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Numbers 16; Psalm 52-54; Isaiah 6; Hebrews 13

David praises God by saying,

“But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever. I will thank you forever, because you have done it. I will wait for your name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly” (Psalm 52: 8-9, ESV).

David recognizes the importance of praise. Much of Psalm 52 is dedicated to praising God for what He has done and how He defends the righteous. David extends his praise through Psalm 54, saying,

“With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good. For he has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies” (Psalm 54: 6-7, ESV).

Isaiah provides another example of praise of God. Isaiah witnesses the glory of God in a dream. He describes God sitting on a throne with seraphim above Him, calling to each other

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isaiah 6: 3, ESV).

Praise is an oft neglected part of my prayers. It is good to thank God for everything that He has given me, yet I don’t do it nearly enough. David recognizes the importance of praise. God deserves continual praise for everything that He has done. Continual praise of God also helps me to keep my eyes on what’s important and helps me to not get distracted by all the little things in life that can pull me away from the glory of God.

Dear God, thank You for all that You have given me. Thank You for the family and friends whom You have brought into my life. Thank You for all the opportunities that You have given me. Most of all, thank You for sending your son, Jesus, down to earth to die for my sins on the cross. You are mighty God, and I know that I can rely on You and trust You to hear my prayers. You are my helper and the upholder of my life. Please help me to be grateful for everything that You have done for me. In Jesus’s holy name I pray. Amen.

Asher (Asher B)

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Numbers 8; Psalms 44; Song of Solomon 6; Hebrews 6

Chapter six of Hebrews talks about gaining a greater maturity of faith and also about having trust in God’s promises. The author writes,

“so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 6:18-20, ESV).

The author wants the Hebrews to know that they can put their faith in God. Furthermore, it is good for me to remind myself of God’s promises, and the fact that He will keep them. God swore His promise to Abraham on His own name, the most powerful name that anyone can swear by. He did it so that future generations after Abraham could know that he truly meant what he said. God has made many promises, and he keeps all of them. The writer of Psalm 44 knew this when he expressed his sorrow to God over Israel’s oppression. He says,

“For not in my bow do I trust, nor can my sword save me. But you have saved us from our foes and have put to shame those who hate us” (Psalm 44: 6-7). Later he laments “You have made us a byword among the nations, a laughingstock among the peoples” (Psalm 44: 14, ESV).

However, he does not let the current state of Israel affect his faith in God. He cries out to Him and says,

“Rise up; come to our help! Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love” (Psalm 44: 26, ESV).

This psalm is a good reflection of what faith in God looks like. Just as it is good for me to remind myself of God’s promises, it is also good for me to remember his steadfast love and faithfulness. Keeping these truths in my mind will help me to gain a greater maturity of faith, and a meaningful knowledge of God’s power. 

 

Dear God, thank you for all the ways that You have blessed me in my life. Please help me to remain strong in faith and to remind myself of Your promises. Thank You that I can trust in You, just like the author of Psalms 44 who says “you have saved us from our foes.” In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen

 

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Leviticus 6; Psalm 5,6; Proverbs 21; Colossians 4

In Colossians 4 Paul gives instruction on prayer. He says

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2 ESV).

One of the necessary factors in continuing to pray is faith. Faith that God hears me and wants to listen. King David expresses this faith in Psalms 6 when he says

“O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch” (Psalms 5:3 ESV).

David believes that God listens to him when he prays. He also directly asks God to listen when he says

“Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray” (Psalms 5:2 ESV).

I, likewise, need to believe that God is listening to my prayers. It’s helpful for me to remember the times that he has answered, and to remind myself that he often answers in unexpected ways. Just because I don’t have an answer yet, or haven’t recognized one, doesn’t mean he’s not listening, and even if I don’t get an answer that I want, I know that it is all part of his plan. David says

“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice” (Psalms 5:11 ESV).

I have good reason to rejoice, I can take refuge in God through his son Jesus, and because of Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross I know with certainty that God is always listening.

Dear God, thank you for all that you have given me, please help me to remember that you are listening when I cry out to you. Thank you that I can take refuge in you. In Jesus’s holy name I pray. Amen

Asher (AsherB)

 

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Exodus 17; Luke 20; Job 35; 2 Corinthians 5

When Paul wrote his second letter to the Corinthians, he said

“So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Corinthians 5: 9-10 ESV).

The very purpose of my behavior should be to please Christ. Although I am not yet in heaven, I should remember that I was created to glorify God and draw attention to him, not to myself. In the end, I will appear before God just like everyone else. This prospect is humbling to me; I can put on all the appearances and airs I please, but when I face God, he will reveal my true character. Paul says to the Corinthians,

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5: 20-21 ESV).

I want my true character to revolve around my status as an ambassador for Christ. He died for my sins so that I can become righteous before God, something which would have been impossible without His sacrifice. Through all of this, I need to maintain a humble attitude. Jesus told his disciples

“Beware of the scribes who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feast, who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation” (Luke 20: 46-47 ESV).

Jesus’s words are not just a rebuke of the scribes, they are also a warning to all his followers to remain sincere towards God, not putting praise of Him on display for the sake of higher repute with man. I need to let my servitude to God be evident in my actions and attitude, rather than just my words.

Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus Christ to die for my sins. Thank you for everything you have given me and the family that you have surrounded me with. Please help me to live my life as an ambassador for you and to remain humble while doing so. Please change me so that my true character is a reflection of your goodness and righteousness. In Jesus’s holy name I pray, Amen.

Asher (AsherB)

 

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Genesis 47; Luke 1:1-38; Job 13; 1 Corinthians 1

One of the first things which Paul addresses in his letters to the Corinthians is the need for humility, he said,

“God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to mothering things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1st Corinthians 1: 28-29, ESV).

Paul is instructing the Corinthians to remain humble, because they were chosen from groups that were considered shameful to people who considered themselves strong and wise. I need to remember to remain humble, because without God I would still be stuck within the depths of my sin. Paul continues by saying

“So that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord” (1st Corinthians 1: 31, ESV).

I need to remember that nothing on earth is worthy of boasting about compared to God’s mercy towards me. It is good for me to stay humble at all times and remember what God has done for me. Paul also emphasizes the importance of following God rather than man, he says

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart’” (1st Corinthians 1: 18-19, ESV).

It is good for me to practice humility in the face of what God has done for me, because worldly pride is put to shame by God and his glory. Paul says,

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1st Corinthians 1: 25, ESV).

Dear God, thank you for all that you have done for me. Please help me to have a grateful heart, and please help me to keep my mind and heart on you, and not on the world. In Jesus’s holy name I pray, Amen.

Asher (AsherB)

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