Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 10, 2017

“You, O Lord, rule forever” – “Restore us to You, O Lord, that we may be restored”

Today’s devotion is from Lamentations chapter 5.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses.

15 The joy of our hearts has ceased;
Our dancing has been turned into mourning.
16 The crown has fallen from our head;
Woe to us, for we have sinned!
17 Because of this our heart is faint,
Because of these things our eyes are dim;
18 Because of Mount Zion which lies desolate,
Foxes prowl in it.

19 You, O Lord, rule forever;
Your throne is from generation to generation.
20 Why do You forget us forever?
Why do You forsake us so long?
21 Restore us to You, O Lord, that we may be restored;
Renew our days as of old,
22 Unless You have utterly rejected us
And are exceedingly angry with us.”  Lamentations 5:15-22.


We come to the conclusion of the Book of Lamentations.  The lamenting is concluding.  And, there is a final plea for mercy.  

We notice how this final plea for mercy starts.

“You, O Lord, rule forever;
Your throne is from generation to generation.”  Verse 19.

Other doctrine would start its final plea with a proud “Give me one more chance.  My wisdom, my will, and my works will earn Your favor.”

But, Reformed Doctrine starts its final plea with a humble acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty:  “You, O Lord, rule forever;  …”.

And then, Reformed Doctrine, consistent with such humble acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty, adds that if it is going to be restored, then God must be the One Who does it.

“Restore us to You, O Lord, that we may be restored;  …”  Verse 21.

17 Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand,
Upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself.
18 Then we shall not turn back from You;
Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.
19 O Lord God of hosts, restore us;
Cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.”  Psalm 80:17-19.

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