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February 4, 2020

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

Text: Leviticus 11-13
Audio: Leviticus 11-13

Psalm 55 (ESV)

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David.

Give ear to my prayer, O God,
    and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!
Attend to me, and answer me;
    I am restless in my complaint and I moan,
because of the noise of the enemy,
    because of the oppression of the wicked.
For they drop trouble upon me,
    and in anger they bear a grudge against me.

My heart is in anguish within me;
    the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Fear and trembling come upon me,
    and horror overwhelms me.
And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
    I would fly away and be at rest;
yes, I would wander far away;
    I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah
I would hurry to find a shelter
    from the raging wind and tempest.”

Destroy, O Lord, divide their tongues;
    for I see violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go around it
    on its walls,
and iniquity and trouble are within it;
11     ruin is in its midst;
oppression and fraud
    do not depart from its marketplace.

12 For it is not an enemy who taunts me—
    then I could bear it;
it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me—
    then I could hide from him.
13 But it is you, a man, my equal,
    my companion, my familiar friend.
14 We used to take sweet counsel together;
    within God’s house we walked in the throng.
15 Let death steal over them;
    let them go down to Sheol alive;
    for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.

16 But I call to God,
    and the Lord will save me.
17 Evening and morning and at noon
    I utter my complaint and moan,
    and he hears my voice.
18 He redeems my soul in safety
    from the battle that I wage,
    for many are arrayed against me.
19 God will give ear and humble them,
    he who is enthroned from of old, Selah
because they do not change
    and do not fear God.

20 My companion stretched out his hand against his friends;
    he violated his covenant.
21 His speech was smooth as butter,
    yet war was in his heart;
his words were softer than oil,
    yet they were drawn swords.

22 Cast your burden on the Lord,
    and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
    the righteous to be moved.

23 But you, O God, will cast them down
    into the pit of destruction;
men of blood and treachery
    shall not live out half their days.
But I will trust 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. We used to take sweet counsel together;
        within God's house we walked in the throng (Psalm 55:14).

    Broken Fellowship

    In today's psalm, David laments the loss of a close, personal friend who betrayed him.

    In the NIV, Psalm 55:14 captures David's lament this way, "I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about among the worshipers."

    I think everyone knows what it's like to be betrayed by a friend. But being betrayed by someone who we had fellowship with can be even more difficult. When it happens in a small group like ours, it can be extra painful. 

    We have certainly had our share of people come and go. What I am grateful for is that despite the loss of people from our fellowship for one reason or another, God has sustained us and brought us closer to one another. 

    Psalm 55:22 provides encouragement in times like this:

    "Cast your burden on the Lord,
        and he will sustain you;
    he will never permit
        the righteous to be moved."

    Romans 12:18 says, "If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all."

    There are times when it's best to part ways from people but our position should always be to live at peace with everyone as much as it depends on us. 


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Search Me, Lord" By Philip Doddridge

    "Come, blessed Spirit, Author of all grace and consolation. Show me my sin in all its worst colors, that I may feel an unwavering hatred of it.

    Show me the majesty and mercy of God in such a way that my heart will be alarmed and melted. Convince me, O you blessed Spirit, of sin, righteousness, and repentance.

    Show me that I have undone myself, but that my help is found in God alone, in God through Christ, in whom alone he will extend compassion and help to me.

    Show me the power of Christ to save! I teach my faith to see him extended on the cross, arms open wide, with a pierced, bleeding side, telling me what room is in his heart for me.

    May I know what it is to have my whole heart subdued by love, so subdued as to be crucified with Christ, to be dead to sin and dead to the world, but alive to God through Jesus Christ."

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

  2. While it has been hard to lose people from our small group, after reading through the Psalms up to this point I see all as a perfect work of God. I trust that not only did He call you to plant this local body in this particular neighborhood, but that He is the one who has brought people here, then moved them on — all for His purposes. It is certainly painful at the time, but what has happened is He has shown me what it is to love people not with my own sin-tainted love, but with His love.

    What a joy it is to be filled with that kind of love for all people, and to continue to pray for and care for them, and to see them as people created in His image. For those who are in Christ, they are beautiful, valuable and beloved members with me of Christ's bride. Such a picture!!

    For those who are not His, they have heard the gospel clearly preached, counted the cost of discipleship, just as the rich young ruler did, and walked away. I pray for them on their journey, that they will encounter the gospel over and over again and one day embrace Christ Jesus with humility and joy. 

    To picture all of us as His bride — being made pure and spotless for His return — is overwhelming. God is molding and shaping and purifying each of us, making us more and more into the image of Christ, and we are part of that work in one another's lives. One day He will return and we will all be together with Him, worshiping at the throne, praising our Lord forever and ever in that great throng. 

    I can't wait.

     

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