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March 10, 2020

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

Text: Deuteronomy 32-34
Audio: Deuteronomy 32-34

Psalm 90 (ESV)

A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
    in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
    or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You return man to dust
    and say, “Return, O children of man!”
For a thousand years in your sight
    are but as yesterday when it is past,
    or as a watch in the night.

You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,
    like grass that is renewed in the morning:
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
    in the evening it fades and withers.

For we are brought to an end by your anger;
    by your wrath we are dismayed.
You have set our iniquities before you,
    our secret sins in the light of your presence.

For all our days pass away under your wrath;
    we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
10 The years of our life are seventy,
    or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
    they are soon gone, and we fly away.
11 Who considers the power of your anger,
    and your wrath according to the fear of you?

12 So teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom.
13 Return, O Lord! How long?
    Have pity on your servants!
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
    that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
    and for as many years as we have seen evil.
16 Let your work be shown to your servants,
    and your glorious power to their children.
17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
    and establish the work of our hands upon us;
    yes, establish the work of our hands!

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. You have set our iniquities before you,
        our secret sins in the light of your presence (Psalm 90:8)

    Secret Sins

    When we visited Pilgrim's Baptist Church Sunday morning, the men's group that met before the worship service went through Psalm 139 together. As I read today's chapter, specifically Psalm 90:8), I was reminded of the verses which speak of God searching David – and David's desire to be searched by the God.

    Psalm 139:1 "O Lord, you have searched me and known me!"

    Psalm 139:3 "You search out my path and my lying down
        and are acquainted with all my ways."

    Psalm 139:4 "Even before a word is on my tongue,
        behold, O Lord, you know it altogether."

    This amazing psalm ends with David saying in Psalm 139:23-24…

    "Search me, O God, and know my heart!
        Try me and know my thoughts!
    And see if there be any grievous way in me,
        and lead me in the way everlasting!"

    David not only welcomes this search (and rescue) mission, he goes a step further inviting God to try him and know his thoughts! The fact that God not only sees what we do but knows our thoughts before we do, and knows what we're going to say before we do is astonishing. 

    Most people work hard to hide their sin – at least from others. But here David asks God to search him to see if there is any grievous (wicked) way in him. 

    David is not content dealing with the sin he is aware of. He wants God's help to see every remnant of sin and the residue left behind so that it can be eradicate – enabling David to enjoy the closest possible relationship with God. He did not want anything impeeding the intimacy available to him with the Lord. 

    But most people find themselves in John 3:19-20 which records Jesus saying, "And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed."

    That is why arguably the most well-known and most-memorized verse in the Bible, John 3:16 which says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life," needs to be in the context of people hating the light as their deeds are evil since they are attached to the same verses in John 3. 

    John 3:16 also needs to be attached to the last verse of this same chapter:

    "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him" (John 3:36). 

    The word obey is an important word as the emphasis is not only what you believe or don't believe but is more closely related to receiving Christ or rejecting Him. 

    We don't obey in order to be saved. We obey because we are saved.

    We all know that David was far from perfect. The Bible records his sin in great detail. And yet, Scripture also reveals that David was a man after God's own heart. This is at least partly due to his hatred of sin and his response to it.

    It's easy for us to see wickedness all around us and think we're doing pretty good. But when God searches us for ANY wickedness, He most certainly will find some – even in the most sincere followers of Christ.

    If we are fruitful Christians who keep short accounts with God by repenting of sin when we become aware of it, and we don't live detached from the faith we say we have, then we should want to know the wickedness God finds in us – the wickedness that we may be oblivious to (or struggling with).

    When we read Psalm 90:8 and recognize like David, our iniquities are before God and our secret sins are exposed in the light of His presence, does that bring conviction and repentance or do we stick our heads in the ground and pretend God doesn't know – content to hide it from others?

    Just as David ends Psalm 139 with "lead me in the way everlasting!", followers of Christ are being led in the way everlasting when God searches our hearts, tries us and knows our thoughts. When our wickedness is revealed to us (no longer hidden from us), we can rejoice knowing God is pruning the unfruitful branches in us and conforming us to the image of Christ through the sanctifying work of searching us, exposing our sin and giving us the desire and power to overcome it. 

    Yes, this is a life-long journey and we never arrive this side of heaven. But if God isn't revealing to us the parts of us that are not Christlike, then we either are not listening or we are not clay in the potter's hands molding us and shaping us into vessels fitted for good use and His glory.

    Do you desire to have the closest possible relationship with God?

    Allow Him to search your heart and try your thoughts so nothing impeeds the intimacy with God available to you through Christ.

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Your Will Be Done" by Richard Alleine

    "Now speak, Lord, and I will hear. Now call, Lord, and I will answer. Now command me, impose on me what you will, and I will submit. Do with your own, demand of your own, whatever you please.

    What will you have me be, Lord, what will you have me do? That is what I will do and be.

    No longer what I will, but your will be done. Amen."

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

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