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January 28, 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 30-32
Audio: Exodus 30-32

Psalm 48 (ESV)

A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised
    in the city of our God!
His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation,
    is the joy of all the earth,
Mount Zion, in the far north,
    the city of the great King.
Within her citadels God
    has made himself known as a fortress.

For behold, the kings assembled;
    they came on together.
As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;
    they were in panic; they took to flight.
Trembling took hold of them there,
    anguish as of a woman in labor.
By the east wind you shattered
    the ships of Tarshish.
As we have heard, so have we seen
    in the city of the Lord of hosts,
in the city of our God,
    which God will establish forever. Selah

We have thought on your steadfast love, O God,
    in the midst of your temple.
10 As your name, O God,
    so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth.
Your right hand is filled with righteousness.
11     Let Mount Zion be glad!
Let the daughters of Judah rejoice
    because of your judgments!

12 Walk about Zion, go around her,
    number her towers,
13 consider well her ramparts,
    go through her citadels,
that you may tell the next generation
14     that this is God,
our God forever and ever.
    He will guide us forever.

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. Tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever (Psalm 48:13a-14)

    Telling the Next Generation

    As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have the awesome privilege, responsibility and command to tell the next generation about God; and not just about God in general but all that Jesus commands (Matthew 28:19-20).

    As our culture becomes less interested (and less tolerant) of us doing this, it will become more challenging to be an effective witness for Jesus Christ to a world headed for destruction. 

    One of the ways we "love your neighbor" as ourselves (Matthew 22:39) is to look for open doors for the gospel. I find the best opportunity to "tell the next generation" about God (outside of church) is during times of conflict, uncertainty, stress and sickness. 

    Just as the Bible tells us to be fruitful and multiply in the blessing of populating the earth, we are told to be fruitful and multiply in the blessing of telling the next generation about God. 

    Jesus said of believers in the Parable of the Sower, "As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."

    As we become more "fruitful" in the Spirit with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, our witness to the power of God and His guiding work in those who belong to Him will become more effective. 

    1 Peter 3:14-15 says, "But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect."

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Asking, Receiving" by Robert Hawker

    "Did you not say, Lord, “Whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:23–24)?

    I am encouraged by this saying. So I come now for large supplies of your grace, mercy, pardon, and peace. I seek you, Jesus—you yourself, with your gifts, with all your fullness, and all your blessings.

    And I am sure, if you will give me as large a hand to receive as my Lord’s hand is to give, I will be blessed. Amen."

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

  2. It makes complete sense that we will be more effective in sharing God's love and His Word with others if the fruits of the Spirit are evident in us. 

    That's the way I want to shine for Jesus – by showing others a life that they'll want! 

    The peace, love and joy that I've found in Jesus is something I want everyone to experience. He carries me through the tough times always, never leaving me. There is no better friend in the world. 

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