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May 15, 2020

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New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: 2 Chronicles 18-20
Audio: 2 Chronicles 18-20

Psalm 135 (ESV)

Praise the Lord!
Praise the name of the Lord,
    give praise, O servants of the Lord,
who stand in the house of the Lord,
    in the courts of the house of our God!
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
    sing to his name, for it is pleasant!
For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,
    Israel as his own possession.

For I know that the Lord is great,
    and that our Lord is above all gods.
Whatever the Lord pleases, he does,
    in heaven and on earth,
    in the seas and all deeps.
He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth,
    who makes lightnings for the rain
    and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.

He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
    both of man and of beast;
who in your midst, O Egypt,
    sent signs and wonders
    against Pharaoh and all his servants;
10 who struck down many nations
    and killed mighty kings,
11 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
    and Og, king of Bashan,
    and all the kingdoms of Canaan,
12 and gave their land as a heritage,
    a heritage to his people Israel.

13 Your name, O Lord, endures forever,
    your renown, O Lord, throughout all ages.
14 For the Lord will vindicate his people
    and have compassion on his servants.

15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
    the work of human hands.
16 They have mouths, but do not speak;
    they have eyes, but do not see;
17 they have ears, but do not hear,
    nor is there any breath in their mouths.
18 Those who make them become like them,
    so do all who trust in them.

19 O house of Israel, bless the Lord!
    O house of Aaron, bless the Lord!
20 O house of Levi, bless the Lord!
    You who fear the Lord, bless the Lord!
21 Blessed be the Lord from Zion,
    he who dwells in Jerusalem!
Praise 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. He It Was…

    Today's psalm focuses on worshiping God as He is revealed in Scripture – sovereign over everything. 

    God rules over all the earth, the seas and all deeps (Psalm 135:6). 

    God is sovereign over nature (Psalm 135:7). 

    And then, in Psalm 135:8 we read:

    God "struck down the firstborn of Egypt; both of man and of beast."

    This is a reference to Exodus 12:29 which says…

    "At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the livestock."

    Notice it doesn't say that God "allowed" the firstborn in the land of Egypt to be stuck down but the LORD did this.

    This is even more interesting as Exodus 12:23 says, "For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians, and when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you."

    So God takes full responsibility for striking down the firstborn in all of Egypt who did not have blood on the lintel and the doorposts even though the destroyer is the one who entered the houses to strike them. 

    It's the same with Jesus. The Sanhedrin did not kill Jesus. Pontius Pilate did not kill Jesus. The Jews did not kill Jesus. God did. 

    Just as God takes full responsibility for killing the firstborn in all of Egypt (not the destroyer), God takes full responsibility for killing the "firstborn from the dead," (not the Jews, Pilate or anyone else).

    Colossians 1:18 identifies Jesus as the "head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent."

    Revelation 1:5 says, "Jesus Christ [is] the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood."

    Romans 8:32 says, "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?"

    The Preacher's Commentary provides the following insight into today's psalm:

    "The true worship of God must come from a true knowledge of God. We are so slovenly in our worship, because we are so slovenly [careless] in our thinking…Why are we so careless in our approach to God? The answer is that we know little of the God into whose presence we come. Ignorant of His majesty and power, mindless of His splendor and grace, we stumble into His presence in order to mumble through a few rote prayers and weakly join in a hymn or two while we check out the audience and see who is there."

    I pray we would know God as He is revealed in Scripture and not make up a god in our own minds who we have determined is worthy of our worship. 

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "A Prayer of Everyday Gratitude"

    "O LORD, I marvel that thou shouldst become incarnate,
        be crucified, dead, and buried.
    The sepulchre calls forth my adoring wonder,
      for it is empty and thou art risen;
      the four-fold gospel attests it,
      the living witnesses prove it,
      my heart’s experience knows it.
    Give me to die with thee that I may rise to new life,
      for I wish to be as dead and buried
        to sin, to selfishness, to the world;
      that I might not hear the voice of the charmer,
        and might be delivered from his lusts.
    O Lord, there is much ill about me — crucify it,
      much flesh within me — mortify it."

    (Excerpt taken Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

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