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February 11, 2020

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

Text: Numbers 1-2
Audio: Numbers 1-2

Psalm 62 (ESV)

To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
    from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

How long will all of you attack a man
    to batter him,
    like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
They only plan to thrust him down from his high position.
    They take pleasure in falsehood.
They bless with their mouths,
    but inwardly they curse. Selah

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
    for my hope is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my salvation and my glory;
    my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
    pour out your heart before him;
    God is a refuge for us. Selah

Those of low estate are but a breath;
    those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
    they are together lighter than a breath.
10 Put no trust in extortion;
    set no vain hopes on robbery;
    if riches increase, set not your heart on them.

11 Once God has spoken;
    twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
12     and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.
For you will render to a man
    according to his work.


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. Trust in him at all times, O people;
        pour out your heart before him;
        God is a refuge for us (Psalm 62:8).

    Trusting God Creates Contentment

    In today's psalm, David focuses on (and trusts in) God despite facing relentless attacks. As we have seen throughout the psalms, David faced many enemies but God was with Him at all times – even when He didn't sense His presence. 

    H.C. Leupold wrote, "There is scarcely another psalm that reveals such an absolute and undisturbed peace, in which confidence in God is so completely unshaken, and in which assurance is so strong that not even one single petition is voiced throughout the psalm."

    J. J. Stewart Perowne observed, "Scarcely anywhere do we find faith in God more nobly asserted, more victoriously triumphant; the vanity of man, of human strength and riches, more clearly confessed; courage in the midst of peril more calm and more unshaken, than in this psalm."

    No one "likes" to go through hard times. But as James 1:2-3 encourages us, we can consider it all joy (pure joy) when we go through trials of many kinds because we know that when our faith is tested, it produces the perseverance (endurance) we need to continue in our faith as opposed to the "faith" of the rocky or thorny ground in the Parable of the Sower which was not saving faith that always endures and perseveres. 

    Our Lord Himself said only, "the one who endures to the end will be saved."

    Romans 5:3-4 says that, "we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope."

    Hebrews 10:36 says, "For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised."

    May we be like David and trust in the Lord at all times and pour our hearts out before Him because He is our God and refuge in all times.

    Learning to trust God in all times is how we find true contentment.


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "To the God Who Bends Down to Reach Us" by Robert Hawker

    "Precious Lord Jesus! Oh for grace to love you, who have so loved us! You stoop to call such poor sinful people your own, and love them as your own, and consider every thing done for them and done to them as to yourself.

    Show my poor heart a portion of that love, that I may love you as my own and only Savior, and learn to love you to the end, as you have loved me and given yourself for me, an offering and a sacrifice to God.

    Precious Lord, continue to surprise my soul with the tokens of your love. All the tendencies of your grace, all the evidences of your favor, your visits, your love-tokens, your pardons, your renewings, your morning call, your mid-day feedings, your noon, your evening, your midnight grace.

    Jesus, you put forth your hand and touched a leper! Deal with me the same way, precious Lord. Though I am polluted and unclean, yet reach down to put forth your hand and touch me also."

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

  2. "On God rests my salvation and my glory;
        my mighty rock, my refuge is God."

     

    David is expressing his complete and total faith in God alone for salvation. By His grace alone are we saved. Our works and our obedience are an expression of God's workmanship in us, and of our love for Him not because we first loved Him, but because HE first loved us (1 John 4:19). David understands this truth already, just as Abraham did. 

    "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:8-10

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