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the sovereignty of God's grace does not free us from obedience to Him

It is in the death flow 9:14 AM Sunday morning. I am down in the lower level writing on one of our lap top computers. My wife has come home from work and gone to bed. She is now off two weeks from work. Tomorrow she leaves for Arizona to visit our daughter Bethany and her family for twelve days. I will stay home and sit at the feet of Jesus. "And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word" Luke 10:39,42.

I got up this morning around 7:15 AM. I got up made a pot of coffee and messed with our main computer. Next I wrote in my paper diary and then made oatmeal for breakfast. As I was writing in my diary my wife came home from work.

I have been reading this morning from a book titled, "Psalm 1-72" Old Testament VII Reformation Commentary On Scripture Edited By Herman J. Selderhuis. I have been reading this morning this commentary on Psalm 23 THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD.

I will quote from this commentary on Psalm 23-

"The Sovereignty Of God's Grace Does Not Free Us From Obedience To Him. John Hooper: Now as King David in this text has wonderfully set forth the miserable nature of all God's sheep and made himself an example, that the nature and condition of all human beings is corrupt, wicked and damnable, so that it cannot be a partaker of God's blessings and eternal grace unless it is born again, amended, restored and instructed, so also he shows that no one converts a person's soul but the heavenly Father, the great Shepherd who both sees the lost state of his sheep and by his mercy wills to save and call home the sheep again. David goes even further and shows what the heavenly Shepherd will do with his sheep. He says, "He will lead them into paths of justice." In which the prophet declares that it is not only God who converts the person from evil but also he also who keeps him in goodness and virtue. Thus, an incredible misery and wretchedness in the soul and body of human beings is revealed; we can neither begin nor even continue in a life acceptable to God unless God wholly works the same himself in us.

And as it declares the incredible wretchedness of human beings, it also reveals and proclaims an incredible and unspeakable mercy and compassion of God toward human beings: he so marvelously and graciously cannot be content to help and save his enemy and adversary. And this is required of everyone the Lord converts from iniquity and sinful living, that they walk in the same law and life in equity and justice as is fitting for obedient men and women redeemed with the Shepherd's most precious blood.

For the Lord does not teach his sheep the truth so that they can live in falsehood. Nor does he give them the remission of their sins so that they can return to them again. Rather, he does this so that they would studiously apply and diligently exercise themselves in virtuous works to the honor of almighty God. EXPOSITION UPON PSALM 23." pg.190

It is now 9:37 AM Sunday morning. I will close to drift through this day. I might get out to read on this winter Sabbath once again Richard Baxter's treatise A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY Volume 1 "Baxter's Practical Works". Since while my wife is gone for a couple of weeks I might spend a lot of time reading Baxter's A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY for morning worship.

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