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March 6, 2020

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

Text: Deuteronomy 21-23
Audio: Deuteronomy 21-23

Psalm 86 (ESV)

A Prayer of David.

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am godly;
    save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.
Be gracious to me, O Lord,
    for to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
    for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
    abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
    listen to my plea for grace.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
    for you answer me.

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
    nor are there any works like yours.
All the nations you have made shall come
    and worship before you, O Lord,
    and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and do wondrous things;
    you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
    that I may walk in your truth;
    unite my heart to fear your name.
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
    and I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your steadfast love toward me;
    you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14 O God, insolent men have risen up against me;
    a band of ruthless men seeks my life,
    and they do not set you before them.
15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me;
    give your strength to your servant,
    and save the son of your maidservant.
17 Show me a sign of your favor,
    that those who hate me may see and be put to shame
    because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

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. Teach me your way, O Lord,
        that I may walk in your truth;
        unite my heart to fear your name (Psalm 86:11).

    Walking in Truth

    As noted in the King James Study Bible, "This is one of the five psalms called prayers (see also Psalms 17, 90, 102, 142). The psalm actually constitutes a mosaic arrangement of quotations and allusions to other psalms (especially Psalms 25–28; 54–57) and other books (Exodus, Deuteronomy, Isaiah, and Jeremiah).

    When I read David's desire to walk in God's truth, I was reminded of Galatians 5:16, "But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh."

    As Paul explains the battle between our flesh (sinful nature) and our new nature, and the conflict that exists between them (Galatians 5:16), he goes on to list the works (or deeds) of the flesh in Galatians 5:19-21. 

    Sexual immorality
    Fits of anger
    And things like these

    He then presents a warning to the Galatians that spans all of time:

    "I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."

    But Galatians 5:22-23 tells us what it looks like when we walk in the Spirit and the fruit that is produced in us:

    "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law."

    When our Lord was warning against false prophets who, "come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves" (Matthew 7:15), He says we will recognize them by their fruit (Matthew 7:16). He offers an illustration using a healthy tree that bears fruit and a deseased tree that bears bad fruit (Matthew 7:17-20) as a setup to one of the most terrifying parts of Scripture. 

    Matthew 7:21-23 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' 23 And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'"

    As we see in Matthew 7:21, paying God lip service (saying Lord, Lord) refers to people who talk a good game – and they know Jesus – but He doesn't "know" them. Obviously this refers to knowing these empty talkers in a saving way, not that they exist. 

    If you reject (or neglect) the teachings of Jesus recorded in Scripture you will not be able to follow Him (which is to talk in truth). Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." The truth we walk in is Him. The Spirit we walk in is His!

    David spoke of putting the truth of God into action when he said in Psalm 119:11, "I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." 

    You can't walk what you don't know. Store up God's truth in your heart. Find your delight in His law and meditate on it day and night (Psalm 1:2) and you will begin to walk in the truth, walk in the Spririt and run the race to win the prize (1 Corinthians 9:24). 

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "For When We Doubt" by Robert Hawker

    "My Lord and my God, would I cry out, under the same conscious shame of my dreadful unbelief, as Thomas did? Yes, Lord, you are still ministering, still serving. And though I lose sight of you a thousand and ten thousand times, it is plain and most evident that nothing but your strength could carry me through.

    In all the blessings of your finished redemption, you yourself are serving up grace to your people. You did first purchase all blessings with your blood, and now you live to see them administered by your Spirit.

    Precious Jesus, you are ever with me. By and by I will be with you. I will see you as you are, and I will be satisfied when I awake with your likeness. Amen."

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

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