Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 4, 2018

“For You, O LORD, have made me glad by what You have done” – “His work is perfect” – “IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 12:1-12.

“And He began to speak to them in parables:  “A man PLANTED A VINEYARD AND PUT A WALL AROUND IT, AND DUG A VAT UNDER THE WINE PRESS AND BUILT A TOWER, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey.  At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, in order to receive some of the produce of the vineyard from the vine-growers.  They took him, and beat him and sent him away empty-handed.  Again he sent them another slave, and they wounded him in the head, and treated him shamefully.  And he sent another, and that one they killed;  and so with many others, beating some and killing others.  He had one more to send, a beloved son;  he sent him last of all to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’  But those vine-growers said to one another, ‘This is the heir;  come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!’  They took him, and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard.  What will the owner of the vineyard do?  He will come and destroy the vine-growers, and will give the vineyard to others.  Have you not even read this Scripture:


And they were seeking to seize Him, and yet they feared the people, for they understood that He spoke the parable against them.  And so they left Him and went away.”   Mark 12:1-12.


Other doctrine focuses on man and fears what man did or will do.     

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on God and is glad in what God has done.     

The religious leaders, the chief priests and Pharisees, may have rejected Jesus, and even killed Him, but God is sovereign and in control and caused Jesus to build His church and be the chief corner stone of the church.


Other doctrine preaches and teaches what man should do to be the best he can be.

But, Reformed Doctrine studies Scripture to learn about God and His works and preaches and teaches what God has done.

“4 For You, O LORD, have made me glad by what You have done,
I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.

5 How great are Your works, O LORD!
Your thoughts are very deep.
6 A senseless man has no knowledge,
Nor does a stupid man understand this:
7 That when the wicked sprouted up like grass
And all who did iniquity flourished,
It was only that they might be destroyed forevermore.
8 But You, O LORD, are on high forever.
9 For, behold, Your enemies, O LORD,
For, behold, Your enemies will perish;
All who do iniquity will be scattered.”  Psalm 92:4-9.

“6 “Your right hand, O LORD, is majestic in power,
Your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.
7 “And in the greatness of Your excellence You overthrow those who rise up against You;
You send forth Your burning anger, and it consumes them as chaff.”  Exodus 15:6-7.

“Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.

“Great are the works of the LORD;
They are studied by all who delight in them.”  Psalm 111:2.

“The Rock!  His work is perfect,
For all His ways are just;
A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and upright is He.”    Deuteronomy 32:4.


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