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January 5, 2020

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

Text: Genesis 16-18
Audio: Genesis 16-18

Psalm 25 (ESV)

Of David.

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
    let me not be put to shame;
    let not my enemies exult over me.
Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
    they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
    teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are the God of my salvation;
    for you I wait all the day long.

Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
    for they have been from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
    according to your steadfast love remember me,
    for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!

Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
    and teaches the humble his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
    for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

11 For your name’s sake, O Lord,
    pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12 Who is the man who fears the Lord?
    Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
13 His soul shall abide in well-being,
    and his offspring shall inherit the land.
14 The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,
    and he makes known to them his covenant.
15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
    for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
    bring me out of my distresses.
18 Consider my affliction and my trouble,
    and forgive all my sins.

19 Consider how many are my foes,
    and with what violent hatred they hate me.
20 Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!
    Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
    for I wait for you.

22 Redeem Israel, O God,
    out of all his troubles.

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. Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me (Psalm 25:4).

    Lead Me. Teach Me.

    Today's psalm, at least in part, focuses on God's instruction. David references this at least eight times in Psalm 25:

    1. Make me to know your ways (Psalm 25:4)
    2. Teach me your paths (Psalm 25:4)
    3. Lead me in your truth (Psalm 25:5)
    4. Teach me (Psalm 25:5)
    5. He instructs sinners in the way (Psalm 25:8)
    6. He teaches the humble His way (Psalm 25:9)
    7. Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose (Psalm 25:12)
    8. He makes known to them his covenant (Psalm 25:14)

    Notice verse 9 says, "He teaches the humble His way?" In order to learn you must be teachable which takes humility. 

    Are you teachable? 

    Do you apply what you learn?

    ~ Puritan Prayer ~

    "I Thirst for Grace in Christ" by Isaac Ambrose

    "Merciful Lord God, you are Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. You say “It is done” of things that are yet to come, so faithful and true are your promises.

    You have promised by your own word, out of your own mouth, that to anyone who is thirsty you will give the fountain of the water of life freely.

    O Lord, I thirst. I long for one drop of mercy. As the deer pants for the water, so my soul pants for you, O God, and for your compassion.

    If I had the glory, the wealth, and the pleasure of the whole world—if I had ten thousand lives, joyfully I would lay them down, just to have this poor trembling soul received into the bleeding arms of my blessed Redeemer.

    O Lord, my spirit within me is melted into tears of blood. My heart is splintered in pieces. Out of the place of dragons and of the shadow of death, I lift up my thoughts, heavy and sad, before you."

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

  2. This psalm brings back memories of a time in my life when I did not know God, certainly did not believe in Him, but needed Him desperately. And in that terrible season, I picked up a Bible and began to read the psalms. This psalm is one of those that would've given me hope back then. It's likely I read it, and for the first time began to seek God. Because if the God David was praying to was real, I longed for Him to be MY God. I needed the hope David expresses here in the midst of some very terrible season of his own.

    Today, God is indeed my God, and has proven Himself to be everything David says of Him. 

    While the words of Jeremiah are written to Israel while they were in exile (by the Lord's hand!), they are true for all who seek Him:

    "'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:11-13

    I needed this morning to be reminded of where my help comes from. I prayed this psalm, and am trusting God. I will wait on Him and walk in His ways, in integrity and uprightness.

    "Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare." Jeremiah 29:7

    Yes, Lord.


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