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May 5, 2020

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

Text: 1 Chronicles 12-14
Audio: 1 Chronicles 12-14

Psalm 125 (ESV)

A Song of Ascents.

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
    which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
    so the Lord surrounds his people,
    from this time forth and forevermore.
For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest
    on the land allotted to the righteous,
lest the righteous stretch out
    their hands to do wrong.
Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
    and to those who are upright in their hearts!
But those who turn aside to their crooked ways
    the Lord will lead away with evildoers!
    Peace be upon Israel!

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. Do You Trust in the Lord?

    Today's psalm begins with the psalmist describing people who trust in the Lord. He says of them:

    1. They can't be moved (Psalm 125:1)

    2. They abide forever (Psalm 125:1)

    3. The Lord surrounds them forever (Psalm 125:2)

    4. The Lord provides for them (Psalm 125:3)

    5. They will still have the capacity to sin (Psalm 125:3)

    6. They are good and upright in heart (Psalm 125:4)

    7. They will have peace with God (Psalm 125:5)

    While some people trust in the Lord more than others and may have a deeper, stronger, and a more mature faith, the very essence of what it means to trust in the Lord is to have faith in the Lord. It's not the amount of trust we have or the amount of faith that is important, but who our trust and faith is in that really matters

    Jesus said in Matthew 17:20 "if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”

    To put our trust in the Lord means we believe what He has revealed about Himself in Scripture and trust in His sovereign authority over every event that happens in life. 

    We don't have to understand why God allows things to happen to trust in Him. We don't even have to agree with or like, what God does in order to trust Him.

    When we trust in the Lord, it overrides our natural bent towards worry, being double-minded, and living in fear in the midst of uncertainty, suffering, trauma, drama, temptation, and sin. It allows us to get beyond our limited understanding or what we think is possible because our trust is in the God who created all things and sustains all things.

    Like a child learning how to ride a bike for the first time, when we learn to trust in the Lord and experience "life without the training wheels," we will fall. We may get discouraged. We may even fear to get back on the bike and want the training wheels on again to help us not fall. 

    However, the Lord wants us to trust Him without training wheels and experience the joy and freedom of genuinely trusting Him with our lives on this earth and in the life to come when we die.

    Trusting God does not mean we have blind faith. Contrary to the misconceptions of many in our world, the faith of followers of Jesus Christ is not blind, but is found in God's Word, and grounded in His character. 

    We don't have to understand everything to trust in the Lord, but we don't just trust in the Lord without knowing anything.

    Jesus said in John 14:26, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you."

    This is why believers must read and study our Bibles. 

    Only in the pages of Scripture can we learn who God is and what He has done. Only in Scripture can we begin the journey of trusting in Him instead of trusting in ourselves, in imperfect people around us, or in things that make us feel better when we face adversity and uncertainty but do not deal with the problems of life.

    But as I mentioned earlier, God wants us to trust in Him not only for our lives here on earth but in the one to come. 

    Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

    Ephesians 2:8-9 says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast."

    When we put our faith in Jesus Christ for our salvation, we are trusting God with the most important aspect of our lives, which is where we will spend eternity.

    Are you trusting in the Lord for your salvation?

    Have you put your faith in Jesus Christ so you may be saved?

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "A Prayer as We Awake" by Arthur Dent

    "O Lord our God and Heavenly Father! We, your unworthy children, come into your most holy and heavenly presence to give you praise and glory for your great mercies and blessings—especially that you have preserved us this night past and have given us quiet rest to our bodies, and brought us now safely to the beginning of this day.

    Lord, open our eyes every day more and more to see and consider your great and marvelous love to us, that our hearts may be drawn yet nearer to you—even more to love you, fear you, and obey you.

    Give us the faith to believe all the great and precious promises made in the gospel. Strengthen us from above to walk in all the true and sound fruits of faith. Let us not walk in the flesh, but in the Spirit.

    Have mercy on us, and never leave us to ourselves, nor to our own wills, lusts, or desires. Help us with your good Spirit, that we may continue to the end, be received into glory, and partake of that immortal crown you have laid up for all who love you. Amen."

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

  2. I really do trust God. He has always been a constant in my life, even when I thought He had abandoned me, because although I believed in Him, knew He was there, believed that Christ died on the cross to save us all – my eyes had not yet been opened. 

    Now they are, and I love and trust Him with all my heart. The peace that I now experience is in such stark contrast to what my life once was. There is no question in my mind that He is always with me, and He always will be. 

  3. "Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
        which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
    As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
        so the Lord surrounds his people,
        from this time forth and forevermore."

    When I read this psalm yesterday, I was struck by the psalmist comparing those who trust in the Lord to Mount Zion, the highest point in Jerusalem, because it "cannot be moved," and "abides forever."

    Further study of this psalm taught me that the mountains surrounding Jerusalem offered a level of defense against enemies. Any enemies coming against the city would have to get past those mountains first. 

    A lot of spiritual implications in just these two verses!! 



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