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March 24, 2020

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

Text: Judges 16-18
Audio: Judges 16-18

Psalm 104 (ESV)

Bless the Lord, O my soul!
    Lord my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
    covering yourself with light as with a garment,
    stretching out the heavens like a tent.
He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;
he makes the clouds his chariot;
    he rides on the wings of the wind;
he makes his messengers winds,
    his ministers a flaming fire.

He set the earth on its foundations,
    so that it should never be moved.
You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
    the waters stood above the mountains.
At your rebuke they fled;
    at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.
The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
    to the place that you appointed for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass,
    so that they might not again cover the earth.

10 You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
    they flow between the hills;
11 they give drink to every beast of the field;
    the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell;
    they sing among the branches.
13 From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
    the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.

14 You cause the grass to grow for the livestock
    and plants for man to cultivate,
that he may bring forth food from the earth
15     and wine to gladden the heart of man,
oil to make his face shine
    and bread to strengthen man’s heart.

16 The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly,
    the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17 In them the birds build their nests;
    the stork has her home in the fir trees.
18 The high mountains are for the wild goats;
    the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.

19 He made the moon to mark the seasons;
    the sun knows its time for setting.
20 You make darkness, and it is night,
    when all the beasts of the forest creep about.
21 The young lions roar for their prey,
    seeking their food from God.
22 When the sun rises, they steal away
    and lie down in their dens.
23 Man goes out to his work
    and to his labor until the evening.

24 Lord, how manifold are your works!
    In wisdom have you made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.
25 Here is the sea, great and wide,
    which teems with creatures innumerable,
    living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships,
    and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.

27 These all look to you,
    to give them their food in due season.
28 When you give it to them, they gather it up;
    when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
    when you take away their breath, they die
    and return to their dust.
30 When you send forth your Spirit, they are created,
    and you renew the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
    may the Lord rejoice in his works,
32 who looks on the earth and it trembles,
    who touches the mountains and they smoke!
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
    I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
    for I rejoice in the Lord.
35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
    and let the wicked be no more!
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Praise the Lord!

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. Creator, Sustainer

    Today's psalm focuses on God as creator and sustainer of all things. God's care of his creation is clear from the opening chapter of Genesis through the book of Revelation. 

    God is not like a watchmaker who winds his watches and lets them go to be managed by those who purchase them. Just as God spoke existence into being, He maintains His creation for all time. 

    While the current pandemic brings His involvement (or control) of all things into question for some, God is sovereign. Within His sovereignty, He allows suffering. He allows pandemics. He more than allows these things – they are part of His purpose. 

    Isaiah 55:8-9 says…

    "For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
        neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
    9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
        so are my ways higher than your ways
        and my thoughts than your thoughts."

    Who are we to judge God for what He allows and what He doesn't allow?

    Who are we to judge God for anything?

    Those who are born again can trust that, "for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). 

    Despite uncertainly, sickness and even death, our desire as followers of Christ should be God's glory, not our comfort; and certainly not our will to be our focus while holding God in contempt if He does not obey our demands or desires. He is God, not us.

    When Jesus prayed on the Mont of Olives, "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done" (Luke 22:42), He shows us that while it is right for us to pray to God – and to pray for whatever we are going through – ultimately we must seek God's will in all of our circumstances and entrust ourselves and submit ourselves to His will and authority. 

    I pray we would have a right understanding in these things as uncertainly, sickness and even death surround us. 

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "O Lord, Draw People to Christ" by Joseph Alleine

    "For those who do not know you yet, Lord, grab on to them now, and do your work. Take them by the heart, overcome them, and persuade them, until they say, “You have won. You are stronger than I.”

    Lord, did you not make me a fisher of men? I have worked all this time and caught nothing. Have I spent my strength for nothing?

    I will cast my net one more time. Lord Jesus, stand on the shore and show me how and where to spread my net. Give me the words to enclose the souls I seek, that they will have no way out.

    Now, Lord, for a multitude of souls. Now for a full portion. Lord God, remember me, I pray, and strengthen me, O God. Amen."

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

  2. I'm so sorry to have fallen so far behind! 

    Today, I read Psalm 99 – Psalm 104, and boy did I need that! These chapters gave me clarity, understanding, gratitude and reassurance. 

    I keep telling myself that this tough time is all part of God's plan, and I am very accepting of that. I trust Him, and I ask Him to show me what to do. 

    My household has it's good days and bad days, and I am trying so hard to obey Him, which is incredibly trying at times. But I know that He is teaching me, that He is there, and that is enough for me. 

    I am not in control of this situation that we're in regarding the pandemic, and I am okay with that, but others are really struggling with that. I watch them try to take control over what they can, and it makes things tense. 

    Psalm 102 really spoke to me today. 

    1. Hi, Brynne!

      I’m glad you’re getting caught up. I have been so helped by these psalms lately. I have been praying that you would benefit from all the wisdom found in these readings.

      Your family situation is very complicated. You have to be there to care for Mikey and yet, you have to ensure you’re able to stay “above the fray” so whatever is going on doesn’t consume you or take your focus off of all that God is teaching you.

      I am continuing to uphold you in prayer.

      ~Pastor Scott

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