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March 13, 2020

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

Text: Joshua 9-11
Audio: Joshua 9-11

Psalm 93 (ESV)

The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty;
    the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
Your throne is established from of old;
    you are from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
    the floods have lifted up their voice;
    the floods lift up their roaring.
Mightier than the thunders of many waters,
    mightier than the waves of the sea,
    the Lord on high is mighty!

Your decrees are very trustworthy;
    holiness befits your house,
    Lord, forevermore.

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 Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty (Psalm 93:1)

    The Majesty of God

    In today's short reading, the psalmist immediately directs his (and our) full attention to the majesty of God. The word "majesty" appears 42 times in Scripture, 11 in the psalms:

    Psalm 21:5 – His glory is great through your salvation; splendor and majesty you bestow on him.

    Psalm 29:4 – The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

    Psalm 45:3 – Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one, in your splendor and majesty!

    Psalm 45:4 – In your majesty ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; let your right hand teach you awesome deeds!

    Psalm 68:34 – Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel, and whose power is in the skies.

    Psalm 93:1 – The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.

    Psalm 96:6 – Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

    Psalm 104:1 – Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty.

    Psalm 111:3 – Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.

    Psalm 145:5 – On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.

    Psalm 148:13 – Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven.

    In an article at Ligonier Ministries on today's psalm, the author writes about the Lord being robed in majesty:

    "In today’s passage, we find a model for praising the Lord for His sovereign reign, particularly as it is exemplified in His rule as the Creator. Our Lord is “robed in majesty” and “has put on strength as his belt” (Ps. 93:1). What is the evidence of His kingly office? The creation itself. God’s world has been established and will never be moved (v. 2). This does not mean our universe will continue in its present state forever, as we know that there is a new heaven and earth coming where righteousness reigns (2 Peter 3:13). Instead, the psalmist is speaking of God’s sovereign rule over all. Other ancient Near Eastern religions believed creation was subject to the reign of competing and chaotic powers, but the God revealed in Scripture has no rivals. Since He has established His throne over creation itself, nothing falls outside His sovereign decree. We can trust Him forever because He controls all (Eph. 1:11)."

    2 Peter 1:16 says, "For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, 'This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,' 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain."

    As Peter writes of the transfiguration he and the other apostles witnessed (Matthew 17:1–8, Mark 9:2–8, Luke 9:28–36), he speaks of Christ's revealed glory which points to His return to judge the world. Just as in Peter's day, people deny the second coming of Christ. 

    As we have seen ungodliness and rampant immortality normalized, accepted and promoted and godliness and morality interpreted at hate speech (of all things), it is clear that time is coming. 

    Revelation 22:20 says, "He who testifies to these things says, 'Surely I am coming soon.' Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!"

    Until that day 2 Timothy 3:1-7 says, "But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth."

    Come Lord Jesus, Come!

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "A New Passion to Follow God" by Philip Doddridge

    "Do what you will with us, God. We are your servants! Give us life and support, and the weakest of your children will not stumble at the greatest of your promises on account of unbelief. Strong in faith, we will give you glory.

    Lift up our affections to higher and nobler things than what our lowest human nature pursues. Teach us to completely control our bodies, that we would not be cast away from your presence or fall into that horrible place where every ounce of sinful pleasure will be paid for with pounds of misery and despair.

    Send your Spirit fully into our hearts, Lord, and teach us to cry 'Abba, Father!' As children, draw us to yourself with reverence and confidence. Show us how to love each other, even the family of God you so graciously lead."

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

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