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March 20, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Judges 6-7
Audio: Judges 6-7

Psalm 100 (ESV)

A Psalm for giving thanks.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
    Serve the Lord with gladness!
    Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise!
    Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
    Serve the Lord with gladness!
    Come into his presence with singing! (Psalm 100:1-2)

    A Psalm of Giving Thanks

    I must admin I've not always been thankful in all things. While I can look back and give thanks for all the blessings that have come from the various trials of life, I have not always made a joyful noise to the Lord in the middle of them. 

    We are reminded in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

    Today's psalm reveals how we can give thanks in all circumstances:

    Psalm 100:3 "Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture."

    Nothing that happens to us just happens. Nothing is random and nothing is without God's knowledge, permission and purpose. We may not fully UNDERSTAND IT, especially while stuck in "miry clay" (Psalm 40:2) but we can KNOW IT because the Bible tells us so (over and over again)! 

    The last verse of this psalm (Psalm 100:5) says:

    "For the Lord is good;
        his steadfast love endures forever,
        and his faithfulness to all generations."

    In the midst of great adversity and uncertainty, we can trust that God's love for us and His faithfulness to us are firmly and securely in place – not because we deserve it but because He has promised it to those who are in Christ Jesus. His will is not to keep us from trials and temptations but to conform us to the image of Christ through them. 

    I am thankful for this reminder today. I needed it.

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "No Will but Yours" by Octavius Winslow

    "Jesus, it is my aim divine, hence to have no will but yours.
    Let me covenant with you, yours forevermore to be.
    This my prayer, and this alone:
    Savior, let your will be done!
    You to love, to live to you: this my daily portion be.
    Nothing to my Lord I give, but from him I must first receive.
    Lord, for me your blood was spilled.
    Lead me, guide me, as you will.
    All that is opposed to you, however dear it be,
    From my heart the idol tear.
    You shall have no rival there.
    Only you will fill the throne.
    Savior, let your will be done.
    Will you, Lord, in me fulfill
    All the pleasure of your will.
    Yours in life, and yours in death.
    Yours in every fleeting breath.
    You my hope and joy alone.
    Savior, let your will be done."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

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