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May 8, 2020

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

Text: 1 Chronicles 22-24
Audio: 1 Chronicles 22-24

Psalm 128 (ESV)

A Song of Ascents.

Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
    who walks in his ways!
You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
    you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
    within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
    around your table.
Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
    who fears the Lord.

The Lord bless you from Zion!
    May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life!
May you see your children’s children!
    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. Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
        who walks in his ways!

    Walking in God's Ways

    Today is another short but powerful psalm. The opening verse, along with verse four, use a phrase common in Scripture which refers to fearing the Lord. While many Scriptures speak of the terror and severity of God, especially concerning His justice and wrath, we learn that to "fear the Lord" also means to walk in His ways. 

    Reverence and awe typically define this type of fear. Believers do not walk through life afraid of God, as if He is a brutal taskmaster watching and waiting for His children to error, only to inflict punishment for every infraction. 

    And yet, the Bible is clear that to fear God is to follow Him. Revere Him as God. Be in awe of His holiness, and regarding Him as Lord, and walk in His ways.

    If we have been born again, we should not live in fear of God condemning us because of sin. However, if we sin freely, without conviction, or godly sorrow, and we disregard the righteous requirements of the law that will be fulfilled in us, we may need to question the validity of our belief, and the lack of reverence and awe for God and His Word.

    Romans 8:1-8 says, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God."

    The fruit of fearing God is the impact it has on our lives. A belief of the mind that does not transform our lives is not a belief that saves us from the wrath of God.

    2 Corinthians 13:5 says, "Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!"

    If we have reverence and awe of God, we will not only desire to walk in His ways, but we will be able to walk in His ways because the Holy Spirit gives us the desire and ability to do so. In Christ, we are set free, not so we can go on living as a hostile enemy of God, but walking in freedom and harmony as His children.

    Do we realize how profound this is? 

    Before Christ, we were limping our way through life, going from one sin to the next, with a complete disregard for God and "His ways." We lived for ourselves. We served ourselves. We fed our sinful desires, and our insatiable appetite for more ungodliness was unimpeded until God intervened in our lives.

    He drew us to Himself.
    He stopped the downward slide.
    He pursued us.
    He gave us eyes to see.
    He gave us ears to hear.
    He forgave our sins.
    He gave us a new heart.
    He saved our souls.
    He began a work in us.
    He is sanctifying us.
    He will complete this work in us.
    He gives us a desire to walk in His ways. 
    He is teaching us how to walk in His ways. 

    Friend, are you walking in His ways?


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Preserve Us, God" by John Robinson

    "Through Christ, the only master and teacher of his church, to you be praise forever.

    God the Father, for your Son Christ’s sake, show your mercy every time we stray. Reveal our sins to us more and more. Keep us in, and lead us to your truth.

    Show us how to be faithful in everything we have received, whether it be less or more, and preserve us against all the scandals the whole world is filled with. Amen."

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

  2. I love this Psalm! The more I learn about God, the more I want to follow His laws and walk with Christ. 

    God's love, forgiveness and mercy blow my mind every day. When I pray in the morning, tears often come because I am in such awe and I am so endlessly grateful. 

    God brought me through the fire, opened my eyes, and gave me a peace I've never experienced before. 

    I don't deserve a single thing He provides for me or blesses me with. I could never earn His love or forgiveness, and so He provided His very own Son to save me! I mean, seriously, that is incredible! And to God goes all the glory! 

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