Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 13, 2019

“The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 4:23-31.

“When they had been released, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.  And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, “O Lord, it is You who MADE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA, AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM, who by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, said,

‘WHY DID THE GENTILES RAGE,
AND THE PEOPLES DEVISE FUTILE THINGS?
‘THE KINGS OF THE EARTH TOOK THEIR STAND,
AND THE RULERS WERE GATHERED TOGETHER
AGAINST THE LORD AND AGAINST HIS CHRIST.’

For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.  And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence,  while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.”  And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.”  Acts 4:23-31.

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“3 “Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”  Psalm 2:3-6.

Even though it may seem like things are out of God’s control and firmly in control of wicked men, Peter and John and their companions praised God for His sovereignty starting with His creation and finishing with His installation of His beloved Son Jesus Christ as King and Lord of all.  They recognized that wicked men only “do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.”  Verse 28.

Other doctrine futilely clings to a focus on man and vainly tries to pump up his alleged free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine steadfastly focuses on God and rejoices in His sovereignty. 

“The LORD has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.”  Psalm 103:19.

“10 All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD,
And Your godly ones shall bless You.
11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom
And talk of Your power;
12 To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts
And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.”  Psalm 145:10-13.


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