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January 7, 2020

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

Text: Genesis 22-24
Audio: Genesis 22-24

Psalm 27 (ESV)

Of David.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
    of whom shall I be afraid?

When evildoers assail me
    to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
    it is they who stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me,
    my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
    yet I will be confident.

One thing have I asked of the Lord,
    that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
    and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter
    in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
    he will lift me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up
    above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
    sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
    be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
    “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
    Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
    O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
    O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
    but the Lord will take me in.

11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
    and lead me on a level path
    because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
    for false witnesses have risen against me,
    and they breathe out violence.

13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for 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. Faith in Fear

    In today's psalm, David once again describes what it's like to face his fears by relying on the Lord and worshipping Him instead of giving into anxiety over all the threats he faced.  

    Psalm 27:4 says, "One thing have I asked of the Lord,
        that will I seek after:
    that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
        all the days of my life,
    to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
        and to inquire in his temple."

    There have been times as we have read through the psalms that David prays that God would come and rescue him. In verse 4, he is seeking the presence of God permanently. 

    While not fully realized in David's lifetime, this longing was finally made possible when Jesus ascended into heaven and gave us His Spirit who indwells believers when we are born again all the days of our lives. 

    David was asking for it long before it was possible. But his desire was forward-looking to a waiting reality in the life of God's people in the future made possible through Christ. 

    Oh, that we would appreciate and appropriate the presence of God in our lives every day.

    Oh, that we would worship Him instead of worry so much each and every moment.

    ~ Puritan Prayer ~

    "Create In Me A new Heart" by Lewis Bayly

    "Create in me, O Christ, a new heart, and renew in me a right spirit. Then you will see how I will serve you as your new creature, in a new life, after a new way, with a new tongue and new manners, with new words and new works, to the glory of your name, and the winning of other sinful souls to your faith.

    Keep me forever, O my Savior, from the torments of hell and tyranny of the devil. And when I am to depart this life, send your angels to carry me, as they did the soul of Lazarus, into your kingdom. Receive me into that joyful paradise you promised to the penitent thief, who at his last gasp upon the cross begged for your mercy and admission into your kingdom.

    Grant this, O Christ, for your own name’s sake. I give you all glory, honor, praise, and dominion, both now and forever. Amen."

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

  2. "Teach me your way, O Lord,
        and lead me on a level path
        because of my enemies."

    Yesterday, a friend of mine scoffed at my trust in God concerning my death, and then asked if I had heard about "the pastor who killed his wife in the pulpit." When I expressed dismay and sadness, he remarked, "The Lord was really looking out for them" or something to that effect.

    My friend was gloating over the sin of a pastor, and especially over God's "failure" to prevent that sin, which had been displayed in all its wickedness as the enemy of that pastor's soul took control.

    Sadly, those who are enemies of God gloat over our sin. David was well aware of how easily his own sin could bring reproach upon God. 


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