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February 5, 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: Leviticus 14-15
Audio: Leviticus 14-15

Psalm 56 (ESV)

For the director of music. To the tune of “A Dove on Distant Oaks.” Of David. A miktam. When the Philistines had seized him in Gath.

Be merciful to me, my God,
    for my enemies are in hot pursuit;
    all day long they press their attack.
My adversaries pursue me all day long;
    in their pride many are attacking me.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
    In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?

All day long they twist my words;
    all their schemes are for my ruin.
They conspire, they lurk,
    they watch my steps,
    hoping to take my life.
Because of their wickedness do not let them escape;
    in your anger, God, bring the nations down.

Record my misery;
    list my tears on your scroll—
    are they not in your record?
Then my enemies will turn back
    when I call for help.
    By this I will know that God is for me.

10 In God, whose word I praise,
    in the Lord, whose word I praise—
11 in God I trust and am not afraid.
    What can man do to me?

12 I am under vows to you, my God;
    I will present my thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered me from death
    and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
    in the light of life.

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. In God, whose word I praise,
        in the Lord, whose word I praise (Psalm 56:10).

    Praise or Hatred for God's Word?

    After Michelle left for work this morning, she called to let me know of a Facebook conversation between a woman (who was one of the teens in our youth ministry) and the daughter of a family who has abandoned Christianity as defined by God's Word. They were discussing the halftime show from the Super Bowl – specifically Jennifer Lopez and her stripper pole – and if it was appropriate or not. 

    On on end of the dialog was a woman standing up for what God's Word says about sexuality and not being a stumbling block for others. On the other end of the dialog was a women defending things the Bible forbids and redefining what being a Christian is based on subjective opinions and a clear hatred for the Bible. 

    It makes me sad that so many people claim to be a Christian but their "faith" is divorced from God's Word. 

    In today's psalm, David has praise for God's Word and finds comfort in it. 

    Do you find comfort in the Bible?

    Are you challenged by what you read?

    Is your aim to live your faith in light of Scripture or separated from it?

    How fitting that the next Puritan Prayer is titled, "I Am Hunted With Temptation." I'm sure the woman who has a "faith" in a Jesus not found in Scripture would have little interest what a Puritan has to say about temptation. 

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~ 

    "I Am Hunted With Temptation" by William Gurnall

    "Lord, I am hunted with temptation. Either you must pardon it, or I am condemned. Kill it, or I will be a slave to it.

    Take me into the bosom of your love for Christ’s sake. Castle me in the arms of your everlasting strength.

    It is in your power to save me from, or give me up into the hands of my enemy.

    I have no confidence in myself or any other. Into your hands I commit my cause and myself. I rely on you.

    I will be your true prisoner. I would rather die by the hand of your justice than continue fighting against your mercy.

    Lord, here I am, willing to deliver up all I have and am, to be at your disposal. My will will be done when you put your will in me.

    Cut and carve me however you please, that at last I may be polished and framed according to the plan which love has drawn into your heart for me.

    All my gifts and services do not please you, unless with them I give you myself. In the same way, none of these gifts of your bounty can make me content, unless you bestow yourself on me with them. Amen."

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

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