Wednesday, October 9, 2019

DRAW NEAR TO GOD

Today’s Reading: Psalm 73

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Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece, located in the Olympus Range on the border between Thessaly and Macedonia, about 80 km southwest from Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city. Mount Olympus has 52 peaks. In Greek mythology Olympus was the home of the twelve Olympian gods of the ancient Greek world.

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Key Verse: Psalm 73:24-25

You will guide me with Your counsel,

And afterward receive me to glory.

Whom have I in heaven but You?

And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.

 

Psalm 73 was composed by Asaph, one of David’s choir leaders. It appears that doubt had crept into Asaph’s mind about his own relationship with God. Was it worthwhile? Did it make any difference? While he had these questions, he knew that his responsibility to his generation as a leader must take first priority. We may want to read a second time Psalm 73:15-17. He refused to be “untrue to the generation of Your children.” His thinking turned around when “he went into the sanctuary of God.” Faithfully attending the House of God, worshipping God in His sanctuary, and hearing the preaching of the Word of God will adjust our thinking in a most positive direction. Asaph concludes, in the final statement of the Psalm, that “It is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Your works!”

This Hymn continued to be sung for hundreds of years (read 2 Chronicles 29:27-31).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, my desire is to draw closer to You every day without missing even one day. I thank You for giving me grace to be faithful in praising You for Who You are and for giving me discipline in my daily reading of Your Word! May I learn from Asaph how vitally important it is that I represent You to others, particularly the children, in a consistent and true way. I pray this in the Name of the One who is always faithful, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’ve struggled with the same concerns that Asaph puts into words. Asaph writes, “But as for me, my feet almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped” (73:2). But as with Asaph, I did not stumble or slip. The grace of God was given to me, and I determined to concentrate on the Scriptures, on prayer, and on the Person and work of Jesus Christ! The second to last book of the Bible, Jude, has serious warnings about those who may have served God faithfully at one time, but at some point in their lives they stumbled and fell away from living like Jesus lived. Some in ministry have brought shame upon the reputation of the Lord, the Pastor/Teacher and the Evangelist. In Jude I find words such as “licentiousness” and “sexual immorality.” They “reject authority” and practice “greed.” Jude, the brother of James, is hard on those who claim to be teachers and who live, “according to their own lusts, mouth great swelling words, and gain advantage by flattering people.” Jude says that there are those who are “sensual persons, who cause divisions” (click here to read Jude). I’m thrilled to read the concluding words of Jude, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Saviour, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen!”

Yours as a sinner saved by grace alone,

David

21 thoughts on “Wednesday, October 9, 2019

  1. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Thank You, Father, for all your blessings. We have so much in this country. Forgive us for our greed, our selfishness, our pride, our laziness, and our complacency. Please give us as a nation your vision for us. We ask for godly leaders, for your wisdom for our leaders, that we will cherish and preserve the freedoms we have in Canada. Bless all those who stand up for freedom of speech, religion, and the press. Have your perfect way in us, in Canada, and in all this world. We ask in Jesus’s name above all names. Amen

    • It does not look like we will get a Trump to rescue us from our O’Bamma but I think we will see a reversal to this downward spiral of liberal degradation as the nation begins to catch on that political correctness is a smokescreen for deceit and wickedness.We must turn back to ‘the old ways’…..of moral decency and corporate worship in the churches to show God we accept Him as sovereign ruler over our lives (and our nation).
      Pray that our new leader will have this trust in God.
      Inspired by Psalm 73:24-25
      With wise counsel Thou will guide me
      ‘Til in glory Thou make me free,
      For Who in heaven have I but Thee
      And with no mortal I choose but with Thee to be,
      For earthly strength may up and flee;
      But Thou be my portion for eternity.
      (G.W.)Bill Marshall/Oct 09, 2015
      When the luxuries of the greedy become common place then they will always want more,ie:always renovating a home because it ‘seems’ stale.Greed is the anchor that will drown the wicked:
      “15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,” (as ‘they’ do/did.)
      Behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of Your children.
      16 When I thought how to understand this,
      It was [e]too painful for me—
      17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God;
      Then I understood their end.”

      • Yes William
        let us be thankful for the Holy Spirit that calls,gathers and enlightens people to the Word of God, Jesus Christ as our Saviour over all the world;
        yes we will be thankful for all that God has done for us and He will continue to do so;

  2. Lord, I lift up Sah yo you. She has been crying to you for help. Her hope is in You!
    You know her needs and desires and I ask You Lord to minister to her according to Your Will! You are the One who supplies all our needs according to Your riches in glory. Lord, send Sah the answer to her financial needs and give her wisdom in all decisions.
    Thank you for your goodness to us, all! Bless my fellow bloggers this day. For those facing difficulties, please come to their aid and encourage them. Amen!

  3. I prayed David’ prayer and truly agree with his comments and 100 Personal Words!
    Thank you Ron and Ann for continuing to post this daily bread!

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