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February 12, 2020

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

Text: Numbers 3-4
Audio: Numbers 3-4

Psalm 63 (ESV)

A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
    my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
    as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
    beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
    my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
    in your name I will lift up my hands.

My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
    and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
when I remember you upon my bed,
    and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
    and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
My soul clings to you;
    your right hand upholds me.

But those who seek to destroy my life
    shall go down into the depths of the earth;
10 they shall be given over to the power of the sword;
    they shall be a portion for jackals.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God;
    all who swear by him shall exult,
    for the mouths of liars will be stopped.


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. O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
        my soul thirsts for you;
    my flesh faints for you,
        as in a dry and weary land where there is no water (Psalm 63:1).

    My God

    I love that in spite of David’s sins, (and there were many), he found refuge in God. Even though he failed in his life, he still saw God as HIS God (Psalm 63:1) and viewed God as his protector (Psalm 63:7).

    How often when we fail do we earnestly seek Him? Sometimes when we sin, we continue spiraling out of control because we don’t seek God for protection and help which only makes matters worse.

    One of the verses I mentioned in yesterday’s sermon was Galatians 5:16, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” When we disconnect from God and gratify the desires of our sinful nature, our souls should thirst for God as if we’re in a “dry and weary land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1). How often do we just “numb” this thirst with more sin?

    I pray for myself and all of us as a church that we would be so “in tune with God” that even when our thoughts stray from Him, we recognize it and hold these ungodly thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Sing the Song of Glory" by Robert Hawker

    "Great, glorious, everlasting Redeemer! You are indeed both the high priest and the altar, both the sacrifice and the sacrificer. Your one offering has both put out the fire of divine wrath and caused the holy flame of love and peace to burn there instead, which has kindled in every heart of your people.

    Lamb of God, you have delivered us from the wrath to come! You have made our peace in the blood of your cross.

    By your blood you have quenched the just fire of divine indignation against sin. You have quenched no less than all the fiery darts of Satan. You have subdued the flaming antagonism of our hearts, with all their fiery lusts and burning affections.

    What will I say to you? What will I say of you? What will I proclaim concerning you, the Lord our righteousness?

    Lord, help me to begin the song, and never entertain sin or Satan—not even death itself, or allow it for a moment to interrupt the heavenly note.

    Instead let your name fill my entire soul and vibrate on my dying lips, so that I may open my eyes in eternity, while the words still hang there.

    'To him who has loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and made us kings and priests to God and the Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.'"

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

  2. "My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
        and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
    when I remember you upon my bed,
        and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
    for you have been my help,
        and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy."

    Amen! 

    How often I have foolishly turned to the temporary pleasures of this world to assuage my soul-thirst — even to those blessed gifts given to us by God for our enjoyment (and His glory!) — and found myself still thirsting for what only God can provide! Whether day or night, my heart so easily forgets the comfort and deep satisfaction and peace I have experienced when meditating upon Almighty God and just being with Him, and instead turns in a moment to seeking rest and refuge elsewhere, and coming up still empty. 

    The soul's thirst cannot ever be satisfied with earthly things. I just thought of Moses, who "by faith…when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward." (Hebrews 11:24-25)

    Moses' faith in God is such an example to me. How blessed I am to know these truths and be reminded of them today! 

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