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December 20, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Hebrews 11-13
Audio: Hebrews 11-13

Psalm 9 (ESV)

To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David.

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
    I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
    I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

When my enemies turn back,
    they stumble and perish before your presence.
For you have maintained my just cause;
    you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.

You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish;
    you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins;
    their cities you rooted out;
    the very memory of them has perished.

But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
    he has established his throne for justice,
and he judges the world with righteousness;
    he judges the peoples with uprightness.

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 And those who know your name put their trust in you,
    for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

11 Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion!
    Tell among the peoples his deeds!
12 For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
    he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

13 Be gracious to me, O Lord!
    See my affliction from those who hate me,
    O you who lift me up from the gates of death,
14 that I may recount all your praises,
    that in the gates of the daughter of Zion
    I may rejoice in your salvation.

15 The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
    in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.
16 The Lord has made himself known; he has executed judgment;
    the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Higgaion. Selah

17 The wicked shall return to Sheol,
    all the nations that forget God.

18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
    and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.

19 Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail;
    let the nations be judged before you!
20 Put them in fear, O Lord!
    Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah

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  1. I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
        I will recount all of your wonderful deeds (Psalm 9:1)

    Giving Whole-Hearted Thanks to the Lord

    In today's psalm, David begins with thanksgiving. He expresses deep appreciation for the Lord because of who He is and what God has done for him.

    Notice he gives thanks to the Lord with his "whole heart." There is no half-hearted adoration but an all-encompassing gratefulness poured out for (and to) the Lord. 

    Jesus spoke of this whole-hearted devotion in Mark 12:28-33, And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

    One thing is clear throughout Scripture, God is not interested in lip service and half-hearted devotion. While it's true no one can love God and others with perfect execution, to love God is to love Him completely. Making others a priority and not being self-centered is an expression of our love for God that translates and transfers to those around us.

    Just as I love Michelle more as I get older and grow in my appreciation of her, my love for God increases as my faith deepens and I grow in knowledge of Him. 

    When we think of loving the Lord, do we include the phrase "with all your heart, soul, mind and strength?"

    When we think of loving our neighbor, do we include the phrase "as we love ourselves?"

  2. What an awesome chapter! 

    I had an amazing time in prayer this morning, before I read today's reading, and I'm astounded, because loving God with my whole heart is exactly what I was feeling! 

    I do as Michelle says: "Always return to the cross." I do, everyday, and today, as with many times, I cry with compassion and gratitude for Jesus. For God to give us His only Son, and for Jesus to go what he went through – for ME – I really don't have the words. All I know is, He is my very best friend, and as my relationship with Him grows day by day, I am constantly in awe. 

  3. "But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
        he has established his throne for justice,
    and he judges the world with righteousness;
        he judges the peoples with uprightness."

    This morning I read of a friend down the street whose son's truck was set on fire (she got outside right away and put it out!) by a young man she chased away. At first I was so angry! But then I remembered Jesus saying this about the signs of His return and the end of the age: 

    "And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." (Matthew 24:12-14)

    If I looked around at the world today, I would fall into anger or despair. But I have hope! Wonderful hope! When Christ returns, all will be judged according to their sins, and we can trust God to judge righteously. In the meantime, I want to live for His glory, looking forward to that day, and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with as many as will listen.


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