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December 24, 2019

Please read today’s Scriptures and use the comment section on this page to share your insights from today’s reading. You can also just mention a verse that impacted you or post a question!

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

Text: 1 John 1-5
Audio: 1 John 1-5

Psalm 13 (ESV)

For the choir director. A psalm of David.

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long will I store up anxious concerns within me,
agony in my mind every day?
How long will my enemy dominate me?

Consider me and answer, Lord my God.
Restore brightness to my eyes;
otherwise, I will sleep in death.
My enemy will say, “I have triumphed over him,”
and my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.

But I have trusted in your faithful love;
my heart will rejoice in your deliverance.
I will sing to the Lord
because he has treated me generously.

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  1. When the Lord is Far Off

    In today's psalm , David longs for the closeness of the Lord. His anxious thoughts are piling up and cause him agony every day. I wonder if the enemies he is speaking of in Psalm 13:2 include these anxious thoughts and not those who were hunting him physically?

    Peace over (and in) all circumstances is one blessing that continues to blow me away. It seems the more things disrupt my peace, the more peace I have (which is the opposite of having peace because all is well). 

    I'm grateful that anxiety doesn't haunt me as it once did. 

    I'm grateful that I experience closeness to the Lord. 

    I'm grateful when I don't experience His closeness, I can tell. 

    I'm grateful when I cry out to Him, He is there every time. 

     

    Have you ever felt like God was far off?

    Have you cried out to Him?

  2. As always, this is the perfect chapter for me today. 

    Yesterday my spirits took a nosedive. I was emotional, angry, frustrated, resentful and exhausted. How horrible it is to feel that way. 

    I began my day in tears, in prayer, asking God to please help me with the day ahead, to let me shine Jesus' light despite how I was feeling. And things went along really well. Until they didn't. 

    I know I'm tired, I know I need a break from this house, I know it's harder when I'm away from church and don't experience fellowship, especially at Christmas. 

    But I also know that God is always there for me. I go straight to Him in prayer, and I ask Him to show me the way and give me wisdom to navigate.

    Today is Christmas Eve, and the next few days are always an exciting, happy time in my clan. I need to pray that God will constantly remind me of the true meaning of Christmas, and the things that are unimportant will fall away. I want to be present and not distracted, and I want to focus on what really matters. 

    And I cannot WAIT to get to church tonight!!!!!!! 

    Merry Christmas to all! 

  3. Thanks for sharing, Brynne. I'm sorry you had a rough day. 

    It's true when you're not in fellowship it can have a negative affect on your life. You've missed a lot of meetings lately for one reason or another. Caring for your family is God's work but missing church is part of how you are equipped for this service spiritually (as you know). 

    I hope you guys consider getting help Sunday mornings so you don't have to miss church so often. This will also help your mom be in fellowship as I know she has missed a lot as well.

    Praying for you all.

    Merry Christmas!

  4. "My enemy will say, 'I have triumphed over him,'
    and my foes will rejoice because I am shaken."

    I can't help but think of Jesus on the cross, and how His enemies rejoiced at His "death."

    But at the moment He breathed His last — as He said, "It is finished" — the curtain in the temple was torn. Where priests had for thousands of years been unable to enter in God's presence on behalf of His people without purifying themselves, God had provided in Christ a once-for-all sacrifice in the blood of His own son.

    And now, all who are in Christ by faith are clothed in His righteousness, and have Jesus to intercede for us (Romans 8:34). We have the freedom to come into God’s throne room with confidence:

    "Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrew 4:14-16

    David's confidence came from his trust in God, and in God's promises. David knew that no matter what happened, and no matter what his enemies did or said, he was God's own. His deliverance was certain, even in death. 

    "But I have trusted in your faithful love;
    my heart will rejoice in your deliverance.
    I will sing to the Lord
    because he has treated me generously."

    I am so glad God has given me this same confidence. Even when this life is hard, I know where my help comes from (Psalm 121:1). I see God's generosity toward me, and don't want to ever take any of His good gifts for granted (James 1:17). He is my strength and my portion (Psalm 73:26), while I live for His glory and serve Him. And when this life ends, I will enter into the joy of His presence forever and ever (Matthew 25:23).

    And like David, I rejoice!  

     

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