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February 8, 2020

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

Text: Leviticus 22-23
Audio: Leviticus 22-23

Psalm 59 (ESV)

To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam of David, when Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him.

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
    protect me from those who rise up against me;
deliver me from those who work evil,
    and save me from bloodthirsty men.

For behold, they lie in wait for my life;
    fierce men stir up strife against me.
For no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord,
    for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.
Awake, come to meet me, and see!
    You, Lord God of hosts, are God of Israel.
Rouse yourself to punish all the nations;
    spare none of those who treacherously plot evil. Selah

Each evening they come back,
    howling like dogs
    and prowling about the city.
There they are, bellowing with their mouths
    with swords in their lips—
    for “Who,” they think, “will hear us?”

But you, O Lord, laugh at them;
    you hold all the nations in derision.
O my Strength, I will watch for you,
    for you, O God, are my fortress.
10 My God in his steadfast love will meet me;
    God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.

11 Kill them not, lest my people forget;
    make them totter by your power and bring them down,
    O Lord, our shield!
12 For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips,
    let them be trapped in their pride.
For the cursing and lies that they utter,
13     consume them in wrath;
    consume them till they are no more,
that they may know that God rules over Jacob
    to the ends of the earth. Selah

14 Each evening they come back,
    howling like dogs
    and prowling about the city.
15 They wander about for food
    and growl if they do not get their fill.

16 But I will sing of your strength;
    I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me a fortress
    and a refuge in the day of my distress.
17 O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
    for you, O God, are my fortress,
    the God who shows me 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. Confidence in God's Sovereignty

    In today's psalm, David writes of the time he was hunted by Saul. Saul was jealous because the women of Israel were singing "Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands." Two different times Saul tried to kill David by throwing a spear at him (1 Samuel 18:10-11; 1 Samuel 19:9-10) but he was able to escape. 

    After escaping the second time to his home, Saul sent men to keep watch over the house and kill David in the morning. But his wife Michal (Saul's daughter) helped him escape (1 Samuel 19:11-17). 

    In spite of this terror, David looks to the sovereign Lord for deliverance (Psalm 59:1-15) and to come to his defense (Psalm 59:16-17). 

    Notice that while David trusts in God's sovereignty, he doesn't just sit back and let things unfold as they will? David does all he can to survive the threats to his life but recognizes it is God who ultimately delivers and will defend him.

    It's interesting to note that David does not want the Lord to destroy the wicked too quickly so his people will not forget God's hatred of evil (Psalm 59:11). Prolonging the suffering of his enemies will serve as an example to Israel that God judges evil. 

    As we read our Bibles, God's hatred of sin is evident throughout. But his love is also evident in the grace and mercy he shows to those who recognize sin as an offense to Him and His holy name, who turn from it in repentance, and in faith devote themselves to Him in love, adoration and worship.

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~ 

    "I Wrestle With Sin" by Richard Alleine

    "You are my Lord and God, and I will serve you. I have chosen you as my inheritance forever, and I will wait for your salvation. Hear the sighing of your prisoner, and deliver your captive. My heart is with you.

    I pray that sin would no longer reign in my mortal body. I want nothing more to do with the throne of iniquity. Untie the chains, loosen the cuffs, and bring my soul out of prison.

    Search me, Lord, and know my heart. Prove me, and know my thoughts. Is there any way of wickedness in me? Do I willingly go after sin’s commandments? Do I harbor iniquity in my heart?

    It is true: My heart wars against you. It riots and rebels against you. But do I resign myself to it? Is it a pleasure to me? Am I at peace with it?

    Lord, you know. I cannot rid myself of the iniquity in my heart, I cannot do the things that I would, I cannot pray as I would. I cannot listen as I would — nor think, nor speak, nor live as I would. Wherever I go, sin goes with me. Where I stay, it stays. If I sit still, there it is with me. If I run from it, it follows me. I cannot rest, I cannot work, I cannot do anything — sin is always hounding me.

    And yet, blessed be your name, this I do: I fight against it. I wrestle with it, though it so often takes me down. I do not trust it, though it flatters me. I do not love it, though it feeds me.

    My heart is with you, Lord. I am following after you. I groan and I struggle in pain, waiting for your redemption. Until I die, I will not give up. I will die fighting. I will die hoping. I will die praying. Save me, Lord. Do not delay, my God. Amen."

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

  2. I was imagining how David would love to have been under the instruction of Jesus and then the apostles, and known that the persecution he was suffering at the hands of Saul and his armies was not in vain. I am certain his prayers would have changed in regards for his enemies. How blessed we are to know that God has a purpose even for persecution, and He wants us to show mercy even to our enemies, just as He showed mercy to us when we were His enemies!! 

    This whole passage in 1 Peter is an encouragement to me this morning before I head into work: 

    "Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For

    'Whoever desires to love life
        and see good days,
    let him keep his tongue from evil
        and his lips from speaking deceit;
    let him turn away from evil and do good;
        let him seek peace and pursue it.
    For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
        and his ears are open to their prayer.
    But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.'

    Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 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, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.

    "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him." 1 Peter 3:8-22

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