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December 22, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: 1 Peter 1-5
Audio: 1 Peter 1-5

Psalm 11 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. Of David.

In the Lord I take refuge;
how can you say to my soul,
    “Flee like a bird to your mountain,
for behold, the wicked bend the bow;
    they have fitted their arrow to the string
    to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
if the foundations are destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?”

The Lord is in his holy temple;
    the Lord‘s throne is in heaven;
    his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
The Lord tests the righteous,
    but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
Let him rain coals on the wicked;
    fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
    the upright shall behold his face.

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  1. In the Lord I Take Refuge

    The first line in today's song from Psalm 11 finds David taking refuge in the Lord. To find refuge is to find safety and shelter from pursuit, danger or trouble. David certainly was in pursuit as we remember King David hunting him down to kill him. He lived in great danger and trouble and we are blessed to have his "journal" capturing the reflections of his soul during this challenging time in his life. 

    This reminds of me of that wonderful phrase which is found eighty-nine times in the New Testament: "in Christ."

    Here is a link to my search results for "in Christ" at esv.org:

    https://www.esv.org/search/?q=%22in+christ%22

    Here is an excerpt from R.C. Sproul's teaching series, "Justified by Faith Alone" where he explains what it means to be in Christ:

    “You maybe have already learned in your Greek classes…two of the simple prepositions in Greek are the preposition eis or the preposition en — is the anglified way of saying it. But what’s the difference? When the Bible tells us to believe in Christ; it tells us to believe into. Now to be in this room right now we are inside the room, but to come to be in this place, we had to come through that door. And when we were on the other side of that door, we weren’t in here. We had to move; we had to move from out there to in here. And that movement in Greek would be eis. You move into something. And we are called to believe into Jesus in our justification.

    "Because when we believe into Jesus, then what happens? We are now as Paul speaks of again and again—in Christ en Christo. We are in Christ and Christ is in us. And so this is part of the grand consequence of our justification. For everyone who is justified is now brought from outside to inside and we are in Christ. I am in Christ, and if you’re a Christian, you are in Christ.

    "And that defines how we are to relate one to another. Because how can I hate somebody who’s in Christ if I am in Christ? How can we hate each other? We’ve got to be able to love each other because together we have been justified, and we’ve been brought into this family. And I’m in Jesus, He is in me. You are in Him, and He is in you."

    Have you taken refuge in the safety of the Lord?

    Are you in Christ?
     

  2. "In the Lord I take refuge;
    how can you say to my soul,
        'Flee like a bird to your mountain,
    2 for behold, the wicked bend the bow;
        they have fitted their arrow to the string
        to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
    3 if the foundations are destroyed,
        what can the righteous do?'”

    The psalmist is speaking truth to the voice of fear, wherever it is coming from. The rest of the psalm has him reminding the "voice of fear" that God is on the throne and in complete control. The psalmist has no reason to fear the wicked because he knows God is on his side. 

    "Say to those with anxious heart,
    'Take courage, fear not.
    Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
    The recompense of God will come,
    But He will save you.'” Isaiah 35:4

    ~

    "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

    ~

    "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I fear no evil, for You are with me;
    Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4

     

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