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April 1, 2020

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

Text: 1 Samuel 18-20
Audio: 1 Samuel 18-20

Psalm 112 (ESV)

Praise the Lord!
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
    who greatly delights in his commandments!
His offspring will be mighty in the land;
    the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in his house,
    and his righteousness endures forever.
Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
    he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;
    who conducts his affairs with justice.
For the righteous will never be moved;
    he will be remembered forever.
He is not afraid of bad news;
    his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is steady; he will not be afraid,
    until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor;
    his righteousness endures forever;
    his horn is exalted in honor.
10 The wicked man sees it and is angry;
    he gnashes his teeth and melts away;
    the desire of the wicked will perish!


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. He is not afraid of bad news;
        his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
    8 His heart is steady; he will not be afraid. (Psalm 112:7-8a)

    Bad News

    Lately there has been an abundance of bad news. Today we have surpassed 200,000 Cornavirus cases with over 4,500 death. All major sporting events have been cancelled. We are basically on lockdown – only to go out for supplies and if it's necessary for work. It's hard to find good news if you watch the news. 

    And yet, there is an abundance of good news for those who trust in the Lord, whose heart is firm and steady. It is those who will not be afraid. 

    One of the blessings of our Daily Bible Ministry are the reminders lately to give thanks to the Lord and to praise the Lord. If I was watching the news a lot, this would be challenging. But because I limit how much information I take in while ensuring I'm taking in plenty of the Bible, my outlook is on the good I see in God and not the bad I see about the pandemic. 

    It's not that my head is in the clouds though. I've been self-quarantined for 2 1/2 weeks already. I started early. I'm careful what I touch. I'm very careful where I go – and I'm extremely careful what I watch. 

    My focus is on trying to reposition myself professionally as I've lost nearly all of my income. I continue to look for pastoral opportunities in the state and live in perpetual uncertainty. But one thing I'm certain of – God is in control and He loves me and is with me through my darkest days. I will not be afraid!


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Light Up My Conscience" by David Clarkson

    "Make me understand, Lord, where I have gone wrong. Make me recognize my transgression and my sin. Search me and try me, and then enable me to search and try myself—with fairness, over and over.

    Remove whatever might make me blind, or narrow, or distracted. Light up and awaken my conscience.

    Bring it all together, that I may understand when you contend with me, and with your people, and with these nations. Amen."

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

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