Psalm 79 (Psalm Sunday, Week 27)

Psalm Sunday
Week 27

Psalm 79
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

“1) O God, the heathen have come into Thine inheritance; Thy holy temple have they defiled, they have laid Jerusalem in heaps.
2) The dead bodies of Thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heavens, the flesh of Thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.
3) Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem, and there was none to bury them.
4) We have become a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.
5) How long, Lord? Wilt Thou be angry for ever? Shall Thy jealousy burn like fire?
6) Pour out Thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known Thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon Thy name;
7) for they have devoured Jacob and laid waste his dwelling place.
8) O remember not former iniquities against us; let Thy tender mercies go speedily before us, for we are brought very low.
9) Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Thy name; and deliver us and purge away our sins, for Thy name’s sake.
10) Why should the heathen say, “Where is their God?” Let Him be known among the heathen in our sight by the avenging of the blood of Thy servants which is shed.
11) Let the sighing of the prisoner come before Thee; according to the greatness of Thy power, preserve Thou those that are appointed to die.
12) And render unto the bosom of our neighbors sevenfold their reproach wherewith they have reproached Thee, O Lord.
13) So we Thy people and the sheep of Thy pasture, will give Thee thanks for ever; we will show forth Thy praise to all generations.”

If this working, yet not working …

“If this working, yet not working, doing God’s work, yet not doing it, should seem to be confusing, remember there is a parallel for it in the well-known testimony of Paul in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” From all this I think we may draw the following conclusion: We can no more do the work of God than we can live the life of God. In the believing and surrendered soul, Christ lives His life again and continues to live it, and in the obedient, believing man, God will continue to work, reaching out and through the human instrument to accomplish His wonders among men.
It is critically important that we grasp this truth. Much religious work is being done these days that is not owned by our Lord and will not be accepted or rewarded in that great day. Superior human gifts are being mistaken for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and neither they who exercise these gifts nor the Christian public before whom they are exercised are aware of the deception. Never has there been more activity in religious circles and, I confidently believe, never has there been so little of God and so much of the flesh. Such work is a snare because it keeps us busy and at the same time prevents us from discovering that it is our work and not God’s.”
A. W. Tozer Sermon: Fellow Workers with God

for those who see the merciful hand of God in every breath…

“for those who see the merciful hand of God in every breath they take and give credit where it is due, Jesus Christ will be seen and savored as the great Purchaser of every undeserved breath. Every heartbeat will be received as a gift from His hand.”

-from “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper.

newness is no virtue and oldness is no vice….

“…newness is no virtue and oldness is no vice. Truth and beauty and goodness are not determined by when they exist. Nothing is inferior for being old, and nothing is valuable for being modern. This has freed me from the tyranny of novelty and opened for me the wisdom of the ages.”
– from “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper.

Psalm 78 (Psalm Sunday, Week 26)

Psalm Sunday
Week 26

Psalm 78
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

“1) Give ear, O my people, to my law; incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2) I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,
3) which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
4) We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord and His strength, and His wonderful works that He hath done.
5) For He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded to our fathers, that they should make them known to their children;
6) that the generation to come might know them, even the children who should be born, who should arise and declare them to their children,
7) that they might set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments;
8) and so might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God.
9) The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.
10) They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in His law;
11) they forgot His works and His wonders that He had shown them.
12) Marvelous things did He in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13) He divided the sea and caused them to pass through; and He made the waters to stand as a heap.
14) In the daytime also He led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.
15) He cleaved the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths.
16) He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.
17) And they sinned yet more against Him by provoking the Most High in the wilderness.
18) And they tempted God in their heart by asking for meat for their lust.
19) Yea, they spoke against God: they said, “Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
20) Behold, He smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed. Can He give bread also? Can He provide flesh for His people?”
21) Therefore the Lord heard this and was wroth; so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also rose up against Israel,
22) because they believed not in God and trusted not in His salvation,
23) though He had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,
24) and had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.
25) Man ate angels’ food; He sent them meat to the full.
26) He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven, and by His power He brought in the south wind.
27) He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls as the sand of the sea.
28) And He let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations.
29) So they ate and were well filled, for He gave them their own desire.
30) But they were not estranged from their lust; but while their meat was yet in their mouths,
31) the wrath of God came upon them and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.
32) For all this, they sinned still and believed not in His wondrous works.
33) Therefore their days did He consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.
34) When He slew them, then they sought Him; and they returned and inquired early after God.
35) And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God, their redeemer.
36) Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouth, and they lied unto Him with their tongues.
37) For their heart was not right with Him, neither were they steadfast in His covenant.
38) But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity and destroyed them not. Yea, many a time turned He His anger away, and did not stir up all His wrath;
39) for He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passeth away and cometh not again.
40) How oft did they provoke Him in the wilderness, and grieve Him in the desert!
41) Yea, they turned back and tested God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
42) They remembered not His hand, nor the day when He delivered them from the enemy,
43) how He had wrought His signs in Egypt and His wonders in the field of Zoan,
44) and had turned their rivers into blood, and their streams, that they could not drink.
45) He sent divers sorts of flies among them which devoured them, and frogs which destroyed them.
46) He gave also their harvest unto the caterpillar, and their labor unto the locust.
47) He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycamore trees with frost.
48) He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts.
49) He cast upon them the fierceness of His anger, wrath, indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.
50) He made a path to His anger; He spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence,
51) and smote all the firstborn in Egypt, the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham.
52) But He made His own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53) And He led them on safely, so that they feared not; but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54) And He brought them to the border of His sanctuary, even to this mountain, which His right hand had purchased.
55) He cast out the heathen also before them, and apportioned them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
56) Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God and kept not His testimonies,
57) but turned back and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers; they were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
58) For they provoked Him to anger with their high places, and loved Him to jealousy with their graven images.
59) When God heard this, He was wroth and greatly abhorred Israel,
60) so that He forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which He had placed among men,
61) and delivered His strength into captivity, and His glory into the enemy’s hand.
62) He gave His people over also unto the sword, and was wroth with His inheritance.
63) The fire consumed their young men, and their maidens were not given to marriage.
64) Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation.
65) Then the Lord awakened as one out of sleep, like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.
66) And He smote His enemies in the hinder parts, and laid upon them a perpetual reproach.
67) Moreover He refused the tabernacle of Joseph and chose not the tribe of Ephraim,
68) but chose the tribe of Judah, the Mount Zion which He loved.
69) And He built His sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which He hath established for ever.
70) He also chose David His servant, and took him from the sheepfolds;
71) from following the ewes great with young He brought him to feed Jacob His people, and Israel His inheritance.
72) So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.”

it is only by the grace and power of God…

“…it is only by the grace and power of God that sinners are able to accept the [gospel] invitation and along with it the salvation held out to them by God… in Matt. 9:13 the glorious purpose of Christ’s incarnation and mission receives beautiful expression. The passage makes clear that not to those who consider themselves worthy but rather to those who are in desperate need the invitation to salvation, full and free, is extended. It was sinners, the lost, the straying, the beggars, the burdened ones, the hungry and thirsty, whom Jesus came to save. This is in line with all of special revelation, both the Old Testament and the New. It is a message full of comfort and “relevant” to every age!”
William Hendriksen