Suggested Reading: Psalms 74-76
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Key Verse: Psalm 75:8
For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup,
And the wine is red;
It is fully mixed, and He pours it out;
Surely its dregs shall all the wicked of the earth
Drain and drink down.
We should always remember to let the Bible interpret the Bible, comparing Scripture with Scripture. Concerning the CUP in the hand of the Lord, we may consider the words of Jesus in His prayer of agony just before his arrest. “O My Father, if it is possible, let this CUP pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39b). The contents of the CUP are spoken of in Revelation 16:19, “The CUP of the wine of the fierceness of His [God’s] wrath.” God’s anger against sin, damned up since the sin of our first parents, is in the CUP which our Saviour drank. “We implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For he made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:20b & 21). For a New testament reading check out 2 Corinthians 5:9-21. The Apostle Paul urges us to have an aim to live our lives well pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 5:9).
In Psalm 74:10-11a there are three questions asked by David’s worship leader, Asaph. Asaph has found the answer and records in Psalm 75:2, “When I [God] choose the proper time, I will judge uprightly.” God will put the final period to the last history book of our time on earth. We can trust God to fulfill His complete purpose for us. We are His creation and the object of his love. Amen!!!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, the first verse of psalm 75 speaks to me and for me…”We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your Name is near.” May I show my thankfulness by living a life which is pleasing to You. Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I learned something new to me last Sunday. The present Pastor of the People’s Church, Toronto, Charles Price, said on Television that we do not find prayers in the Bible which begin with “Please.” He taught us that prayers which are of faith say “Thank You!” I checked my concordance and sure enough Charles is right, as usual. Our new leader for the Crossroads Ministry, Dr. John Hull, as Pastor of the People’s Church from 1993 to 2000, also taught me much on that Sunday morning telecast. I’ve asked John to give us 100 words or more here on the blog. Here are some thoughts from John on today’s reading… -David
Many in our media culture are growing increasingly accustomed to defaming and mocking the One we love. And while we must love them and pray for their hearts to soften to the things of God, the writer of the 76th Psalm makes very clear just who God is — and the fear and respect He deserves and demands. In this Psalm, God is described as a mighty warrior who breaks down the weapons of human warfare (verses1-3). God is depicted as “resplendent with light” and “more majestic than mountains rich with wild game” (verse 4). As the most valiant of men and warriors may try to position themselves as superior, by comparison, not one of them can even begin to lift their strong hands to an even stronger God (verse 5). A healthy view of the very character of God includes not only His love and mercy, but His justice and majesty. When attacks on God persist all around you, never forget that God in His wisdom and grace is in control and in all of eternity will have the final say…and humankind will listen and tremble. -John
Yours for getting to know our new Crossroads CEO, Dr. John Hull. God willing there will be more from John tomorrow.