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May 9, 2020

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New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: 1 Chronicles 25-27
Audio: 1 Chronicles 25-27

Psalm 129 (ESV)

A Song of Ascents.

“Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth”—
    let Israel now say—
“Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth,
    yet they have not prevailed against me.
The plowers plowed upon my back;
    they made long their furrows.”
The Lord is righteous;
    he has cut the cords of the wicked.
May all who hate Zion
    be put to shame and turned backward!
Let them be like the grass on the housetops,
    which withers before it grows up,
with which the reaper does not fill his hand
    nor the binder of sheaves his arms,
nor do those who pass by say,
    “The blessing of the Lord be upon you!
    We bless you in the name of the Lord!”


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. The Lord is Righteous

    Today's psalm is a reminder of the affliction of Israel followed with a curse upon its enemies. Sandwiched in between is the following verse:

    Psalm 129:4

    "The Lord is righteous;
        he has cut the cords of the wicked."

    As the Preacher's Commentary states, the word "righteous" here means, "God is true to His covenant with Israel. He is her mighty King who comes to rescue her from her tormentors. He breaks the cords that the wicked have used to bind her and sets her free."

    Time and time again, then Lord intervened on behalf of Israel. He never abandoned his people – no matter how wayward or rebellious they were.

    Christ cut the cords of the curse for us on the cross so we can be reconciled to God through faith in Jesus. If we are born again, he will never abandon us – no matter how wayward or rebellious we are.

    Philippians 1:6 says, "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."

    This work begins the moment you put your faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and are born again. 

    This work is the life-long work of God to conform His children into the likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ. This "perfecting work" of God in our lives results in believers not being wayward and rebellious, but being lovers of God and worshippers. 

    Although no one will achieve sinless perfection in this life, we are being perfected and transformed into the image of Christ. If God's sanctifying work is not part of your faith, and there has never been a genuine change in your life because of your faith, then there is no evidence that your faith is saving faith. 

    2 Corinthians 13:5 says we need to, "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!"

    GotQuestions.org has a helpful outline from 1 John that help people examine ourselves:

    1. Do you enjoy having fellowship with Christ and His redeemed people? (1 John 1:3)

    2. Would people say you walk in the light, or walk in the darkness? (1 John 1:6-7)

    3. Do you admit and confess your sin? (1 John 1:8)

    4. Are you obedient to God’s Word? (1 John 2:3-5)

    5. Does your life indicate you love God rather than the world? (1 John 2:15)

    6. Is your life characterized by "doing what is right"? (1 John 2:29)

    7. Do you seek to maintain a pure life? (1 John 3:3)

    8. Do you see a decreasing pattern of sin in your life? (1 John 3:5-6) [Note: this refers to not continuing in sin as a way of life, not a total absence of sin.]

    9. Do you demonstrate love for other Christians? (1 John 3:14)

    10. Do you "walk the walk," versus just "talking the talk"? (1 John 3:18-19)

    11. Do you maintain a clear conscience? (1 John 3:21)

    12. Do you experience victory in your Christian walk? (1 John 5:4)

    "If you are able to truthfully answer "Yes" to these questions (or a majority of them, and are working on the others), then your life is bearing the fruit of true salvation. Jesus said that it is by our fruits that we are known as His disciples (Matthew 7:20)."

    Here is a link to the entire article: 

    https://www.gotquestions.org/signs-saving-faith.html

    I pray we all examine ourselves, daily, to see if we're in the faith. We should never assume or presume on God. Many believe they are Christians, but unless there is evidence of faith, there is probably no faith at all.

    Faith without evidence is evidence we are without faith.


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Where Could We Ever Hide From You" by Matthew Henry

    "No one can hide in secret places that you cannot see, for you fill heaven and earth. You are not far from every one of us. We cannot go anywhere that is beyond your presence, nor flee from your Spirit.

    O God, you have searched us and known us. You know when we sit down and when we get up. You understand our thoughts from afar. You surround our path and our lying-down, and you know all our ways. You know every word we speak. Darkness and light are both alike to you. Such knowledge is too wonderful for us. Amen."

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

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