Suggested Reading: Psalms 31-32
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Key Verse: Psalm 32:5
I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
The key verse should sound familiar to us because of our common human condition. David shows us that the only way we can experience the freedom and joy God intends for us is through acknowledging and confessing our sin. A New Testament teaching we should read regularly is 1 John 1, the entire chapter.
There are two other verses in today’s reading that we may want to read again. Jesus began His ministry quoting His Bible during His wilderness fasting, and now here are His last words from the Cross quoted from this hymn composed by David (30:5). Let’s move to these words, “Make Your face shine upon Your servant” (30:16). Back in Psalm 4 David writes, “Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.” David is borrowing from Moses here. Moses taught us a three-fold blessing which we use in our benedictions even today. Check it out from Numbers 6:22-27.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, my prayer today is Psalm 32:5-11. I’m reading this to You Lord! Thank You that as a result I can “be glad,” and I can “shout for joy!” Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
From my childhood the expression “to know by heart” meant I had memorized a poem for recitation to my public school teacher in front of the class. In Sunday School I was required to recite the weekly memory verse “by heart.” My mother and older sisters made sure I had it right. Again and again Jesus quoted from His Hebrew Bible. He’s my example of the importance of the “Word.” I’m learning daily to count on the Holy Spirit to bring to my memory Scriptures which I’ve learned by heart that show me how to respond to the need at hand. Please join me in reading John 16:7-15. The Holy Spirit guides within the authority of the written Word of God. I’ve learned to always check with Scripture. That way the one who masquerades as an “angel of light” cannot deceive me, as he has done to many founders of certain religions and their followers. Read 2 Corinthians 11:13-15. These powerful charismatic leaders had access to Holy Scripture, but they chose to follow dreams, visions, so called angelic appearances, etc., instead of what Peter called, “the more sure Word of prophecy.” I’ve just read 2 Peter 1-16-21. I googled the words, “more sure word of prophecy,” and sure enough up came a man who said he had received a book from an angelic appearance to him. The man’s name is Joseph Smith. The result was that he perpetrated, as Peter wrote, “cunningly devised fables.” No archeological evidence exists to support his story of the inhabitants who his book says came from across the Atlantic Ocean, established a civilization over several generations, but were all killed by the aboriginal people who were already living in North and South America. He said that the angel’s name was Moroni. The Morman religion is the result of this message said to be from an angel. The Apostle Paul wrote, “If we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8)
Yours with the assurance that I’m trying, however unsuccessfully, for the goal of 100 words in each of the segments of this blog, Again, please forgive me for exceeding the goal almost every day.
P.S. It has occurred to me that some of our blog readers may have children visiting today. So let me link you to one of Crossroads’ recent productions which ties in with our key verse on forgiveness…click here for one of our children’s productions from crossroads360.com. The program is called “RocKids TV.”