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February 28, 2020

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

Text: Deuteronomy 3-4
Audio: Deuteronomy 3-4

Psalm 79 (ESV)

A Psalm of Asaph.

O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;
    they have defiled your holy temple;
    they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
They have given the bodies of your servants
    to the birds of the heavens for food,
    the flesh of your faithful to the beasts of the earth.
They have poured out their blood like water
    all around Jerusalem,
    and there was no one to bury them.
We have become a taunt to our neighbors,
    mocked and derided by those around us.

How long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever?
    Will your jealousy burn like fire?
Pour out your anger on the nations
    that do not know you,
and on the kingdoms
    that do not call upon your name!
For they have devoured Jacob
    and laid waste his habitation.

Do not remember against us our former iniquities;
    let your compassion come speedily to meet us,
    for we are brought very low.
Help us, O God of our salvation,
    for the glory of your name;
deliver us, and atone for our sins,
    for your name’s sake!
10 Why should the nations say,
    “Where is their God?”
Let the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants
    be known among the nations before our eyes!

11 Let the groans of the prisoners come before you;
    according to your great power, preserve those doomed to die!
12 Return sevenfold into the lap of our neighbors
    the taunts with which they have taunted you, O Lord!
13 But we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
    will give thanks to you forever;
    from generation to generation we will recount your praise.


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. Why should the nations say,
        “Where is their God?”

    Where is God?

    In today's psalm there is great anguish at the nations (pagans/heathens) defiling the holy temple, laying Jerusalem in ruins and the slaughter of many of God's people (Psalm 79:1-3). This is probably when Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the temple in 586 BC.

    In the midst of terror and destruction the nations were emboldened in their sin. They mocked the people of God because of their success. To them God does not exist because if He did, He would have stopped them.

    The same can be said today. Paul wrote about it in 2 Timothy 3:1-4, "But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God."

    Paul goes on to say, "Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:12-15).

    It's clear from this list that are in the last days. But let's be encouraged. We have access to the same sacred writings that Paul mentioned in 2 Timothy 3:15 which is able to make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus!


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "When Your Promises Keep Me" by Richard Alleine

    "I will not question your faithfulness. If you have said you are my God, should I fear that you are my enemy? If you have told me you are my Father, should I stand aloof, as if I were a stranger?

    I will believe, Lord; silence my fears. And as you have given me the claim and title of a child, so give me the confidence of a child.

    Let my heart be daily kept alive by your promises, and with this staff let me pass over Jordan. Turn these promises into my faithful companions and comforters. When I go, let them lead me. When I sleep, let them keep me. When I awake, let them talk with me.

    Keep these promises forever upon the thoughts and hearts of your people. Prepare their hearts for you."

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

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