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December 27, 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: Revelation 4-8
Audio: Revelation 4-8

Psalm 16 (ESV)

A Miktam of David.

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    I have no good apart from you.”

As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
    in whom is all my delight.

The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;
    their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
    or take their names on my lips.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
    you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
    in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me;
    because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
    my flesh also dwells secure.
10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
    or let your holy one see corruption.

11 You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

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  1. I bless the Lord who gives me counsel (Psalm 16:7a)

    The Lord's Counsel

    If there is one thing that is in vogue in our culture it is counseling. Many people meet with a counselor weekly to talk about problems and get advice. Did you know the Bible has a lot to say about counseling?

    Jesus said in Matthew 28:18-20, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

    What is known as the "Great Commission" includes a call for believers to counsel others. This is not necessarily in the professional context (with a sign out front and a leather couch on the inside), but in the context of discipleship. 

    In an article at BiblicalCounselingCoalition.org, it says, "We not only teach believers what Jesus commands and that they must obey His commands; we also teach them how to obey His commands. We help God’s people do God’s Word—in detailed practical ways in their specific life situation."

    Discipleship includes people coming to faith in Christ (with baptism being an act of obedience to Him as Lord), and teaching people to observe (obey) all that Christ commands. 

    Jesus' teaching is not only to be taught with words but modeled in our lives as we disciple people. 

    We are also to teach others to obey all that Christ commands – not just the ones we want to. 

  2. "I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
        in the night also my heart instructs me."

    Our world is not lacking in places to get counsel or people willing to offer it. But if those sources of counsel aren't the clear principles and commands from God's word, sought prayerfully, we need to beware of the "wisdom" we listen to. Biblical wisdom should be the underpinning of any counsel we seek out, listen to, or apply to our own situations or needs or the situations and needs of others.

    On trusting and depending on the wisdom of the world, or of ungodly men and women, instead of the wisdom found in God’s word:

    “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.” Psalm 1:1-5

    On trusting our own wisdom instead of the wisdom found in God’s word:

    “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” Proverbs 28:26

    On the qualities and characteristics of biblical and Spirit-filled wisdom:

    “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17

    “The biblical counselor must always remember that the ROOT problem is deeper than skin; it is sin. The ultimate cure is not culture, but Christ.” James MacDonald, “Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling: Changing Lives with God’s Changeless Truth”

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