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March 22, 2020

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

Text: Judges 10-12
Audio: Judges 10-12

Psalm 102 (ESV)

A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord.

Hear my prayer, O Lord;
let my cry come to you!
Do not hide your face from me
    in the day of my distress!
Incline your ear to me;
    answer me speedily in the day when I call!

For my days pass away like smoke,
    and my bones burn like a furnace.
My heart is struck down like grass and has withered;
    I forget to eat my bread.
Because of my loud groaning
    my bones cling to my flesh.
I am like a desert owl of the wilderness,
    like an owl of the waste places;
I lie awake;
    I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.
All the day my enemies taunt me;
    those who deride me use my name for a curse.
For I eat ashes like bread
    and mingle tears with my drink,
10 because of your indignation and anger;
    for you have taken me up and thrown me down.
11 My days are like an evening shadow;
    I wither away like grass.

12 But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever;
    you are remembered throughout all generations.
13 You will arise and have pity on Zion;
    it is the time to favor her;
    the appointed time has come.
14 For your servants hold her stones dear
    and have pity on her dust.
15 Nations will fear the name of the Lord,
    and all the kings of the earth will fear your glory.
16 For the Lord builds up Zion;
    he appears in his glory;
17 he regards the prayer of the destitute
    and does not despise their prayer.

18 Let this be recorded for a generation to come,
    so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord:
19 that he looked down from his holy height;
    from heaven the Lord looked at the earth,
20 to hear the groans of the prisoners,
    to set free those who were doomed to die,
21 that they may declare in Zion the name of the Lord,
    and in Jerusalem his praise,
22 when peoples gather together,
    and kingdoms, to worship the Lord.

23 He has broken my strength in midcourse;
    he has shortened my days.
24 “O my God,” I say, “take me not away
    in the midst of my days—
you whose years endure
    throughout all generations!”

25 Of old you laid the foundation of the earth,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands.
26 They will perish, but you will remain;
    they will all wear out like a garment.
You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,
27     but you are the same, and your years have no end.
28 The children of your servants shall dwell secure;
    their offspring shall be established before you.


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. Hear my prayer, O Lord;
    let my cry come to you (Psalm 102:17).

    Pray

    We are certainly living in a time of great uncertainty. For some, fear and anxiety are all they can think of. Isolation has almost become the new normal as people try to do their part to help not spread the Corona virus. 

    For people who are not born again, they are left to fend for themselves and rely only on what they can do (and not do). It can be an overwhelming feeling of desperation and leave people feeling powerless. 

    But Christians have God's strength to help us through anything that happens to us because He is sovereign and in control of every single molecule – including the virus.

    Even though many Christians believe in their minds that God is in control, some can really struggle during times such as these. If believers do not know their Bibles and are only acquainted with God's Word through what they've heard others say about it, they can lose site of the peace that God has for those who set their minds on the things of Christ. 

    Philippians 4:4-9 says, "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you."

    Can you rejoice in the Lord today despite everything that is going on?

    Do you have the peace of God? 

    Is the God of peace with you?

    Take this time to pray to the Lord. Thank Him for "being God" over your circumstances and over the pandemic we are all facing. Pray for loved ones and neighbors who may be sick. Ask God for open doors to the gospel with those you interact with (by phone, email, text, social media). When you do, you will not be obsessing with all that is going wrong but will experience God turning suffering into sanctification as he matures you in your faith and transforms you into the image of Christ through every hardship, challenge, difficulty and trial. 


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "I Will Cling To You" by Herman Witsius

    "From eternity, Lord, did you entertain thoughts of glorifying me, a miserable wretch? I am less than nothing.

    I will carry you forever in my eyes, and always in my heart. I will delight in meditating on you.

    I will cry out, ‘How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How great is the sum of them!’ (Ps 139:17).

    With true repentance, I regret all the hours, days, weeks, months, and years that have passed without one single holy and pleasing thought of you.

    Did you, out of mere love, choose me to salvation? Then I will choose you for my Lord, my King, for the portion of my soul, for my chief—or rather, my only—delight.

    Did you choose me from among so many others, who, left to themselves, face eternal destruction?

    I will make every effort to surpass others in love, in your worship, and in all the duties of holiness. Amen."

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

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