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January 10, 2020

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

Text: Genesis 30-31
Audio: Genesis 30-31

Psalm 30 (ESV)

A Psalm of David. A song at the dedication of the temple.

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up
    and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
    and you have healed me.
Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
    you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
    and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment,
    and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
    but joy comes with the morning.

As for me, I said in my prosperity,
    “I shall never be moved.”
By your favor, O Lord,
    you made my mountain stand strong;
you hid your face;
    I was dismayed.

To you, O Lord, I cry,
    and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
“What profit is there in my death,
    if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
    Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me!
    Lord, be my helper!”

11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
    you have loosed my sackcloth
    and clothed me with gladness,
12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
    Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

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. For his anger is but for a moment,
        and his favor is for a lifetime.
    Weeping may tarry for the night,
        but joy comes with the morning (Psalm 30:5). 

    God's Mercy

    In this section of today's psalm, David sings of the Lord's mercy and encourages the worshipers to sing praises and give thanks to the Lord along with him. 

    This is reminiscent of the following verses:

    Isaiah 54:7-8

    7 For a brief moment I deserted you,
        but with great compassion I will gather you.
    8 In overflowing anger for a moment
        I hid my face from you,
    but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”
        says the Lord, your Redeemer.

    John 16:20-22

    Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.

    Romans 8:18

    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

    2 Corinthians 4:17

    For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.

    We live in a fallen world and we are all a work in progress. Sometimes God's faithful are anything but faithful. Contrary to the modern gospel peddled by many of the popular "preachers" today, God does not turn a blind eye to sin in the life of a Christian. Sin may not separate us from the love of God ultimately (Romans 8:39), but that doesn't mean we won't experience the anger of the Lord when we sin. 

    Lamentations 3:22-23 says:

    22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
        his mercies never come to an end;
    23 they are new every morning;
        great is your faithfulness.

    Even when we are not faithful, God is. 

    Even when we fail, God never fails. 

    Every day is a new opportunity to learn from the mistakes and failings of yesterday and in humility, and with repentance, grow more in love with God. 

    This love should be expressed in a deeper commitment to obey and less interest in wandering away. 

    ~ Puritan Prayer ~

    "Awake My Sleeping Heart" by Philip Doddridge

    "My mind is perplexed and divided. But I am sure that you who made me knows what is best for me.

    So I ask that you will, for your name’s sake, lead me and guide me. Do not let me delay until it is forever too late.

    Pluck me as a brand out of the burning. Break this fatal enchantment. Let me finally come to the place where I am not tempted to wish you never made me, or that you could forever forget me. The place where I fail to recognize my best hope, and perish.

    O God, let me hear and obey you! Let your grace teach me the lesson I am so slow to learn, and let it conquer the strong opposition in my heart. Hear these broken cries, for the sake of your Son. He has taught many others who are just as stubborn as I, and he can “raise up children to Abraham out of these stones.” Amen."

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

  2. David shares how he so easily makes bold statements about his faith ("I shall never be moved!") when he is prospering, and God is clearly blessing him.

    He also acknowledges that there are times when he has been filled with dismay and believed God was "hiding His face." 

    But what has he done during these times of suffering? Cried out to God. 

    And then:

    "You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
        you have loosed my sackcloth
        and clothed me with gladness,
    that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
        O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!"

    God has never failed David. And He never fails us. I want to remember that whenever I am going through my own seasons of suffering. Rather than complain and allow hopelessness to set in, I need to cry out to God, acknowledging Him and His greatness, trusting in Him, depending on Him, hoping in Him. He is the One who is able to make bold statements about His faithfulness.

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