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March 4, 2020

Please read today’s Scriptures and use the comment section on this page to share your insights from today’s reading. You can also just mention a verse that impacted you or post a question!

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

Text: Deuteronomy 14-16
Audio: Deuteronomy 14-16

Psalm 84 (ESV)

To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

How lovely is your dwelling place,
    Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, faints
    for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
    to the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home,
    and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
    my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
    ever singing your praise! Selah

Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
    in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
As they go through the Valley of Baca
    they make it a place of springs;
    the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
    each one appears before God in Zion.

Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
    give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
Behold our shield, O God;
    look on the face of your anointed!

10 For a day in your courts is better
    than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
    than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
    the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
    from those who walk uprightly.
12 Lord of hosts,
    blessed is the one who trusts in you!


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. For a day in your courts is better
        than a thousand elsewhere.
    I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
        than dwell in the tents of wickedness (Psalm 84:10)

    I Would Rather…

    Before Christ, I would have done nearly anything to be a famous guitarist. I spent hour after hour, year after year honing my craft. I invested money I didn't have on equipment and neglected responsibilities I did have – all for the pursuit of recognition and validation as a guitar player. 

    Today, I would rather spend one day in Christ than play for thousands of fans. I would rather clean toilets for the glory of God than play guitar for my own glory. 

    I can't help be reminded of the song, "Better is One Day" by Matt Redman" (which is based on today's psalm):

    How lovely is Your dwelling place
    O Lord Almighty
    For my soul longs and even faints for You
    For here my heart is satisfied
    Within Your presence
    I sing beneath the shadow of Your wings
     
    Better is one day in Your courts
    Better is one day in Your house
    Better is one day in Your courts
    Than thousands elsewhere

    One thing I ask and I would seek
    To see Your beauty
    To find You in the place Your glory dwells

    As Michelle was getting ready for work this morning I heard her singing along with "Give Me Jesus" by Fernando Ortega (which I think is timely based on today's reading):

    In the morning, when I rise
    In the morning, when I rise
    In the morning, when I rise
    Give me Jesus

    Give me Jesus
    Give me Jesus
    You can have all this world
    Just give me Jesus

    When I am alone
    When I am alone
    Oh, when I am alone
    Give me Jesus

    Give me Jesus
    Give me Jesus
    You can have all this world
    Just give me Jesus

    When I come to die
    When I come to die
    Oh, when I come to die
    Give me Jesus

    Give me Jesus
    Give me Jesus
    You can have all this world
    Just give me Jesus

    Amen!


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Enlarge My Heart So You May Dwell There" by William Bridge

    "Lord Jesus, your work is to declare the name of the Father to poor sinners, so you may be in them. Now, Lord, I am a poor sinner. Declare the name of the Father to me, Lord. Declare the name of the Father to me.

    I have a poverty-stricken heart, without even room enough for you in my soul. Oh that it were enlarged for you! So now declare this name of your Father to me, that the love by which your Father has loved you may be in me, and I in you also. Amen."

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

  2.  "Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
        in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
    As they go through the Valley of Baca
        they make it a place of springs;
        the early rain also covers it with pools.
    They go from strength to strength;
        each one appears before God in Zion."

    I found out the "Valley of Baca" is mentioned in Scripture in only this one place, and "baca" means "weeping." So while this may be a real place people traveled on the way to Jerusalem, I'm reading this metaphorically, having experienced the "valley of weeping" transformed into such a beautiful and refreshing place when my strength is found in God, in Christ, and my heart is a "highway to Zion."

    "But [God] said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

    For those who are in Christ, the trials and valleys of suffering we experience or walk through do not have to be what they are for the world — places of misery and railing against our circumstances. Instead, for the Christian, they are places of testing, of showing us our need, of revealing to us our weaknesses and frailties, of turning us from dependence on our own strength to dependence on God for His grace. What the world sees as our strength during those times is an opportunity for us to proclaim the grace of God, for His glory! 

    Praise God! 

     

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