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January 20, 2020

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

Text: Exodus 7-9
Audio: Exodus 7-9

Psalm 40 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
    out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
    making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
    and put their trust in the Lord.

Blessed is the man who makes
    the Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
    to those who go astray after a lie!
You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
    your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
    none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
    yet they are more than can be told.

In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
    but you have given me an open ear.
Burnt offering and sin offering
    you have not required.
Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
    in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
I delight to do your will, O my God;
    your law is within my heart.”

I have told the glad news of deliverance
    in the great congregation;
behold, I have not restrained my lips,
    as you know, O Lord.
10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
    I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
    from the great congregation.

11 As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain
    your mercy from me;
your steadfast love and your faithfulness will
    ever preserve me!
12 For evils have encompassed me
    beyond number;
my iniquities have overtaken me,
    and I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head;
    my heart fails me.

13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me!
    Lord, make haste to help me!
14 Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether
    who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be turned back and brought to dishonor
    who delight in my hurt!
15 Let those be appalled because of their shame
    who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”

16 But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
    say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
17 As for me, I am poor and needy,
    but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
    do not delay, O my God!


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. I delight to do your will, O my God;
        your law is within my heart. (Psalm 40:8)

    Delighting in God's Will from His Law

    David's prayers have been answered and in today's psalm he rejoices that God heard his cry and drew him up from the pit of destruction and the miry blog and set his feet on the rock. His lament has past and the Lord has put a new song in his heart. 

    David hopes, "Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord" (Psalm 40:3). 

    After David reflects on the Lord's "wondrous deeds," and sings of God not being delighted with external rituals performed as merely a religious platitude to Him, David submits his life fully to the Lord and commits himself to His authority.

    What does it mean to fully submit your life to the Lord and commit yourself to Him?

    It's found in Psalm 40:8, I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart" (Psalm 40:8).

    Romans 12:1 says, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship."

    A life lived for God pleases Him far more than any outward symbol of devotion motivated by anything other than loving Him, worshipping Him and glorying Him. 

    A life lived for God is one of total surrender and submission to the Lord. His laws are not a burden to us but are the light which guides us away from harm and leads us home and into the loving arms of our heavenly Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 


    ~ Puritan Prayer ~

    "Come, Holy Spirit" by Robert Hawker

    "Come, Holy Spirit, with all your sweet and precious favor. Come, Lord, to convince and comfort me, to humble and direct me, to chill my affections to the world, and to warm them toward the Lord Jesus.

    Come, you holy, gracious, almighty reviver and restorer—and glorifier of my God and Savior!

    Cause the graces you have planted in my soul to go forth in a way of love and desire, faith and expectation. Let me hope in the person and glory of the one my soul loves. Then I will cry out with the church, 'Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat of his pleasant fruits.' Amen!"

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

  2. I fell behind and just read Psalm 37 – 40, and it was all things I needed to hear.

    It's so true that you feel farther away from God when you miss fellowship. I remember many, many days that I delighted in the Lord and felt at peace. Although I know He is there and will never leave me, it feels a little different. 

    When I sin, I have fear. Fear that I am wandering away from God. I want Him to remain in my heart and in my mind; I feel less secure when He feels farther off. 

    These verses reassure me that although I don't do things perfectly, I am truly saved and I will not lose my salvation. I want to obey Him.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Brynne!

      Even though we may "feel" many things (good and bad), it's great to know you are looking to Scripture for assurance that you belong to God and not your experiences, perception or feelings. 

      I want to share the section of Scripture I mentioned to you on the phone last week. It clearly shows we are all a work in progress and God's at work in us making sure we progress!

      “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full (John 15:1-11)."

      I pray as God prunes you, His fruit in you will mature abundantly and multiply to those who know you.

       

  3. I love that! I was just praying that God would help me to serve and to show love and care for others. I'm grateful for the compassion He has blessed me with. 

    1. Amen!

      When we give thanks to Him for what He has done (or is doing) in our lives, a good practice is to ask Him to reveal those areas where our compassion may be fleeting, stunted or missing all together. This will help us not be satisfied with the work He has done in us and will keep us striving to be more like Christ in every area of our lives. 

      It's wonderful to see the Lord at work in you as you mature in your faith and become more like our Savior!

  4. Reading this psalm, I'm taken back to when I was born again, and my great and overwhelming joy. The older saints we went to church with — and who I later discovered had been praying for me — were so blessed by the wonderful gift God had given them of seeing new birth in someone who just a year before had declared at a Bible study, "I don't believe any of this." And now I was proclaiming God's goodness day after day!

    I remember one friend, a woman named Sandy, who said she hoped I would never lose the zeal I had at that time. Praise God, I have not! While my faith in Christ has lost a lot of its childlike expressiveness, where I talked about Jesus with abandon to everyone I met, my love for Him has grown deeper — more and more mature — as I have walked with Him through many dark valleys, clung to Him in a number of threatening storms, and been transported to countless wondrous “mountaintops” in the blink of an eye.

    I have not once looked back at my old life of sin and darkness and longed for it, except for brief moments when I have not sensed my Savior’s presence during some season or another. I have been at time sorely tempted to numb myself with drugs or alcohol as I did before I was born again (John 3:3), given a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26), and made a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

    Praise God, it is His Spirit in me which causes me to cry out for my Savior to deliver me: 

    "Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and renew a right spirit within me.
    Cast me not away from your presence,
    and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
    Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit." Psalm 51:10-12

    …and there He is, right beside me, the good shepherd with His rod and staff, touching me and guiding me, reminding me to stay with Him, to follow Him, to listen to His voice, to stay on the narrow path that leads to life:

    “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
    He leads me beside still waters.
    He restores my soul.
    He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:1-3

    He will never abandon me. He will never forsake me. 

    The joy of my salvation has grown and deepened to become joy in my Savior, and joy in His presence.

    I am His. 

     

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