son of Kareah.  But Ishmael the son of Nethaniah escaped from Johanan with eight men and went to the sons of Ammon.  Then Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces that were with him took from Mizpah all the remnant of the people whom he had recovered from Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, after he had struck down Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, that is, the men who were soldiers, the women, the children, and the eunuchs, whom he had brought back from Gibeon.  And they went and stayed in Geruth Chimham, which is beside Bethlehem, in order to proceed into Egypt because of the Chaldeans;  for they were afraid of them, since Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had struck down Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon had appointed over the land.”  Jeremiah 41:11-18.

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Over the last few chapters, we have seen the people follow King Zedekiah (king of Judah) then Gedaliah (whom the king of Babylon  appointed over the cities of Judah) then Ishmael (who murdered Gedaliah and captured the people) then Johanan (who rescued them) and now the people were planning to proceed to Egypt to seek protection from the rulers there.

We tend to trust in man, even though sometimes partially and hesitantly, and even sometimes unwillingly at first.

We tend to trust in man in our doctrine too.  We prefer a doctrine that is built at least partially on man’s wisdom and man’s goodness and man’s alleged free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine knows and teaches that man is not trustworthy.  The condition of man in his natural condition is “Total Depravity”, that is, man is dead in sin, hostile to God, and enslaved to sin and Satan.

Reformed Doctrine knows and teaches that only God is trustworthy.

“5 My soul, wait in silence for God only,
For my hope is from Him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold;  I shall not be shaken.
7 On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
8 Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.  Selah.”  Psalm 62:5-8.

We need a God Who provides everything we need for salvation from the beginning to the end.

Other doctrine is dependent on man to provide at least one of the links in the chain of salvation whether it be man’s wisdom or man’s goodness or man’s works or man’s alleged free-will.

But, surely a salvation dependent on man will fail.

But, a salvation dependent only on God to provide everything for salvation from the beginning to the end will surely succeed.

Reformed Doctrine summarizes the salvation of Scripture in which God provides everything for salvation from the beginning to the end as “TULIP”.  Because man is dead in sin (“Total Depravity”), man cannot contribute anything to salvation or show himself worthy as receiving salvation.  God unconditionally elects those whom He chooses to save (“Unconditional Election”) and further provides atonement for the sins of only His elect (“Limited Atonement”) and irresistibly draws the elect to Christ (“Irresistible Grace”) and preserves the elect to the end, that is, to salvation and eternal life (“Preservation of the Saints”).

“He only is my rock and my salvation, …  On God my salvation and my glory rest”.

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