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March 29, 2020

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

Text: 1 Samuel 9-12
Audio: 1 Samuel 9-12

Psalm 109 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

Be not silent, O God of my praise!
For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me,
    speaking against me with lying tongues.
They encircle me with words of hate,
    and attack me without cause.
In return for my love they accuse me,
    but I give myself to prayer.
So they reward me evil for good,
    and hatred for my love.

Appoint a wicked man against him;
    let an accuser stand at his right hand.
When he is tried, let him come forth guilty;
    let his prayer be counted as sin!
May his days be few;
    may another take his office!
May his children be fatherless
    and his wife a widow!
10 May his children wander about and beg,
    seeking food far from the ruins they inhabit!
11 May the creditor seize all that he has;
    may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil!
12 Let there be none to extend kindness to him,
    nor any to pity his fatherless children!
13 May his posterity be cut off;
    may his name be blotted out in the second generation!
14 May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord,
    and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out!
15 Let them be before the Lord continually,
    that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth!

16 For he did not remember to show kindness,
    but pursued the poor and needy
    and the brokenhearted, to put them to death.
17 He loved to curse; let curses come upon him!
    He did not delight in blessing; may it be far from him!
18 He clothed himself with cursing as his coat;
    may it soak into his body like water,
    like oil into his bones!
19 May it be like a garment that he wraps around him,
    like a belt that he puts on every day!
20 May this be the reward of my accusers from the Lord,
    of those who speak evil against my life!

21 But you, O God my Lord,
    deal on my behalf for your name’s sake;
    because your steadfast love is good, deliver me!
22 For I am poor and needy,
    and my heart is stricken within me.
23 I am gone like a shadow at evening;
    I am shaken off like a locust.
24 My knees are weak through fasting;
    my body has become gaunt, with no fat.
25 I am an object of scorn to my accusers;
    when they see me, they wag their heads.

26 Help me, O Lord my God!
    Save me according to your steadfast love!
27 Let them know that this is your hand;
    you, O Lord, have done it!
28 Let them curse, but you will bless!
    They arise and are put to shame, but your servant will be glad!
29 May my accusers be clothed with dishonor;
    may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a cloak!

30 With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord;
    I will praise him in the midst of the throng.
31 For he stands at the right hand of the needy one,
    to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.

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 not silent, O God of my praise! (Psalm 109:1)

    The Sound of Silence

    Today's psalm opens with the reality that at times God can appear to be silent. David's prayer is that God would not be silent as he is being falsely accused – presumably by Saul. Like David, we may find ourselves crying out to God and pleading with Him in prayer but we may not get an answer (or the answer we were looking for). 

    One of the reasons God may seem to be far off and distant from us is because of our sin. 

    Psalm 66:18 says…

    "If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
        the Lord would not have listened."

    Isaiah 59:1-2 says…

    Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save,
        or his ear dull, that it cannot hear;
    2 but your iniquities have made a separation
        between you and your God,
    and your sins have hidden his face from you
        so that he does not hear.

    Another reason God may be silent is we're not praying for God's will to be done but are asking God (or demanding Him) to do something specific when His will may be something entirely different. While it's okay to pray for God to do something specific for us, our position should always be for the will of God to be done in all things no matter what we're going through.

    God can also appear to be silent because He is answering our prayers but according to His time, not ours. God knows what's best for us and for those we are praying for. He is not a cosmic genie waiting to grant us three wishes, nor is he a short-order cook waiting to take our prayer orders like we're out for breakfast. 

    God does respond to our prayers – even when He seems to be silent. His response might be delayed and it might be "no" or not exactly what we prayed for. But we should continue to pray to Him as we are commanded to pray, "at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints" (Ephesians 6:18). In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 we are encouraged to "pray without ceasing."

    I have found prolonged periods of suffering and trials to be the greatest times of spiritual growth. I can look at recent events in my life and how I have been impacted by uncertainty. I may pray to God specifically but ultimately my prayer is for patience and deepened faith as I wait on the Lord.

    Finally, God is never truly silent as we have his complete revelation in Scripture. Many people neglect the Bible and instead seek “new revelations” from God even though the Holy Spirit has already spoken through the apostles and prophets, with Christ as the cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20), He has already given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

    As the entire scope of God’s redemptive plan has been revealed in the Word of God, we need to know the book in order to live by the book. When we know what God has already said, we will be better equipped to pray in accordance to His will and will be content even if He is silent when we pray.

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Cleanse Me, Emmanuel" by Robert Hawker

    "Dear Emmanuel, in whom alone, and by whom alone, all my hopes and confidences are founded: I fall down at your feet. As the prophet cried out, so I desire unceasingly to exclaim, 'I am a man of unclean lips!'

    But if you cause the iniquity to be taken away, and my sin to be purged from me, I will be clean. For you are our New Testament altar.

    You are the Lord my righteousness. Precious Jesus, you are the Alpha and Omega.

    Even as the Father made you the glorious covenant head of your people in the beginning of his way, so be my all in all. My first and last. The Author and Finisher of my faith.

    Precious Lord! May I, like Paul, be able to say, “Not as though I had already attained”—because I long to catch up to and hold fast to you, Christ Jesus, even as you have caught up to and held fast to me.

    So come, Lord Jesus, to your bride, the church. Be the fountain of life to all your redeemed, until you bring your church below to join your church above, so they will dwell together in the light of your countenance, forever, amen."

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

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