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March 12, 2020

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

Text: Joshua 5-8
Audio: Joshua 5-8

Psalm 92 (ESV)

A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
    to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
    and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp,
    to the melody of the lyre.
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
    at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

How great are your works, O Lord!
    Your thoughts are very deep!
The stupid man cannot know;
    the fool cannot understand this:
that though the wicked sprout like grass
    and all evildoers flourish,
they are doomed to destruction forever;
    but you, O Lord, are on high forever.
For behold, your enemies, O Lord,
    for behold, your enemies shall perish;
    all evildoers shall be scattered.

10 But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox;
    you have poured over me fresh oil.
11 My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
    my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.

12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree
    and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 They are planted in the house of the Lord;
    they flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They still bear fruit in old age;
    they are ever full of sap and green,
15 to declare that the Lord is upright;
    he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.


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. The Fruit of Righteousness

    I love the imagery of the righteous at the end of today's psalm. Starting in verse 12, the righteous…

    1. Flourish like the palm tree (Psalm 92:12)
    2. Grow like a cedar in Lebanon (Psalm 92:12)
    3. Are planted in the house of the Lord (Psalm 92:13)
    4. Flourish in the courts of our God (Psalm 92:13)
    5. Bear fruit in old age (Psalm 92:14)
    6. Are full of sap and green (Psalm 92:14)

    The psalmist then reveals the purpose…"to declare that the Lord is upright." He then speak of God being his rock and states there is "no unrighteousness in him" (Psalm 92:15).

    Colossians 1:10 reminds us to "walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God."

    Psalm 1:1-3a says…

    "Blessed is the man
        who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
    nor stands in the way of sinners,
        nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
    2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
        and on his law he meditates day and night.
    3 He is like a tree
        planted by streams of water
    that yields its fruit in its season,
        and its leaf does not wither."

    Jesus said in John 15:5; 8, "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples."

    Jesus also said in Matthew 7:17-20, "So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits."

    There are many more passages which speak of the necessity of believers bearing fruit. This fruit is not only the "fruit in keeping with repentance" (Matthew 3:8) but the fruit of the Holy Spirit's presence and work in us producing – "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control" (Galatians 5:22).

    Paul reminds us in this same section of Scripture to "walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16) and, "If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit" (Galatians 5:25). 

    The "bad fruit" would be the desires of the flesh which Paul also outlines in this same section of Galatians 5 – "For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God" (Galatians 5:17-21).

    With this in mind, does Psalm 92:12-14 come to life more vividly?

    Let's remember the warnings of our Lord in 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.'"

    Spiritual fruit isn't seasonal. It's in season year-round – in good weather and bad, in wind and rain, in sunshine and scorching heat. And this fruit needs to be beyond the things we say and even what we believe. The belief that saves is the belief that bears fruit. 

    We always need to remember that while John 3:16 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," John 3:36 shows us the fruitful belief that saves, "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."

    Is the fruit of genuine belief in your life?

    Is the fruit of the Spirit evident in you?

    Is the fruit of repentance evident in you?

    Is the fruit of God's righteousness evident in you?

    Are you still bearing fruit even as you grow older?

    Let's remember that only the "good soil" in the Parable of the Sower bears fruit. May the Lord till our soil daily through the reading of His Word and the working of His Spirit in us which brings the Word to life in our lives – not only so we bear more fruit but so we multiply!


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Draw Me Closer, In Your Time" by Richard Baxter

    "Can such a heart be worth having? Make it so, Lord, and then it is yours. Take it to yourself, and then take me. Like a feeble child to a tender mother I look up to you and stretch out my hands. I long to have you take them.

    You know I am not weary of your work. I am willing to stay while you here employ me. I dare not be so impatient of living, as to beg you to cut off my time. Nor would I stay when my work is done, and remain under your feet. I am content, Lord, to wait for your time, and go your way, if you will take me into your barn when you see that I am ripe.

    I am content to wait, but not to lose you. Quicken my dull desires, and blow on the dying spark of love. Do not leave me until I can sincerely cry out, As the deer pants for water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. Where can I find him to come and stand before him?

    Draw forth my soul to yourself by the secret power of your love, as the sunshine in the spring draws creatures from their winter homes. Meet it halfway, draw me to yourself, like a compass is drawn to the north.

    Dispel the clouds that hide your love from me, or remove the scales that keep my eyes from beholding you. For only the beams that stream from your face, and the taste of your salvation, can make a soul say, Lord, now let your servant depart in peace. Amen."

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

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