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February 17, 2020

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

Text: Numbers 14-15
Audio: Numbers 14-15

Psalm 68 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song.

God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered;
    and those who hate him shall flee before him!
As smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away;
    as wax melts before fire,
    so the wicked shall perish before God!
But the righteous shall be glad;
    they shall exult before God;
    they shall be jubilant with joy!

Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
    lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts;
his name is the Lord;
    exult before him!
Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
    is God in his holy habitation.
God settles the solitary in a home;
    he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
    but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

O God, when you went out before your people,
    when you marched through the wilderness, Selah
the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain,
    before God, the One of Sinai,
    before God, the God of Israel.
Rain in abundance, O God, you shed abroad;
    you restored your inheritance as it languished;
10 your flock found a dwelling in it;
    in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.

11 The Lord gives the word;
    the women who announce the news are a great host:
12     “The kings of the armies—they flee, they flee!”
The women at home divide the spoil—
13     though you men lie among the sheepfolds—
the wings of a dove covered with silver,
    its pinions with shimmering gold.
14 When the Almighty scatters kings there,
    let snow fall on Zalmon.

15 O mountain of God, mountain of Bashan;
    O many-peaked mountain, mountain of Bashan!
16 Why do you look with hatred, O many-peaked mountain,
    at the mount that God desired for his abode,
    yes, where the Lord will dwell forever?
17 The chariots of God are twice ten thousand,
    thousands upon thousands;
    the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary.
18 You ascended on high,
    leading a host of captives in your train
    and receiving gifts among men,
even among the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell there.

19 Blessed be the Lord,
    who daily bears us up;
    God is our salvation. Selah
20 Our God is a God of salvation,
    and to God, the Lord, belong deliverances from death.
21 But God will strike the heads of his enemies,
    the hairy crown of him who walks in his guilty ways.
22 The Lord said,
    “I will bring them back from Bashan,
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
23 that you may strike your feet in their blood,
    that the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from the foe.”

24 Your procession is seen, O God,
    the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary—
25 the singers in front, the musicians last,
    between them virgins playing tambourines:
26 “Bless God in the great congregation,
    the Lord, O you who are of Israel’s fountain!”
27 There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead,
    the princes of Judah in their throng,
    the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.

28 Summon your power, O God,
    the power, O God, by which you have worked for us.
29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem
    kings shall bear gifts to you.
30 Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds,
    the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.
Trample underfoot those who lust after tribute;
    scatter the peoples who delight in war.
31 Nobles shall come from Egypt;
    Cush shall hasten to stretch out her hands to God.

32 O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God;
    sing praises to the Lord, Selah
33 to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens;
    behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.
34 Ascribe power to God,
    whose majesty is over Israel,
    and whose power is in the skies.
35 Awesome is God from his sanctuary;
    the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people.
Blessed be God!

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. Blessed be the Lord,
        who daily bears us up;
        God is our salvation (Psalm 68:19)

    God Dailly Bears Us Up

    Since September 2017, one month after starting Love and Light Christian Church, I have posted our Daily Bible Reading to give us an opportunity for God to bear us up in His Word each day. This daily commitment has changed my life and I know it has impacted those who have participated. 

    As today's psalm has unfolded, David looked back at what God has done for Israel in its past. In Psalm 68:19, we see the word "daily" used which highlights praising God for being the same in the past as he is in the present and in anticipation for what God will do in the future. 

    James Montgomery Boice writes in his commentary, "Psalm 68 is a praise psalm among other things, and this is even how it ends: 'Praise be to God!' So let us praise him . . . Let us remember that even though we may suffer discouragements now and sometimes be defeated, we can still press on in steady faith, knowing that Jesus is on the throne and that everyone will eventually bow before him. And let us be encouraged by remembering that we will reign with him in that day."

    The writer of Hebrews says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8) and that message is clear in Psalm 68. Let us praise Him daily!

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Taking Hold of God's Promises" by Joseph Alleine

    "O my God and my Father, I accept you with all humble thankfulness, and I am bold to take hold of you.

    O my King and my God, I subject my soul and all its powers to you.

    O my glory, in you I will boast all day long.

    O my rock, on you I will build all my confidence and my hopes.

    O staff of my life and strength of my heart, the life of my joys and the joy of my life, I will sit and sing under your shadow and glory in your holy name.

    O my God, I lay my hand on my mouth; I confess the charge of my unworthiness. My guilt and shame are such that I cannot cover them, but you can and do.

    O my God, I see you have been at work with my soul. I find the prints; I see the footsteps. Surely this is the finger of God. I am your servant, O Lord. Truly, I am your servant. And my soul says, 'You are my Lord.'

    You have written your name on my heart, so I cannot question that you have my name on your heart. I have chosen you, O Lord, as my happiness and heritage, and therefore I am sure you have chosen me. For I could not have loved you, unless you loved me first. Amen."

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

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