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February 6, 2020

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

Text: Leviticus 16-18
Audio: Leviticus 16-18

Psalm 57 (ESV)

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam. When he had fled from Saul into the cave.

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
    for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
    until the disaster has passed.

I cry out to God Most High,
    to God, who vindicates me.
He sends from heaven and saves me,
    rebuking those who hotly pursue me—
    God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.

I am in the midst of lions;
    I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts—
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
    whose tongues are sharp swords.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
    let your glory be over all the earth.

They spread a net for my feet—
    I was bowed down in distress.
They dug a pit in my path—
    but they have fallen into it themselves.

My heart, O God, is steadfast,
    my heart is steadfast;
    I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul!
    Awake, harp and lyre!
    I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing of you among the peoples.
10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
    let your glory be over all the earth.

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. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
        let your glory be over all the earth.

    The Glory of God

    The setting of today's psalm is found in the heading – when David fled from Saul into the cave. While some scholars believe this psalm relates to 1 Samuel 24, it is more likely 1 Samual 22:1-5 when David escaped to the cave of Adullam. 

    David's terror is severe but in the midst of his circumstances, he twice says:

    "Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
        let your glory be over all the earth."

    In his Study Bible, John MacArthur writes, "A truly godly person wants God’s glory to be exhibited more than he wants his own personal problems to be solved."

    MacArthur's observation is extremely important for us to remember. God's glory should be more important than every aspect of our lives: our problems, our ambitions, our sin – everything about us and everything around us is an opportunity to glorify God. 

    So if God has the glory, which He does, how do we "give him" glory?

    1 Chronicles 16:28-29 says:

    "Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
        ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
    29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
        bring an offering and come before him!
    Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness."

    Isaiah 42:5,8 says:

    "Thus says God, the Lord,
        who created the heavens and stretched them out,
        who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
    who gives breath to the people on it
        and spirit to those who walk in it

    "I am the Lord; that is my name;
        my glory I give to no other,
        nor my praise to carved idols." says, "To glorify God is to extol His attributes — His holiness, faithfulness, mercy, grace, love, majesty, sovereignty, power, and omniscience, to name a few — rehearsing them over and over in our minds and telling others about the singular nature of the salvation only He offers."

    Romans 8:28-30 says, "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified."

    This quote from Ligonier Ministries is powerful:

    "God’s glory is by no means dependent upon the actions of human beings, for He possessed glory long “before the world existed” (John 17:5). Nevertheless, the Lord has sovereignly chosen to display His glory and further the universe’s awareness of this glory through the words and deeds of His people. Since we are made in the image of God (Gen. 1:26–28), redeemed human beings are uniquely able to reflect the refulgent beauty of the Lord in our characters, which is our highest calling. Moreover, because God created us for His glory (Isa. 43:1–7), living according to the vocation the Lord gave us when He made our first parents glorifies Him.

    "In His grace, our great and holy God has granted that we will actually share in His glory…The Lord will be glorified most fully in us only when He has brought us into our own glorification. Although we grow in our ability to reflect God’s glory over the course of our lives, the remaining presence of sin keeps us from shining forth His light in its full beauty. One day, however, the Lord will glorify us, removing even the presence of sin from our bodies. At that point, God will bring us into a full state of glorification in order that we might give glory back to Him."

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~ 

    "Let Me Not Sin Against You" by Richard Alleine

    "Lord, keep me from yielding to sin, whatever I suffer. How could I do such wickedness? For your sake, Lord, let me not sin against you. You are good. You are kind. You are gracious. You are holy. Will I sin or rebel? For your sake, Lord, I will not do it. I will not for my own sake. In sinning against God, I sin against my own soul.

    Do not let me rise up against the one that bore me and fed me. I would never return evil for good—not to my child, my fellow laborer, or my friend. And let me never do so to you, my Father and my God!

    Do not let this evil which I fear ever come upon me. Put your fear into my heart, Lord, that I may not sin against you. Amen."

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

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