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March 28, 2020

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

Text: 1 Samuel 4-8
Audio: 1 Samuel 4-8

Psalm 108 (ESV)

A Song. A Psalm of David.

My heart is steadfast, O God!
    I will sing and make melody with all my being!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
    I will awake the dawn!
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
    I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your steadfast love is great above the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!
That your beloved ones may be delivered,
    give salvation by your right hand and answer me!

God has promised in his holiness:
    “With exultation I will divide up Shechem
    and portion out the Valley of Succoth.
Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim is my helmet,
    Judah my scepter.
Moab is my washbasin;
    upon Edom I cast my shoe;
    over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

10 Who will bring me to the fortified city?
    Who will lead me to Edom?
11 Have you not rejected us, O God?
    You do not go out, O God, with our armies.
12 Oh grant us help against the foe,
    for vain is the salvation of man!
13 With God we shall do valiantly;
    it is he who will tread down our foes.

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. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
        Let your glory be over all the earth!
    6 That your beloved ones may be delivered,
        give salvation by your right hand and answer me! (Psalm 108:5-6).

    Give Salvation By Your Right Hand

    The phrase "right hand of God" is used throughout Scripture and signifies God's sovereignty and power over everything. 

    "Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power,
        your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy" (Exodus 15:6).

    "My hand laid the foundation of the earth,
        and my right hand spread out the heavens;
    when I call to them,
        they stand forth together" (Isaiah 48:13).

    Knowing that God is in control and nothing that happens in this world outside of His sovereign will should bring us great comfort – especially with all the changes to our lives during this pandemic. 

    Isaiah 41:8-10 says…

    "But you, Israel, my servant,
        Jacob, whom I have chosen,
        the offspring of Abraham, my friend;
    9 you whom I took from the ends of the earth,
        and called from its farthest corners,
    saying to you, “You are my servant,
        I have chosen you and not cast you off”;
    10 fear not, for I am with you;
        be not dismayed, for I am your God;
    I will strengthen you, I will help you,
        I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

    When God tells us through the prophet Isaiah to "fear not," it's because He is with us, He is strengthening us, He is helping us, and He upholding us with his "righteous right hand" (Isaiah 41:10). 

    There are other verses which mention Jesus being at the right hand of God…

    Acts 2:33, "Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing."

    Before Stephen was cast out of the city and stoned to death, Acts 7:55-56 says, "But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God."

    Romans 8:34 "Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us."

    Ephesians 1:19-21 "and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come."

    Colossians 3:1 "If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God."

    Hebrews 1:3, "He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high."

    Hebrews 8:1, "Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven."

    Hebrews 10:12, "But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God."

    Hebrews 12:2, "looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God."

    1 Peter 3:22, "who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him."

    Jesus said in Revelation 3:21 "The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne."

    In the Westminster Larger Catechism (Question 54), "How is Christ exalted in his sitting at the right hand of God?", it says:

    "Christ is exalted in his sitting at the right hand of God, in that as God-man he is advanced to the highest favor with God the Father, with all fullness of joy, glory, and power over all things in heaven and earth; and doth gather and defend his church, and subdue their enemies; furnisheth his ministers and people with gifts and graces, and maketh intercession for them."

    In his Institutes (2.16.15), theologian John Calvin explains that "Christ was invested with lordship over heaven and earth, and solemnly entered into possession of the government committed to him — and that he not only entered into possession once for all, but continues in it, until he shall come down on Judgment Day."

    As Jesus is at the right hand of the Father, His ministry to us (and for us) continues on throughout our lives!

    1 John 2:1 says, "My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."

    The reality that Christ is our advocate who intercedes for us at the right hand of the Father is why Christians should never pray to saints or Mary (as the Roman Catholics do) since Christ is the One who intercedes for us – not Mary or saints.

    As David prayed that God's, "beloved ones may be delivered" and that God would "give salvation by your right hand and answer me" (Psalm 108:6), let us pray to God through Jesus Christ for help in our times of need and trust that He hears us and will answer us -even in His silence. 

    Speaking of silence, we will consider this in our reading tomorrow.

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Help Our Witness" by John Bunyan

    "Lord, we profess the faith, and yet care not for the dying. We profess, and yet long not for the coming of the day of God. We profess, and yet by our whole life show to them that can see how little a measure of it we have in our hearts.

    Lord, lead us more into the power of things. Then the virtues of him who has saved us, and called us out of darkness into his marvelous light, will be made known to others. Amen."

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

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