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Monday, November 12, 2018

November 12 – Singing Forever

“I will sing of the lovingkindness of the Lord forever; To all generations I will make known Your faithfulness with my mouth.”  Psalm 89:1 (NASB)

Today we look again at a psalm the people of Israel sang to express the their feelings of devotion and thanksgiving to God.  As we think of God's love for us we too can be inspired to sing with real joy.  When we remember how faithful God has been to us, always keeping His promises we can be inspired to share that with others.  This is what and how the psalmists shared God's faithfulness with their mouth.  This is how we too do so when we sing praises, spiritual songs, and hymns.  God's love and His faithfulness are not just temporal but they are eternal and have always been and will always be. Those of us who believe and have received God's gift of salvation know the  blessing of singing about it and the promise that we will continue singing the praises to God in heaven. 

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

November 11 – From Whom Comes Victory

“It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.”  Psalm 44:3 (NIV)

One of the ways that the Children of Israel would preserve their stories and their history was in songs.  This psalm was written to be sung for the purpose of remembering what God had done for them in securing the Promised Land and to offer up prayer and thanksgiving to God.  It was good for them to remember that God was the one giving them the victory.  He did so by His right hand, His arm, and the light of His face, all out of His love for them.  We can rejoice that God is the same today and while Christians are not a nation of people possessing real estate and land, they are God's children and members of His family wherever we are in the world.  He cares for us and watches over us just as He did for the people of Israel.  As we reflect we can remember the ways God has intervened in our lives and it is by His grace and power and wisdom that we make it through day by day. 

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

November 10 – Rest Time

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.”  Psalm 62:5 (ESV)

The idea of waiting in silence as we read in this verse is very close to the idea of resting.  God created us humans and gave us a physical body that needs rest for recuperation from the work we do.  God also gave us a soul which also requires rest and we get that rest by waiting for God in silence.  While we wait we hear and learn to believe in God's promises.  That's what gives us hope and that hope comes from God.  We commonly use the word 'hope' in a different way and think of it as a wish we want but don't know if we will get it.  But God created us to have hope that comes from Him and never disappoints us.  Our hope grows and gets stronger as we wait in silence.  As we wait in silence, we think about and meditate on what God has said and promised.  He promises us hope that comes from his unchangeable character and lovingkindness.  Today we can do it; wait only for God and for Him alone. 

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Friday, November 9, 2018

November 9 – Set Free and Promised

“For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”  Hebrews 9:15 (NIV)

God has made wonderful provision for those who belong to His family by faith in Jesus.  The Bible verse we have today reminds us of this provision.  What is it that God has promised? It is an inheritance for those who belong to His family. We know that inheritances are usually planned in advance and there is usually a document to specify what it will be.  Well, that is the case with the promise we are considering here.  This inheritance in our verse, which is the document, is an eternal inheritance.  It will never run out, never decay, and never be taken away from us.  It is an inheritance more precious than we are able to imagine.  Friends, if you have believed in Jesus, you are God's child.  You are free from any condemnation and He is preparing to bring you to heaven where you will forever enjoy what our verse tells us about.  

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

November 8 – Offering What is Due

“Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed.  O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come.”  Psalm 65:1-2 (ESV)

These verses remind us of several reasons why God's people come to Him.  Just as His people were used to going to Jerusalem to praise God so we have the same desire and opportunity wherever we are.  We can praise Him anytime in our hearts.  It does not matter where we are and we don't have to be at any special place or take any specific posture.  As we turn to the Lord we remember the promises we have made to Him.  We don't need to go to the temple to fulfill our vows for we can renew our promises as we draw near to Him anyplace. And, of course we know that we can approach God in prayer because He does hear our prayer.  What a joy it is to remember just as David did in our verse today that our praise is due to God who promises to hear our prayers of praise.  

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

November 7 – How To Please Him

“The Lord delights in those who fear him,  who put their hope in his unfailing love.”  Psalm 147:11 (NIV)

It is our purpose to please God and to praise him.  We can do this by how we live.  Our God has done so much for us that our supreme desire should be to please Him.  We learn from our verse today a promise from God and a means to please Him.  We've mentioned that when the Bible speaks of fearing God it means showing Him the respect which He deserves.  This is what God expects of us and when we do show Him respect and reverence and awe, He is pleased with us.  Our God also wants us to remember that He loves us and always will loved us.  He wants us to know and expect Him to act in love toward us.  Even when things do not seem to be going our way, He wants us to remember that He loves us and we have reason to expect Him to demonstrate His love.  If we do that, He will be pleased and delighted as our verse says.  This is one way we can know to please our promise giving God today.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

November 6 – Being Made Complete

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)

We have a wonderful resource in our Bible which our God has provided for us.  God has given us His Word, and His people have recognized its value from the earliest days.  So, when the Apostle Paul wrote His second letter to Timothy, he stressed this fact in the verse we have today.  God has a purpose in inspiring the writers of Scripture to write what they wrote.  And He has followed through by preserving these writings so that we have them available to us today, many centuries later.  God has helped His people to maintain the scriptures as He intended so that we may know His plan and purpose for our lives.  And what has been God's purpose?  It has been to equip each of us to carry on His work in this world of reaching others with His message and offer of salvation.  So, as we read God's Word, as we study the Bible, as we listen to others teach us from it, God is making us complete by equipping for every good work.

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