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January 11, 2020

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

Text: Genesis 32-34
Audio: Genesis 32-34

Psalm 31 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
    let me never be put to shame;
    in your righteousness deliver me!
Incline your ear to me;
    rescue me speedily!
Be a rock of refuge for me,
    a strong fortress to save me!

For you are my rock and my fortress;
    and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;
you take me out of the net they have hidden for me,
    for you are my refuge.
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
    you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols,
    but I trust in the Lord.
I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
    because you have seen my affliction;
    you have known the distress of my soul,
and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
    you have set my feet in a broad place.

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
    my eye is wasted from grief;
    my soul and my body also.
10 For my life is spent with sorrow,
    and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my iniquity,
    and my bones waste away.

11 Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,
    especially to my neighbors,
and an object of dread to my acquaintances;
    those who see me in the street flee from me.
12 I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
    I have become like a broken vessel.
13 For I hear the whispering of many—
    terror on every side!—
as they scheme together against me,
    as they plot to take my life.

14 But I trust in you, O Lord;
    I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hand;
    rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
16 Make your face shine on your servant;
    save me in your steadfast love!
17 Lord, let me not be put to shame,
    for I call upon you;
let the wicked be put to shame;
    let them go silently to Sheol.
18 Let the lying lips be mute,
    which speak insolently against the righteous
    in pride and contempt.

19 Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
    which you have stored up for those who fear you
and worked for those who take refuge in you,
    in the sight of the children of mankind!
20 In the cover of your presence you hide them
    from the plots of men;
you store them in your shelter
    from the strife of tongues.

21 Blessed be the Lord,
    for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
    when I was in a besieged city.
22 I had said in my alarm,
    “I am cut off from your sight.”
But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy
    when I cried to you for help.

23 Love the Lord, all you his saints!
    The Lord preserves the faithful
    but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
    all you who 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. For your name's sake you lead me and guide me (Psalm 31:3b)

    God Bringing Glory To Himself

    When we think of salvation, we often think of those of us who have been given salvation – those of us who have been graced with the faith to believe in Jesus for eternal life. But there is much more to the story of salvation than what God does for us. 

    Salvation ultimately brings glory to God. He blesses us with faith. 

    Sanctification is the work that God does in our lives making us more like Christ. Although we are the recipients, our "becoming more like Christ," like salvation, ultimately brings glory to God as we reflect the image of Christ in these broken vessels that God repairs and restores. 

    In Psalm 23:3 David says, "He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake."

    People by nature are self-centered. From birth we make just about everything about us. As we grow up, we want to be popular and liked. We want attention and affection. We typically seek these things for some form of validation that we are special. The entertainment and sports industries are filled with people who enjoy the spotlight and want it to shine brightly on them. 

    That is one of the reasons why it's important to think of our salvation not only what we "get" from God but what we give in love for Him and others because of it. We are not only saved FOR ourselves but FOR God and others. 

    An article at Ligonier Ministries has the following to say about this:

    "Ezekiel 36:16–38 reveals this truth plainly. God says in verse 22 that His rescue of Israel from sin and exile is not for the nation’s sake but ‘the sake of [His] holy name.’ The implication is that the Lord had to save His people to keep His honor. But how can this be if the Bible teaches that salvation is wholly undeserved, that nothing in us requires God to redeem us?

    "The answer is that salvation is the Lord’s self-imposed obligation. He freely covenanted with Abraham and His seed, but He did so via swearing an oath by Himself that He would bless the patriarch’s family forever (Gen. 15; Heb. 6:13–20). Essentially, God said that He should be destroyed if He broke His promise. By His own will, the Lord made His honor contingent upon blessing Abraham. If all the patriarch’s offspring were to miss this blessing, He would prove to be a liar and suffer the loss of His glory. The Lord did not have to make a vow to Abraham, but once He did, His own character bound Him to bless the patriarch’s offspring, though not necessarily everyone who can trace their physical ancestry back to him.

    “Ezekiel’s teaching on salvation indicates that God takes the initiative in giving us a new heart. In other words, we do not get a new heart as a consequence of faith but faith is a consequence of us having been given a new heart. Salvation, indeed, is all of the Lord."

    For those of us who are in Christ and have been granted salvation from the Lord, we can anticipate one of the sanctifying works God is going to do in our lives is to eradicate the god of "self" so He can reign as the Lord in our lives. Then we can truly love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and love others as ourselves. 

    ~ Puritan Prayer ~

    "Prayer for a New Heart" by Stephen Charnock

    "Lord, is it not better to make me your friend than to let me continue as your enemy?

    Would you not be glorified more by raising a soul from sin than a Lazarus from the grave? Your power and mercy are shown greater by turning a dry stump into a fruitful and flourishing tree. So overcome my shameful nature by your merciful power. Change me from a venomous to a dove-like nature.

    I would be made happy to glorify you by becoming what I was created to be! Glorify yourself by creating my heart anew, that I may glorify you in newness of life.

    I cannot get a new heart by my own strength, but it is not too hard for your power, and it matches your promise. Amen."

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

  2. This was a great reading for me today, after a terrible week! 

    I love Psalm 31: 22-24. 

    I did feel far away from God, but I was clinging, and I prayed. I told Him that I needed Him, and that whatever His will was, it was mine, also. 

    I know there will be hurdles, upsets, disagreements, tests, and times I feel alone. But I immediately remind myself that He is always there.

    He never leaves me, so come what may, I am ready. 

    1. Brynne, I am praising God for all He is doing right now. I have been praying for you with so much love, that you would persevere in faith and cling to Him, and be able to look back later and see the abundant fruit of His sanctifying work in you. I love you!

  3. For I hear the whispering of many—
    terror on every side!—
    as they scheme together against me,
    as they plot to take my life.

    But I trust in you, O Lord;
    I say, “You are my God.”
    My times are in your hand…

    Scott and I have been watching a documentary/biography of John Knox over the last couple nights and this psalm could've been penned by him. As his peers were being burned at the stake and executed for what he himself was boldly preaching, I wonder if he read this psalm — and others like it — and found the courage to follow Christ to death for God's glory?

    I wonder if I would be able to do the same, or if I would cower and shrink back in fear?   

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