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January 13, 2020

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

Text: Genesis 38-40
Audio: Genesis 38-40

Psalm 33 (ESV)

Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!
    Praise befits the upright.
Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;
    make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
Sing to him a new song;
    play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

For the word of the Lord is upright,
    and all his work is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice;
    the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
    and by the breath of his mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;
    he puts the deeps in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
    let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
For he spoke, and it came to be;
    he commanded, and it stood firm.

10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
    he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
    the plans of his heart to all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
    the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

13 The Lord looks down from heaven;
    he sees all the children of man;
14 from where he sits enthroned he looks out
    on all the inhabitants of the earth,
15 he who fashions the hearts of them all
    and observes all their deeds.
16 The king is not saved by his great army;
    a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
17 The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
    and by its great might it cannot rescue.

18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
    on those who hope in his steadfast love,
19 that he may deliver their soul from death
    and keep them alive in famine.

20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart is glad in him,
    because we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
    even as we hope in you.

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. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
        and by the breath of his mouth all their host (Psalm 33:6). 

    The Power of God's Word

    I love reading about God speaking matter into existence; in particular the creation account. The psalmist in today's chapter is encouraging the people of God to shout for joy in the Lord and give thanks to Him. He then turns his attention to all that the Lord has done and mentions God creating the heavens by His word and "by the breath of His mouth all their host" (Psalm 33:6). 

    He goes on to say, "For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm" (Psalm 33:9). 

    Oh that we would be like creation and stand firm by the Word of the Lord.

    Oh that God would speak and we would do what He commands of us regardless what we thought of it. 

    ~ Puritan Prayer ~

    "Show Me The Way From Your Word #2" by Philip Doddridge

    "Father, may I have the most faithful and affectionate regard to the blessed Jesus, your incarnate Son, the brightness of your glory, and your exact image (Hebrews 1:3).

    Though I have not seen him, may I love him; and in him, though now I do not see him, yet believing, may I rejoice with unspeakable joy, full of glory (1 Peter 1:8).

    May I live daily by faith in the Son of God (Galatians 2:20).

    May I be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and led by the Spirit (Romans 8:14), and so may it be evident to others that I am a child of God, and an heir of glory.

    May I not receive the spirit of bondage to fear, but the Spirit of adoption, crying, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15)."

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

  2. I am so blessed by these readings! I was a little behind, and I'm catching up now. 

    God is beyond words. There are none to describe Him well enough – I am in complete awe of His power. 

    Today I had a wonderful time of fellowship on the phone with my Pastor, and I have tears of joy flowing as I speak.

    The work God is doing in my life is truly mind-blowing, every single day. And when there are days that seem dark, and I feel that God is further away from me, later on they reveal themselves to be essential parts of God's plan to draw me closer. 

    I am awestruck!

  3. "The king is not saved by his great army;
        a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
    The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
        and by its great might it cannot rescue.

    "Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
        on those who hope in his steadfast love,
    that he may deliver their soul from death
        and keep them alive in famine."

    When I read this psalm, I think of the great faith so many Americans place in politicians, leaders, political parties and military might. The Bible is filled with stories of God fighting and winning battles with the smallest armies, and even with no army at all. Abraham rescuing Lot, Moses leading the Hebrews to the Red Sea, Joshua leading the storming of Jericho. Gideon's band of river-drinkers routing tends of thousands. 

    He raises up kings and He takes them down. Saul being made a mighty king by God and then replaced by God by a shepherd/musician.

    He turns the hearts of kings and entire peoples. Wow — Nebuchadnezzar being sent out into the wilderness, brought low, and then restored to give God glory. Pharaoh making Joseph second-in-command after throwing him in prison. 

    I love God's Word and thank Him and praise Him for preserving it despite all the attempts made to destroy it, ban it, and keep it from us. He trained me to trust Him no matter what, and as I have tested and tried Him, He has always been faithful. 

    I pray He would give me the courage and faith to trust Him even if I were to die a martyr, as so many do around the world today.  



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