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February 13, 2020

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

Text: Numbers 5-6
Audio: Numbers 5-6

Psalm 64 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;
    preserve my life from dread of the enemy.
Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
    from the throng of evildoers,
who whet their tongues like swords,
    who aim bitter words like arrows,
shooting from ambush at the blameless,
    shooting at him suddenly and without fear.
They hold fast to their evil purpose;
    they talk of laying snares secretly,
thinking, “Who can see them?”
    They search out injustice,
saying, “We have accomplished a diligent search.”
    For the inward mind and heart of a man are deep.

But God shoots his arrow at them;
    they are wounded suddenly.
They are brought to ruin, with their own tongues turned against them;
    all who see them will wag their heads.
Then all mankind fears;
    they tell what God has brought about
    and ponder what he has done.

10 Let the righteous one rejoice in the Lord
    and take refuge in him!
Let all the upright in heart exult!


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. Enemies

    In today's psalm, like nearly every other one, David mentions his enemies. He certainly had many – both before and during his reign of king of Israel. Even though David mentions them so often he continues to trust that God will deliver him. 

    Also in the midst of uncertainty and threats there is praise. Psalm 64 ends with:

    "Let the righteous one rejoice in the Lord
        and take refuge in him!
    Let all the upright in heart exult!"

    We can learn a lot from David. People may scheme and plot against us, their words may wound us, their actions may hurt and harm us but God is our refuge. He is our strength.


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Sing the Song of Glory" by Robert Hawker

    "Lamb of God, you have delivered us from the wrath to come! You have made our peace in the blood of your cross. 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. "But God shoots his arrow at them;
        they are wounded suddenly.
    They are brought to ruin, with their own tongues turned against them;
        all who see them will wag their heads.
    Then all mankind fears;
        they tell what God has brought about
        and ponder what he has done."

    This reminds me of God's promises to Christians who are being persecuted, hated, slandered and held up for ridicule because of what we believe and live. Jesus promised those who said they wanted to be His disciples that they — we — would not live carefree lives filled with earthly riches and worldly pleasures. We would be asked to suffer for the name of Christ and for the gospel. And rather than retaliate with hatred, hostility and animosity toward those who hate us, Christ's love commands — demands! — that we love our enemies, bless them, pray for them.

    Because we know we don't deserve the mercy of God yet have received grace, we will suffer for love, as Christ did on the cross. 

    Do we love God and desire nothing less than His glory? Then we will love our neighbor, even if he or she hates us, while we wait for God:

    "The Day of the Lord is a period of time in which God will deal with wicked men directly and dramatically in fearful judgment. Today a man may be a blasphemer of God, an atheist, can denounce God and teach bad doctrine. Seemingly God does nothing about it. But the day designated in Scripture as 'the day of the Lord' is coming when God will punish human sin, and He will deal in wrath and in judgment with a Christ-rejecting world. One thing we are sure of, that God in His own way will bring every soul into judgment." (John F. Walvoord)

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