Sunday, September 22, 2019

BY HEART!

Today’s┬áReading: Psalms 31-32

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King David’s Tomb is a site traditionally believed to be the burial place of David, King of Israel. It is located on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. Notice the harp, violin, and musical notes on the drapery that covers a sarcophagus, a stone casket. Songs, hymns, and poetry in the Hebrew language are the inheritance we have from King David. Jesus would have sung David’s songs in Hebrew. Our English language translators have done a great job in capturing the beauty of David’s language, particularly in the King James Version (1611 to about 1770 English). One of the reasons the New King James Version (the 1970s) is used in this blog is that while moving to modern English, the translators managed, for the most part, to keep the beauty and accuracy of the original English translations.

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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 psalm/hymn composed by David (31:5). Let’s move to these words, “Make Your face shine upon Your servant” (31:16). 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, and to take the next step and actually pray the Scriptures.

Yours for proclaiming the joyful message of salvation through Jesus,

David

10 thoughts on “Sunday, September 22, 2019

  1. Also from Psalm 31:
    “Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints!
    For the Lord preserves the faithful,
    And fully repays the proud person.
    Be of good courage,
    And He shall strengthen your heart,
    All you who hope in the Lord.”

    Thank You, Lord God, for your everyday help. We once again commit ourselves, our families, our leaders, and our countries to You. Thank You that You are faithful; help us to be faithful in return. Bless those You have called into leadership of your church. Help us to stand against the unclean spirits in this land, and fill us with your Holy Spirit so we can be your witnesses, in Jesus’s great name, amen

  2. Father, we pray for Wisdom in voting for those who come forward to rule in our land. We ask for Godly advisers & Your choice of leaders so that the country will uphold Your laws. In Jesus Name. Amen

  3. God bless you Rob! Yes Doreen I also pray for wisdom in voting for our leaders in Canada, I know that God knows who would be the right people, I pray He gives us wisdom in this matter. Blessings to all……

  4. Appreciated David’s comments and prayer

    Sunny day today here out West; I guess we are being blessed with summer after all:)

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