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February 16, 2020

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

Text: Numbers 11-13
Audio: Numbers 11-13

Psalm 67 (ESV)

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.

May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
that your way may be known on earth,
    your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
    let all the peoples praise you!

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
    for you judge the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations upon earth. Selah
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
    let all the peoples praise you!

The earth has yielded its increase;
    God, our God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us;
    let all the ends of the earth fear him!


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. God's Saving Power

    When we think of people being "saved" in the context of the Bible, our focus may be on people and what we do in regards to being saved. But the Bible states many times that salvation is a work of God. 

    Psalm 3:8 – Salvation belongs to the LORD; your blessing be on your people! Selah

    Psalm 68:20 – Our God is a God of salvation, and to GOD, the Lord, belong deliverances from death.

    Jonah 2:9 – But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the LORD!

    Without God intervening on our behalf, no one would ever be saved. 

    Jesus said in John 6:44, "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day."

    When Jesus' disciples asked Him who can be saved, His response is clear, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" (Matt. 19:26).

    1 Corinthians 2:14 says, "The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned."

    In today's psalm, we see this saving act of God (in the context of nations" as His "saving power."

    We are blessed that although God has the right (and power) to condemn everyone for sin, those who are in Christ are in Christ because of Him. 

    God provides the way for us to be saved in Christ and His power sustains us in Christ.

    That is why we can sing along with the congregation of today's psalm (verses 3 and 5):

    "Let the peoples praise you, O God;
        let all the peoples praise you!"


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Jesus Only" by Robert Hawker

    "It is you, blessed Jesus, who have delivered me from the wrath to come. It is you who have quickened me by your Holy Spirit to a new and spiritual life. It is you who have sent your servants to call me to yourself, and have betrothed me to yourself forever.

    Oh let me feel in my soul those precious words of yours, concerning your church: 'I will call them my people.' And my whole soul will respond to the gracious sound, and say, 'The Lord is my God.' Amen."

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

  2. I am always incredulous that God drew me back to Him so that I could be saved. Incredulous, and grateful beyond words. 

    I know I've never done anything to deserve God's grace, forgiveness, and a second chance, yet I've received all three and so much more. I know what an incredible gift it is, and following Jesus is something I wish everyone in the world had chosen. 

     

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