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May 23, 2020

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

Text: Ezra 8-10
Audio: Ezra 8-10

Psalm 143 (ESV)

A Psalm of David.

Hear my prayer, O Lord;
    give ear to my pleas for mercy!
    In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!
Enter not into judgment with your servant,
    for no one living is righteous before you.

For the enemy has pursued my soul;
    he has crushed my life to the ground;
    he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
Therefore my spirit faints within me;
    my heart within me is appalled.

I remember the days of old;
    I meditate on all that you have done;
    I ponder the work of your hands.
I stretch out my hands to you;
    my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah

Answer me quickly, O Lord!
    My spirit fails!
Hide not your face from me,
    lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
    for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
    for to you I lift up my soul.

Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord!
    I have fled to you for refuge.
10 Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God!
Let your good Spirit lead me
    on level ground!

11 For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life!
    In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!
12 And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies,
    and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
    for I am your servant.


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. You Answer Me

    Father of mercy
    Hear my pleas
    Hear my cries
    For relief

    Nothing deserved
    Nothing earned
    Only because
    You are faithful

    In your righteousness
    In your faithfulness
    You answer me

    In your righteousness
    In your faithfulness
    You answer me
     

  2. Long before David wrote this psalm, Moses, at the end of his life, commissioned Joshua to lead the wandering nation of Israel into the land of Canaan (today called Israel). Moses encouraged Joshua to trust God, and to not allow fear to rule him or his decisions:

    "Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, 'Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.'” Deuteronomy 31:7-8

    I remember reading the first 5 books of the Bible and seeing, time and again, how God blessed His servants, and destroyed those who rebelled against Him. Because David was of Israel, he knew those stories well. They were part of his heritage and the history of God’s people. 

    And so in Psalm 143:5, even as he is "appalled" at all that has transpired against him, David is remembering and meditating on all God has done for His people!

    "I remember the days of old;
        I meditate on all that you have done;
        I ponder the work of your hands." Psalm 143:5

    David’s psalm turns from being filled with dread, to remembering what God has done, to placing the full weight of his faith in God for deliverance. His confidence in God comes from a place of faith in God, humility before God, and obedience to God. He knows that "where flesh may fail," God is able to do the impossible.

    On the other hand, when we place our faith in ourselves and our own devices, we should be filled with fear. When we choose to go our own way instead of God's way, we should expect calamity. 

    David prays:

    "Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
        for in you I trust.
    Make me know the way I should go,
        for to you I lift up my soul.

    Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord!
        I have fled to you for refuge.
    Teach me to do your will,
        for you are my God!
    Let your good Spirit lead me
        on level ground!

    For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life!
        In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!
    And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies,
        and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
        for I am your servant." Psalm 143:8-12

    I can have that same trust in God because I am His in Christ. As Moses reminded Joshua, I can know that where God leads me, I can go with confidence, because He has already gone before Me. When my desire is to only serve Him — not myself and my own self-interests or glory — I can trust He will provide all I need for whatever I am doing for His name's sake.

    God is faithful!!

  3.  Teach me to do your will,
        for you are my God!
    Let your good Spirit lead me
        on level ground!

    Yes! I've been asking God for guidance, and I feel like He has answered me pretty clearly. 

    My ways of "dealing" with problems in the past were very different than they are now. Not only do I feel as though I'm handling things in the best way possible, but I feel like I'm helping others to cope much better than they would have alone. 

    That's not done with my strength or power, though; every bit of power in me comes directly from God. I am so grateful!

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