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January 23, 2020

Please read today’s Scriptures and use the comment section on this page to share your insights from today’s reading. You can also just mention a verse that impacted you or post a question!

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

Text: Exodus 16-18
Audio: Exodus 16-18

Psalm 43 (ESV)

Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
    against an ungodly people,
from the deceitful and unjust man
    deliver me!
For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
    why have you rejected me?
Why do I go about mourning
    because of the oppression of the enemy?

Send out your light and your truth;
    let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
    and to your dwelling!
Then I will go to the altar of God,
    to God my exceeding joy,
and I will praise you with the lyre,
    O God, my God.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvation and 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. Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
        against an ungodly people,
    from the deceitful and unjust man
        deliver me! (Psalm 43:1)

    Vindication From God

    Today's psalm is the conclusion of the previous psalm as Psalm 42 and 43 were originally one.

    The psalmist has been alienated from God, cut off from other believers, and harassed by those around him. He asks God to vindicate him (or judge him) and come to his defense. 

    It's clear the writer has "turned the corner" in his grief and is looking forward to the time when he will join the assembly of believers in worship of God again. 

    "Then I will go to the altar of God,
        to God my exceeding joy,
    and I will praise you with the lyre,
        O God, my God" (Psalm 43:4).

    One of the many blessings of fellowship with believers is that we do not carry our burdens alone. 

    Galatians 6:2 "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."

    That is one of the reasons isolation from the body of Christ is so detrimental to our faith and counter to Scripture.

    James 1:14 "But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire."

    Let's not be lured away and enticed. 

    Let's carry each others burdens.

    Let's encourage those who are not in fellowship to return!


    ~ Puritan Prayer ~

    "I Need the Comforter" by Robert Hawker

    "I need you day by day as my Comforter.

    I need you as the Spirit of truth, to guide me into all truth.

    I need you as the one who reminds me of the Lord Jesus, to bring to my forgetful heart all the blessed things he has revealed to me.

    I need you, as the witness of my Jesus, to testify of my wants, and of his fullness to supply.

    I need you as my advocate and helper, in all my infirmities in prayer.

    I need you as the deposit of the promised inheritance, that I may not faint or lack faith to hold on and hold out in every dark season.

    I need you, Lord. I cannot do a moment without you, nor act in faith, nor believe a promise, nor exercise a grace, without your constant hand on my poor soul.

    Come then, Lord, I beg you, and let me be brought under your unceasing baptisms. Shed abroad the love of God my Father in my heart, and direct me into the patient waiting for Jesus Christ. Amen."

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

  2. It's always very comforting to know that I have my brothers and sisters in Christ to worship and share my burdens with. I've missed months of fellowship due to illness and injury in my household, and I'm very anxious to return to our church. I love these people like I love my own biological family. 

    I'm also very grateful for a Pastor I can talk to about anything; we've just begun having weekly phone conversations, and afterwards, I feel uplifted, inspired, and wondrous. I'm going to call him today, as a matter of fact. 

    So grateful, everyday, for the support, love & care of my fellow Christians. There are no other friends like them in the world. 

    1. What a great joy it is to not only have you as a part of my life, Brynne, but to share the fellowship we have in Christ AND to be members of the same local body of believers. God has used you and continues to use you powerfully at LLCC, for everyone who graces our doors. I love you!

  3. "Why are you cast down, O my soul,
        and why are you in turmoil within me?
    Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
        my salvation and my God." heart

     

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