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January 24, 2020

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

Text: Exodus 19-21
Audio: Exodus 19-21

Psalm 44 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah.

O God, we have heard with our ears,
    our fathers have told us,
what deeds you performed in their days,
    in the days of old:
you with your own hand drove out the nations,
    but them you planted;
you afflicted the peoples,
    but them you set free;
for not by their own sword did they win the land,
    nor did their own arm save them,
but your right hand and your arm,
    and the light of your face,
    for you delighted in them.

You are my King, O God;
    ordain salvation for Jacob!
Through you we push down our foes;
    through your name we tread down those who rise up against us.
For not in my bow do I trust,
    nor can my sword save me.
But you have saved us from our foes
    and have put to shame those who hate us.
In God we have boasted continually,
    and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah

But you have rejected us and disgraced us
    and have not gone out with our armies.
10 You have made us turn back from the foe,
    and those who hate us have gotten spoil.
11 You have made us like sheep for slaughter
    and have scattered us among the nations.
12 You have sold your people for a trifle,
    demanding no high price for them.
13 You have made us the taunt of our neighbors,
    the derision and scorn of those around us.
14 You have made us a byword among the nations,
    a laughingstock among the peoples.
15 All day long my disgrace is before me,
    and shame has covered my face
16 at the sound of the taunter and reviler,
    at the sight of the enemy and the avenger.

17 All this has come upon us,
    though we have not forgotten you,
    and we have not been false to your covenant.
18 Our heart has not turned back,
    nor have our steps departed from your way;
19 yet you have broken us in the place of jackals
    and covered us with the shadow of death.
20 If we had forgotten the name of our God
    or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
21 would not God discover this?
    For he knows the secrets of the heart.
22 Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.

23 Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord?
    Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever!
24 Why do you hide your face?
    Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust;
    our belly clings to the ground.
26 Rise up; come to our help!
    Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!

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. O God, we have heard with our ears,
        our fathers have told us,
    what deeds you performed in their days,
        in the days of old (Psalm 44:1)

    We Have Heard

    The psalmist in Psalm 44 is regarded as a national lament – although the specific battle is not revealed to us. 

    Just as the psalmist heard testimony of what God did in Israel's history, we too have learned from the Bible (and the preaching of the Word) what God did throughout history. 

    As we see God through the lens of history as revealed in Scripture (in both the Old and New Testaments), we will be better equipped to understand God's work in this world and in our lives. We will also be better equipped to test what we hear and read from various teachers and authors. 

    Are we eager to learn what God has revealed in Scripture?

    Are we eager to share with others what God has revealed? 

    ~ Puritan Prayer ~

    "Teach Me Grace" by William Bridge

    "Lord, you have made a covenant of grace with a poor person. This covenant of grace is founded on the priestly office of Jesus Christ.

    The new covenant promises that we will all be taught by God. Lord, I am ignorant! Teach me by the work of Christ, that I may be made wise in salvation.

    Lord, you have made a covenant of grace with a poor man, a covenant which says, “I will write my law in your inward parts.”

    So now, Lord, seeing that Jesus Christ has founded this covenant in his blood, and I am one of those for whom he made satisfaction: write your law in my inward parts, that I may do all your will. Amen."

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

  2. This morning, like many mornings, I asked God to light my path, to show me in what ways He wants me to serve. I also asked Him to give me strength when things are tough, and to help me keep fighting. 

    Sometimes the routine can get monotonous, but by serving my family, I am serving Him. 

  3. As I read this psalm, I couldn't help but marvel at the great faith of the psalmist, so clearly displayed as he ascribes to God his people's defeat and humiliation at the hands of their enemies, while also ascribing to God any military successes they have had in the past or will have in the future. No matter which way a battle turns, the psalmist not only praises God, but trusts Him. 

    "Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long;
        we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered."

    This verse is repeated in Romans, as Paul writes to Christians in Rome who are undergoing great persecution. He encourages them, that their suffering is nothing compared to "the glory that is to be revealed to us." (Romans 8:18).

    He encourages them with these words:

    "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

    'For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.'

    "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

    I'm thinking of Christians around the world being persecuted right now, especially in Nigeria, and praying for them. 

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