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November 1 Read Hebrews 11:1-12

During the month of October, we had the privilege to meditate on the holiness of God. During the course of this month we shall see that the holy triune God is sovereign over all. In this connection, we are going to utilize to a large extent the work of Arthur W. Pink, in his book The Sovereignty of God. To see God as the Sovereign One, we must have faith. The question that comes to mind is answered in the Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 7, answer 21, “True faith is not only a certain knowledge, whereby I hold for truth, all that God has revealed to us in His Word, but also an assured confidence, which the Holy Ghost works by the gospel in my heart; that not only to others, but to me also, remission of sins, everlasting righteousness, and salvation are freely given by God, merely of grace, only for the sake of Christ’s merits.” How unspeakable is the gift of faith. In verse 6 we read “But without faith it is impossible to please Him.” Therefore it is only by faith that we understand, acknowledge and confess God, as the Sovereign One; who in His eternal counsel decreed all that should come to pass. Sing Psalter #128.

November 2 Read Hebrews 11:13-16

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). To walk by faith is to live our lives in humble obedience to the Word of God, to see the unseen. By faith we confess that the unseen is much more real than the seen. All that we see with the physical eye will be destroyed, but faith, hope and love will endure to all eternity. By faith we acknowledge that we are pilgrims and strangers here below. Our citizenship is in heaven. The life we now live, we live by faith, in our Lord Jesus Christ, who has purchased us with His precious blood, having made a complete atonement for our sins. In verse 16 we read, “But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city.” That the sovereign eternal God is willing to attach His most holy name to us, should humble us to the core. The resulting humbleness, will certainly guide us in a life of holiness. Through such a walk of faith, we will come to see the wonder of salvation, through the sovereign work of God. Sing Psalter #132.

November 3 Read I Chronicles 29:10-19

Wisdom is known by her children. From the heart are the issues of life. As a man thinks within himself, so he is. Our lives reflect the inner life, which evidences itself by the fruit it bears. We read in our scripture passage, that the people of Israel, had offered willingly, with a perfect heart, provisions for the house of God. We must confess, that by nature, we are not so eager to make provisions for the cause of the Lord. On the contrary, to our shame, can it not be said, that the causes of God’s kingdom have to beg and plead for our support? Wisdom would dictate that we love the Lord our God. The response of faith is—that we seek the Lord, with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. This certainly will change our priorities. God and His kingdom will come first. Our actions (fruit) will reveal this. Now read again verses 11 and 12. May that acknowledgment also arise from within us, giving God all the praise, for sovereignly He rules. Sing Psalter #259.

November 4 Read Psalm 103

In contrast to the weakness and brevity of man, we read “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children’s children; to such as keep His covenant, and to those that remember His commandments to do them” (vss. 17, 18). Those that have received the gift of faith, receive also the mercy of the Lord, His righteousness, and His covenant and strive to keep His commandments. They do this in fear, and in awe, not willing to offend in any way the Sovereign One. Their desire is: “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His Holy name” (vs. 1). The psalm beautifully illustrates the blessings of salvation. Our response to such mercies is to realize that our salvation is all of God. Our calling in this life is to live humbly and obediently, in thankfulness, for such a deliverance, blessing His most holy name, meaning to speak well of God, to glorify Him in thought, word and deed. Sing Psalter #283.

November 5 Read Psalm 104

Psalm 103, clearly demonstrates, that God is merciful and glorious, to such as keep His covenant. In today’s scripture passage God reveals Himself as the sovereign ruler over all. He is the one that provides for all. Not only every detail of the creation, but also every creature, whether man or beast. The point being made, that only through the gift of faith, can we respond in living hope to such a sovereign God. By faith we acknowledge and confess that God is supreme. That God is King. That God is the Most High and Lofty One, that inhabiteth eternity. That God is almighty, that all power in heaven and earth belong to Him. There is no one that can defeat His counsel, frustrate His purpose or resist His will. In confessing that God is sovereign, we mean to say, that He is the Holy One, the only Good, the Blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Such is the triune God of the Scriptures. This God is our God, for Jesus’ sake. Sing Psalter #287.

November 6 Read Psalm 115

Yesterday we acknowledged the truth of the sovereignty of God. Do you, dear reader believe that truth with all your being? Do you consciously live in the realization of it? No doubt, many there be, who would readily acknowledge God’s sovereignty in the great events of history. Many there are, that will deny God’s control in directing every little detail of life. We read to the contrary in Matthew 10:30, “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Any denial of God’s absolute sovereignty, robs God of His glory. In verse 1 we read, “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth’s sake.” To be earthly minded is to seek the things of this life. This will delude us to self-dependence, and eventually to the idols described in verses 4 through 8. In contrast we read in verse 13, “He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great.” and verse 18, “But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the Lord.” Sing Psalter #308.

November 7 Read Isaiah 55

Please reread verses 6 and 7, upon which follows: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (vs. 8, 9). We are commanded to seek the Lord. How? Through His Word, as that is proclaimed in the preaching, through Bible study, through family and private devotions. We need to read it, study it, and be instructed, for therein is the way of salvation. Now, notice that God’s Word shall not return to Him void, no, it will accomplish that which He pleases and prosper in the way He sent it. In Acts 2:23 we read, “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.” Scripture here and in many other passages, shows us that the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man, are to our finite understanding, two sides of the same coin. All God has eternally decreed, shall come to pass in such a way, that His purposes are fulfilled even through the wicked deeds of men, which men without any interference or injustice on the part of God, freely will desire to perform. How truly unsearchable are His ways. Sing Psalter #86.

November 8 Read Genesis 1:1-18

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created” (Rev. 4:11). Before Genesis 1:1 the universe was unborn, and creation existed only in the mind of the Creator. Yet at that moment, God was the Sovereign One. According to His eternal good pleasure, He could create or not create. He was sovereign in what to create, for who was there to resist His will? It was His sovereign right to create all things, as they do appear. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork” (Psa. 19:1). Now notice what we read in I Corinthians 15:41, “There is one glory of the sun, and another of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.” Why should the heavenly bodies differ so much? The answer of faith is, for Thy pleasure they are and were created so. Sing Psalter #37.

November 9 Read Genesis 1:20-25

In our scripture passage we see the power of God in the creation of fish, birds and animal. How does God create these creatures? We read in verse 20, “And God saith” therefore it is through His Word. We read in the Gospel according to John chapter 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.” And in Genesis 1:23 we read, “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” The work of the creation is sovereignly brought forth by the triune God. When we look at the animal kingdom we stand amazed by the variety. Variety in strength and beauty, compare a lion and a lamb, a bear and a goat, an elephant and a mouse. Some, like a horse, and a dog are gifted with great intelligence, while others like sheep or pigs are almost devoid of it. What is true of animals is also true of fish and birds. It is God’s good pleasure to make them so. He is sovereign. Sing Psalter #400.

November 10 Read Genesis 1:26-31

In the passage we have just read, we have an account of the creation of man, and that in God’s own image. To be created in God’s image means, to have true knowledge, righteousness and holiness. In Genesis 2:7 we receive greater detail in how we were created, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Man is to “have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (vs. 26b). Do we sufficiently think and act upon our calling to govern all things as those will have to give account of our stewardship here below? May we search out God’s will for us in the physical realm as we are commanded in the spiritual realm—to first seek His kingdom and its righteousness, knowing that God will grant us all things necessary. Sing Psalter #14.

November 11 Read I Corinthians 4:1-7

“For who maketh thee to differ from another? And what hast thou that thou didst not receive?” (vs. 7a). All that we are and have we owe to God. May we be found faithful in our calling here below, in whatever station of life this may be. We have seen the sovereignty of God displayed throughout His creation. In the human family also God’s sovereign work is revealed. To one, God grants five talents, to another, one talent. In the same family one is born with a robust constitution and another is frail and sickly. Some are born black, others white. Some are born with a temperament that is selfish, fiery, egotistical; others are naturally self-sacrificing, submissive and meek. There are those who are qualified to lead and rule, while others are only suited to follow and serve. Why are there these variations and inequalities? Why are we today in a church where the truth of scripture is proclaimed faithfully, week after week? In all things, it is God who makes us to differ one from another. Our reply must be, “Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Thy sight” (Matt. 11:26). Sing Psalter #332.

November 12 Read Genesis 6:17-22

On today’s meditation we shall concern ourselves with God’s sovereignty, as this relates to irrational creatures. A few days ago we saw how man received dominion, also over the irrational creatures. God brought each creature unto Adam to see what he would call them, (see Gen. 2:19) and whatsoever Adam called every creature, that was the name thereof. Again in our passage we read of the wondrous power of God in bringing to Noah, all kinds of animals, two of a kind, male and female. All were beneath God’s sovereign control. The lion, the elephant, the bear, the ferocious panther, the untamable wolf, the fierce tiger, the high soaring eagle, the creeping crocodile, and many others—see them all in their native fierceness, yet, quietly submitting to the will of their Creator, as they enter in to the ark. Now read I Kings 17:2-4 where the natural instinct of these birds of prey was held in subjection, and instead of consuming the food, they carried it to Jehovah’s servant in his solitary place. This we acknowledge as the sovereign work of God. Sing Psalter #15.

November 13 Read Proverbs 16:1-9

“In Him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). These words are addressed to a heathen audience, to those who worshiped “the unknown God” and who “mocked” when they heard of the resurrection of the dead. And yet the apostle Paul did not hesitate to affirm that they lived and moved and had their being in God, which signified not only that they owed their existence and preservation, to the One who made the world and all things therein, but also that their very actions were encompassed and therefore controlled by the Lord of heaven and earth. In Proverbs 19:21 we read, “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand” (Prov. 21:1), “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will.” Can anything be more explicit? Out of the heart are “the issues of life” (Prov. 4:23), for as a man “thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 3:27). Since the heart of man is in the hand of the Lord, all men are completely beneath the governmental control of the Almighty. Sing Psalter #270.

November 14 Read Matthew 24:29-31

Angels are God’s servants and messengers. They ever hearken to the word of His mouth, fulfilling His commands. Please look up the following Scripture passages: I Chronicles 21:15, 27, Acts 12:11, Revelation 22:6, Matthew 13:41, and verse 31 in our passage. God sovereignty controls them to do His will. This sovereign control is true of evil spirits also, they also fulfil His decrees. Read the following Scripture passages: Judges 9:23, I Kings 22:23, I Samuel 16:14, Matthew 8:31. All these verses clearly show that evil spirits are under the sovereign control of God. Yes, Satan himself is absolutely subject to God’s control. When arraigned in Eden, he listened to the awful sentence, but answered not a word. He was unable to touch Job until God granted him leave. He had to receive the Lord’s consent before he could “sift” Peter. When Christ commanded him to depart “Get thee hence Satan,” we read, “Then the devil leaveth Him” (Matt. 4:11). At the end of time, he will be cast into the lake of fire, which has been prepared for him and his angels. Sing Psalter #92.

November 15 Read Revelation 19:1-16

The Lord God omnipotent reigneth. His government is exercised over all inanimate matter, over all animate, including the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air, the beast of the field, over all creatures great and small, over the children of man, over angels good and evil, and over Satan himself. Dear reader, reflect on this truth for a moment, there would be no revolving world, no shining of the sun, moon or stars, no weather, no movement of any creature, no actions of man, no errands of angels, no deeds of the devil—in fact, nothing in all the vast universe can come to pass unless God has eternally purposed it. Here is the confidence of faith. Here is an anchor for the soul, both sure and steadfast. God omnipotent reigneth. It is not blind fate, unbridled evil, man or devil, but the Lord Almighty who is ruling the world—ruling it according to His own good pleasure, and for His own eternal glory. Sing Psalter #279.

November 16 Read Jonah 2

“Salvation is of the Lord” (vs. 9b), but the Lord does not save all. How are we to receive this? Is it because they are too sinful and depraved? This cannot be, for the apostle Paul in I Timothy 1:15 writes, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” God saving the chief of sinners, certainly has to mean that none are excluded because of their depravity. Are some too stony-hearted? No, this cannot be, we read in Ezekiel 11:19 b “and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh.” God, through the Holy Spirit, sovereignly applies the work of His Son to each and every one that has been ordained unto eternal life. Please read Articles 11 and 12, Heads 3 and 4, of the Canons. These are the blessings of all those who are called according to the election of grace. Of His own it is written in I John 5:20, “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true.” Faith is God’s gift, and “all men have not faith” (II Thes. 3:2 b). Sing Psalter #277.

November 17 Read Acts 13:42-52

Before the foundation of the world God made a choice, a selection, an election. From the whole of Adam’s race, He singled out a people and predestined them “unto the adoption of children,” to be conformed to the image of His Son, “ordained” them to eternal life. In verse 48b we read, “As many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” Here we learn four things. First, that believing is the consequence and not the cause of God’s decree. Second, that a limited number only are “ordained to eternal life,” as understood by the phrase “as many as,” not all men. Third, that the “ordination” of God is not to mere external privileges, but to “eternal life,” not to service, but to salvation itself. Fourth, that all, “as many as,” not one less, who are so ordained by God to eternal life, will most certainly believe. Election by God the Father is applied to us through the appropriate use of the means of grace. Sing Psalter #170.

November 18 Read Romans 3:10-20

Yesterday we confessed that God from eternity “ordained” a people unto Himself. Today we are going to take another look at the subjects of God’s predestinating grace. There are those, that refuse to acknowledge that truth of “Election,” they will invariably seek to find some cause outside God’s own will, which moves Him to bestow salvation on the sinner, something attributed to the creature which entitles him to receive mercy, at the hand of his Creator. What was there in the elect themselves which attracted God to them? Was it because they were “good” that God chose them? No; for our Lord said, “There is none good but one, that is God” (Matt. 19:17). Was it because of any good works they would perform? No, for it is written, “There is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Rom. 3:12). Was it because they would evidence an earnest zeal in inquiring after God? No, for it is written “There is none that seeketh after God” (Rom. 3:11). All of Adam’s race are dead in their trespasses and sins (see Eph. 2:1). The elect are “quickened” and believe through grace (see Acts 18:27). Sing Psalter #373.

November 19 Read Hebrews 10:1-17

For whom did Christ die? God, through His prophet, in Isaiah 53:10 and 11, says in part, “When Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed,” and that “He shall see of the travail of His soul and shall be satisfied,” and that God’s righteous servant “should justify many”. Here we NEED to pause a moment! How could it be certain that Christ should “see His seed” and “see of the travail of His soul and be satisfied,” unless the salvation of certain members of the human race had been divinely decreed, and therefore was sure? How could it be certain that Christ should “justify many,” if no effectual provision was made that any should receive Him as their Saviour? Therefore, as far as the pre-determined purpose of His death is concerned, Christ died for the elect only. Christ died not merely to make possible the salvation of all mankind, but to make certain the salvation of all that the Father had given Him. Christ died to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself (Heb. 9:26 b). Ever and only for the elect, the world of John 1:29, the world of God’s people. Sing Psalter #94.

November 20 Read John 6:32-44

Limited atonement, of necessity flows from the eternal choice of God the Father, of certain ones unto salvation. Of our Savior, before He became incarnate, it is written in Hebrews 10:7, “Then said He, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me) to do Thy will, O God.” And after He had become incarnate He declared, “For I come down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me.” Christ’s will was in perfect harmony with the will of the Father. Again and again our Savior refers to those whom the Father had given Him, those for whom He would shed His precious blood as a one and complete sacrifice for sin. In verse 40 we read, “And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that everyone which seeth the Son and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” How precious is this truth to us, may it evidence itself in a humble godly walk. Sing Psalter #217.

November 21 Read Isaiah 53

The Lord Jesus Christ is the sin bearing servant of Jehovah. On Calvary’s cross He sustained in body and soul the wrath of God against the sins of His people. In I Peter 2:24 we read, “Who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes we are healed.” Also see again verse 12 in our scripture passage. Therefore, God looked upon Christ’s sacrifice as propitiation, an appeasing of divine wrath, a satisfaction to divine justice and holiness. And that it was accepted by God was attested by the open grave three days later. We, as God’s people rejoice and acknowledge that Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary’s cross was a substitutionary atonement. The innocent taking the place of the guilty, the just dying for the unjust; that He might redeem us body and soul from everlasting damnation, and obtain for us the favor of God, in righteousness and holiness unto eternal life. Sing Psalter #47.

November 22 Read John 17

Shortly before His betrayal in the garden of Gethsemane, His suffering at the hands of Pilate, His crucifixion on Calvary’s cross, Christ prays for His own. Read that prayer often, for a source of comfort and strength. Christ having fulfilled all righteousness, is seated at the Father’s right hand, as the only great High Priest. As we read in Hebrews 9:24, “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.” That there may be no confusion to whom the “us” belong, we read in Hebrews 3:1 in part who are “partakers of the heavenly calling.” And again in Romans 8:33 and 34, “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” Sing Psalter #319.

November 23 Read John 15:18-27

Having completed His work on earth, Christ is received into heaven, as the Head of His church, by Whom the Father governs all things. Take note that it is through Christ that all things are governed. This grants us peace and contentment, amid all the troubles and cares of this present life. He is our Savior and Lord. What an unspeakable joy it is to know, that as a member of His body, we have a sure pledge, that where He is as our Head, we as members of His body shall be also. But, in the meantime our Savior does not leave us comfortless, notice what we read in John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My Name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Sing Psalter #76.

November 24 Read John 3:1-22

It is the Holy Spirit that quickens (Eph. 2:1). Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, is taught a fundamental truth concerning the kingdom of God. We read in verse 3b, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Also in verse 5b, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” In our Reformed terminology, regeneration is the term applied to the quickening of the Spirit, making us alive to spiritual things. Having been made alive, we need the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit, to apply the finished and completed work of Christ to us. How does the Holy Spirit apply this work to us? Readily it is acknowledged, through the inspired, infallible, Word of God, the Scriptures; and as we read in verse 8, sovereignly and mysteriously. Sing Psalter #140.

November 25 Read John 6:25-51

What is it that makes us to differ? Why are we able to respond to the gospel, with joy and gladness, while many become angry and openly reject this same gospel? In the context of our scripture passage, the day before, Jesus had miraculously fed the five thousand. Having given thanks, our Lord, took the five barley loaves and two small fishes, nourishing all. The remaining fragments filled twelve baskets. They sought the Lord for His physical provisions. When Christ explains that He is the true bread, which gives life to the world, and its implications, the Jews murmured at Him, in unbelief. Now back to our original questions. In verse 36 we read “But I said unto you, that ye also have seen me and believe not.” The following verse provides the answer, “All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out” (vs. 37). All those whom the Father has not given to the Son will not, and cannot come. We humbly acknowledge and bow before the sovereignty of God. Sing Psalter #260.

November 26 Read Acts 17:22-34

What is man’s responsibility before God? God created man good, in His own image, in true righteousness and holiness, through which man was able to rightly know God, his Creator, to love Him, and live in covenant fellowship with Him. But, in Genesis 3, we read that through the disobedience of Adam, original sin is extended to all mankind. Through this disobedience man’s whole nature is corrupted, having become totally depraved, incapable of doing any good and dead spiritually. Not only are we guilty in Adam, but we increase our guilt daily. God’s justice stands. He has not lowered His standards, due to our inability, because of our disobedience. God’s revealed will is plain: “repent and believe.” And all who do truly repent and believe are saved. Therefore, God does no injustice to the sinner. The obligation of Adam’s posterity is to love God, and to walk in obedience before Him. Man’s disobedience certainly did not remove his obligation or responsibility. Sing Psalter #338.

November 27 Read Psalm 92

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto Thy Name, O Most High: To show forth Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness every night” (vss. 1, 2). It is Thanksgiving Day in the United States today. What a privilege it is, to go up to God’s house, to thank and praise Him for all His blessings. An opportunity to gather with family and friends, to partake of the good things of this earth. These are all blessings, to be received with thanksgiving. Often during this time, we reflect upon the material blessings God has granted. But as we learned earlier this month, it is the unseen, our spiritual treasure, that should engulf our praise and thanksgiving. May we by faith confess, what we read in Habakkuk 3:17 and 18, “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall not fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” Sing Psalter #250.

November 28 Read Romans 14

This past Wednesday we came to see that our responsibility does not change before God, due to our disobedience. We readily acknowledge that God had made us capable of performing His will perfectly. But, we willingly and wilfully deprived ourselves of God’s fellowship and communion. We placed our lot with the deceiver, and became his willing slaves. Still God’s command comes to each of us, love Me, with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. In verse 11 and 12 we read, “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” God will have His justice satisfied. The soul that has sinned shall die. But, thanks be to God, who Himself in Christ has become our salvation. “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17. Sing Psalter #90.

November 29 Read Jeremiah 29:1-14

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you” (vs. 11, 12). This is a most wonderful promise to each one of us. God will accomplish all His good pleasure, as eternally decreed. Take a moment to read Isaiah 55. We are commanded to drink deeply of the wells of salvation—namely, to use the means of grace, so richly provided. Then we will call upon the name of the Lord in prayer, seeking His honor and glory, confessing our own sin and unworthiness, pleading upon His mercy, for forgiveness, thanking Him for all His temporal and eternal blessings, and seeking Him for all our needs, ever and only in harmony with and in subjection to His Word and will. Therein is the sovereignty of God confessed and acknowledged. Not my will, but Thy will be done. Sing Psalter #235.

November 30 Read Romans 8:28-39

In these verses God grants to His people, the comfort and assurance of eternal security. Who are we, that such blessings should be ours? Yet they are freely bestowed upon us, through Christ’s atoning work. That it was God’s good, pleasure, to illuminate us, that we should be saved, while others are blinded, that they might perish, cannot but humble us to the dust. May we ever praise, honor and glorify our Lord and Savior in our daily walk, knowing and experiencing the comfort of Lord’s Day 1, “That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ; who, with His precious blood, hath fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him.” Sing Psalter #35.