Devoted to Scripture

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An episode of Devoted to Scripture

By Devoted to Scripture
This will be a daily posting of my trip through the Bible. I will be reading the NET aloud. Each day I will introduce the passage with a brief commentary. But mostly I will simply be reading the Word of God for you.

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#198 Proverbs 27-29
Day 198 of the podcast, reading Proverbs 27-29 NET, read along at: This is day 198 of our journey. Today we read three more chapters.  In these chapters we are challenged to speak and live the truth.  Speak what is in your heart.  Be confident and not timid.  Don't hide from discipline, and don't shy away from allowing God to use you to dicipline others.  Wisdom comes from doing discipline God's way. Join me in Proverbs 27-29 and open your heart to the discipline of God to gain His wisdom! Key verses: Proverbs 27:2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.   Proverbs 28:13 The one who covers his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses them and forsakes them will find mercy.   Proverbs 29:15 A rod and reproof impart wisdom, but a child who is unrestrained brings shame to his mother.   All Scriptures are from the NET.
July 16, 2019
#197 Proverbs 24-26
Day 197 of the podcast, reading Proverbs 24-26 NET, read along at: This is day 197 of our journey. Today we read another three chapters.  These proverbs call us to consider our speech.  How do we speak to and about a person?  How do we receive correction spoken to us? As you listen to the words of these proverbs today, reflect on your words.  How do you talk about others?  Do you speak truly, or do you pander to your audience?  Do you encourage and lift up, or are your words dripping with sarcasm and hurtful teasing?  Do you accept reproof from others, or do you insist that you are never wrong? Join me in Proverbs 24-26 and consider the wisdom of your words. Key verses: Proverbs 24:3 By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;   Proverbs 25:12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover to the ear of the one who listens.   Proverbs 26:18-19 Like a madman who shoots firebrands and deadly arrows,  19 so is a person who has deceived his neighbor, and said, “Was I not only joking?”   All Scriptures are from the NET.
July 15, 2019
#196 Proverbs 22-23
Day 196 of the podcast, reading Proverbs 22-23 NET, read along at: This is day 196 of our journey. Today's proverbs are the wise words of a father addressing his son. The father gives insight into the types of people to interact with and the proper things to focus upon.  The wealth and delicacies of the rich are tempting, but striving for them only leads to ruin. Lazily making excuses to not work will equally lead to ruin.  Carry yourself with wisdom, prudence, and balance. Join me in Proverbs 22-23 and heed the wise advice of the Lord. Key verses: Proverbs 22:9 A generous person will be blessed, for he has given some of his food to the poor.   Proverbs 23:4 Do not wear yourself out to become rich; be wise enough to restrain yourself. All Scriptures are from the NET.
July 14, 2019
#195 Proverbs 19-21
Day 195 of the podcast, reading Proverbs 19-21 NET, read along at: This is day 195 of our journey. Today we read 90 proverbs.  The way we interact with others is guided by our wise or foolish nature.  A wise man is a peacemaker while a fool quarrels ceaselessly.  A fool fails and is subverted by his ways, but grumbles and complains against God, rather than taking responsibility for his actions.  Which of these proverbs hits the deepest?  Which reproof do you need to respond to in order to be wise? Join me in Proverbs 19-21, listen and gain wisdom! Key verses: Proverbs 19:20 Listen to advice and receive discipline, that you may become wise by the end of your life. Proverbs 20:29 The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is gray hair.   Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead only to plenty, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.   All Scriptures are from the NET.
July 13, 2019
#194 Proverbs 16-18
Day 194 of the podcast, reading Proverbs 16-18 NET, read along at: This is day 194 of our journey. Today we read 85 proverbs.  We start with proverbs professing the greatness of God's plans and direction in contrast to man's shortsighted foolishness.  We can plot all we want, but God is Sovereign! We also see characteristics of the wise and of the foolish that can be used as a gauge to assess where we stand.  Do we accept reproof from others and allow it to direct our character, or do we require more intense punishment and still not change?  Do we seek understanding, or do we simply want to say what is on our mind? Join me in Proverbs 16-18 and seek to correct those areas where we are living as fools! Key verses: Proverbs 16:3 Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established.   Proverbs 17:10 A rebuke makes a greater impression on a discerning person than a hundred blows on a fool.   Proverbs 18:17 The first to state his case seems right, until his opponent begins to cross-examine him. All Scriptures are from the NET.
July 12, 2019
#193 Proverbs 13-15
Day 193 of the podcast, reading Proverbs 13-15 NET, read along at: This is day 193 of our journey. Today we read 3 chapters with 93 varied proverbs.  These proverbs continue to contrast wisdom and folly.  They cover topics including: the importance of a parent's discipline and instruction; the importance of investing in the correct things; the need to look deeper than appearances; and the value of being righteous over wicked.  In general, these proverbs cover every facet of life. Join me in Proverbs 13-15 and listen for the wise advice to counsel you today. Key verses: Proverbs 13:24 The one who spares his rod hates his child, but the one who loves his child is diligent in disciplining him. Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death.   Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the Lord provides wise instruction, and before honor comes humility.   All Scriptures are from the NET.
July 11, 2019
#192 Proverbs 10-12
Day 192 of the podcast, reading Proverbs 10-12 NET, read along at: This is day 192 of our journey. Proverbs 10 begins the heart of the book of Proverbs.  In this section are over 400 proverbs of Solomon.  These proverbs contrast the wise and the foolish, the right and the wrong.  They are usually written in the form of two opposite actions with their opposite results. While there are occasional groupings of similarly themed proverbs, there is no real arrangement to the material as a whole.  One thing to remember about these proverbs as a modern reader:  They are sound life principles instead of foolproof rules and, as such, exceptions can apply. Join me in Proverbs 10-12 and hear the wisdom of Solomon! Key verses: Proverbs 10:9 The one who conducts himself in integrity will live securely, but the one who behaves perversely will be found out.   Proverbs 11:14 When there is no guidance a nation falls, but there is success in the abundance of counselors.   Proverbs 12:16 A fool’s annoyance is known at once, but the prudent conceals dishonor. All Scriptures are from the NET.
July 10, 2019
#191 Proverbs 7-9
Day 191 of the podcast, reading Proverbs 7-9 NET, read along at: This is day 191 of our journey. Today we conclude the introductory speeches.  First, the father lays out the stages and consequences of seduction and adultery, warning his son to stay far away from the seductress.  The second speech is wisdom calling for the young man to seek her out.  She is noble, just, and true; she is valuable and she delights in creation.  The third speech is a contrast between wisdom and folly.  Wisdom offers life, with no mention of the pleasure that comes with it.  Folly offers pleasure, with no mention of the death that follows.  Choose life! Join me in Proverbs 7-9 and heed the call of wisdom. Key verses: Proverbs 7:4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call understanding a close relative,   Proverbs 8:35 For the one who finds me has found life and received favor from the Lord.   Proverbs 9:13 The woman called Folly is brash, she is naive and does not know anything.   All Scriptures are from the NET.
July 9, 2019
#190 Proverbs 4-6
Day 190 of the podcast, reading Proverbs 4-6 NET, read along at: This is day 190 of our journey. Today we continue with 3 more speeches from a father to his son.  The father continues to encourage his son to seek wisdom above all else.  A life worth living is guided by God's wisdom and discipline while only destruction is born from self-serving folly.  The father specifically warns his son against the enticements of the adulterous woman and of sexual immorality.  The wicked are captured by their own sins while those who follow the commandments will walk in a way that is secure.  Those who accept discipline are walking the path to life. Join me in Proverbs 4-6 and gain wisdom! Key verses: Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is supreme – so acquire wisdom, and whatever you acquire, acquire understanding!   Proverbs 5:22 The wicked will be captured by his own iniquities, and he will be held by the cords of his own sin.   Proverbs 6:23 For the commandments are like a lamp, instruction is like a light, and rebukes of discipline are like the road leading to life,   All Scriptures are from the NET.
July 8, 2019
#189 Proverbs 1-3
Day 189 of the podcast, reading Proverbs 1-3 NET, read along at: This is day 189 of our journey. Today we begin the book of Proverbs. I recommend that you watch the summary video of Proverbs put out by "The Bible Project" to help guide our listening.  The link is in the description. Proverbs begins with an introduction connecting us to King Solomon.  The first 9 chapters are made up of speeches from a father to a son.  The father tells the son to listen to wisdom and cultivate the fear of the Lord. Wisdom is not simply the acquisition of knowledge but, more precisely, it is practical skill or applied knowledge.  The purpose of this book is to help us, as God's children, to develop a set of practical skills for living well in our Heavenly Father's world. The "fear of the Lord" is not about terror.  Rather, it refers to a sense of reverence and awe before God. Proper fear, in this sense, is an understanding that our personal lifespan is simply a single thread in the magnificent tapestry that God is weaving.  The fear of the Lord is a posture of humility before God, embracing his definition of good and evil even when it's difficult or inconvenient. Join me in Proverbs 1-3 and seek wisdom in the fear of the Lord! Key verses: Proverbs 1:7 Fearing the Lord is the beginning of discernment, but fools have despised wisdom and moral instruction. Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.   Proverbs 3:12 For the Lord disciplines those he loves, just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights.   All Scriptures are from the NET. Check out these links for more thoughts on the topic:
July 7, 2019
#188 Psalms 145-150
Day 188 of the podcast, reading Psalms 145-150 NET, read along at: This is day 188 of our journey. Today we conclude the book of Psalms. Psalm 145 closes book 5 with praise to God because he is a just and merciful king who cares for his people. Psalms 146-150 form a conclusion to the book of Psalms.  In the center, Psalm 148 says that all creation is summoned to praise the God of Israel, because he has "raised up a horn for his people." This is a metaphor of a bull's horn raised in victory.  The horn is a symbol of the messianic king and his victory over evil - a fitting conclusion to this book. As we've read through the Psalms, we've seen psalms of lament and psalms of praise.  Both are valid responses to the world around us as we, through prayer, carry our joys and burdens to the God who created all.  However, as we spend more time in worship and prayer to God, I have found that confidence in God's faithfulness in our lives will grow increasingly apparent and the laments of life may begin to become more of a backdrop to our attitude of praise to the Most High God!  He is just and mighty! Join me in Psalms 145-150 to praise the God of all creation and the Savior of the world! Key verses: Psalms 145:18 The Lord is near all who cry out to him, all who cry out to him sincerely.   Psalms 146:5 How blessed is the one whose helper is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God,   Psalms 147:5 Our Lord is great and has awesome power; there is no limit to his wisdom.   Psalms 148:13 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty extends over the earth and sky.   Psalms 149:2 Let Israel rejoice in their Creator! Let the people of Zion delight in their King! Psalms 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!   All Scriptures are from the NET.
July 6, 2019
#187 Psalms 138-144
Day 187 of the podcast, reading Psalms 138-144 NET, read along at: This is day 187 of our journey. Today we read 7 psalms of David.  In these psalms, David cries out to God in thanks for the many ways that he has been delivered.  He recognizes that God knows all things and that nothing escapes his gaze.  As such, David places his confidence in God's justice while he is being attacked by deadly enemies.  He prays for protection from sin and from the schemes of sinful men.  He laments his persecuted state, but relies upon the Lord to deliver him.  Instead of turning to despair, He expresses his confidence in God and anticipates God's rich blessings on the nation. Join me in Psalms 138-144 to praise God for his many acts of deliverance! Key verses: Psalms 138:8 The Lord avenges me. O Lord, your loyal love endures. Do not abandon those whom you have made!   Psalms 139:17 How difficult it is for me to fathom your thoughts about me, O God! How vast is their sum total! Psalms 140:12 I know that the Lord defends the cause of the oppressed and vindicates the poor.   Psalms 141:3 O Lord, place a guard on my mouth! Protect the opening of my lips!   Psalms 142:6 Listen to my cry for help, for I am in serious trouble! Rescue me from those who chase me, for they are stronger than I am. Psalms 143:10 Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God. May your kind presence lead me into a level land.   Psalms 144:15 How blessed are the people who experience these things! How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!   All Scriptures are from the NET.
July 5, 2019
#186 Psalms 132-137
Day 186 of the podcast, reading Psalms 132-137 NET, read along at: This is day 186 of our journey. Today we read 6 psalms of praise. Psalms 132-134 are more songs of ascent.  In 132, the psalmist remembers David's devotion and appeals to the Lord to remember His promises concerning David's dynasty and Zion.  Psalm 133 compares family unity to the consecrated oil used to anoint the priestly line.  Psalm 134 calls on the temple's servants to praise God. In Psalm 135, the psalmist urges Israel to praise the incomparable God and ruler of the world because of the great things He has accomplished for Israel. Psalm 136 is a hymn affirming that God is praiseworthy because of his enduring loyal love, sovereign authority, and compassion. Psalm 137 is a lament by the Babylonian exiles, a vow to remain loyal to Jerusalem, and an appeal for God to avenge the injustices they have suffered at the hands of their enemies. Join me in Psalms 132-137 and remember all the good things God has done for you! Key verses: Psalms 132:13 Certainly the Lord has chosen Zion; he decided to make it his home.   Psalms 133:1 A song of ascents, by David. Look! How good and how pleasant it is when brothers truly live in unity!   Psalms 134:2 Lift your hands toward the sanctuary and praise the Lord!   Psalms 135:5 Yes, I know the Lord is great, and our Lord is superior to all gods.   Psalms 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his loyal love endures!   Psalms 137:4 How can we sing a song to the Lord in a foreign land?   All Scriptures are from the NET.
July 4, 2019
#185 Psalms 120-131
Day 185 of the podcast, reading Psalms 120-131 NET, read along at: This is day 185 of our journey. Today we read 12 Psalms of ascent.  These psalms were written to be sung by the people of Israel as they were ascending the hills into Jerusalem. They glory in the majesty of the city, but recognize that their help comes from the Lord and not from man-made walls or human strength.  These psalms speak to the deliverance of the Lord in times of trouble and hardship.  They recognize that only God can make a plan succeed.  They praise God for his forgiveness of sins. Join me in Psalms 120-131 and place your hope in the Lord! Key verses: Psalms 120:1 A song of ascents.  In my distress I cried out to the Lord and he answered me. Psalms 121:5 The Lord is your protector; the Lord is the shade at your right hand.   Psalms 122:1 A song of ascents, by David. I was glad because they said to me,“We will go to the Lord’s temple.”   Psalms 123:3 Show us favor, O Lord, show us favor!For we have had our fill of humiliation, and then some.   Psalms 124:8 Our deliverer is the Lord, the Creator of heaven and earth.   Psalms 125:1 A song of ascents.  Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved and will endure forever.   Psalms 126:5 Those who shed tears as they plant will shout for joy when they reap the harvest. Psalms 127:1 A song of ascents, by Solomon. If the Lord does not build a house, then those who build it work in vain.If the Lord does not guard a city, then the watchman stands guard in vain.   Psalms 128:1 A song of ascents.  How blessed is every one of the Lord’s loyal followers, each one who keeps his commands!   Psalms 129:2  “Since my youth they have often attacked me, but they have not defeated me. Psalms 130:3 If you, O Lord, were to keep track of sins, O Lord, who could stand before you? Psalms 131:3 O Israel, hope in the Lord now and forevermore!   All Scriptures are from the NET.
July 3, 2019
#184 Psalms 119
Day 184 of the podcast, reading Psalms 119 NET, read along at: This is day 184 of our journey. Today we read the epic masterpiece of Psalm 119.  This psalm is a celebration of God's law.  It is written in the form of a long acrostic poem (in the original Hebrew).  All 8 verses in each section begin with the same Hebrew letter, starting with Alef and ending with Tav  (A to Z). The psalmist expresses his desire to know God's law thoroughly so that he might experience the blessings that come to those who obey it.  He values the word of God more than gold.  He recognizes that the law of the Lord has brought him comfort and saved him from destruction.  He upholds it above all else! Join me in Psalm 119 to be immersed in the greatness and beauty of the Word of God! Key verses: Psalms 119:7 I will give you sincere thanks, when I learn your just regulations.   Psalms 119:18 Open my eyes so I can truly see the marvelous things in your law!   Psalms 119:27 Help me to understand what your precepts mean! Then I can meditate on your marvelous teachings.   Psalms 119:68 You are good and you do good. Teach me your statutes!   Psalms 119:92 If I had not found encouragement in your law, I would have died in my sorrow.   Psalms 119:105 נ (Nun ) Your word is a lamp to walk by, and a light to illumine my path.   Psalms 119:140 Your word is absolutely pure, and your servant loves it! All Scriptures are from the NET.
July 2, 2019
#183 Psalms 114-118
Day 183 of the podcast, reading Psalms 114-118 NET, read along at: This is day 183 of our journey. Today we read another 6 psalms of praise to the Lord. Psalm 114 recalls the events of the exodus and conquest while celebrating God's kingship over his covenant people. In Psalm 115, the psalmist affirms that Israel's God is superior to pagan idols and urges Israel to place their confidence in him alone. The psalmist of Psalm 116 thanks the Lord for delivering him from a life threatening crisis and promises to tell the entire covenant community what God has done for him. Psalm 117 is a SHORT call to praise the Lord for His love and faithfulness. In Psalm 118, the psalmist takes confidence in God's protection, thanks God for his deliverance, and urges others to join him in praise. Join me in Psalms 114-118 and be confident in the Lord's protection! Key verses: Psalms 114:1 When Israel left Egypt, when the family of Jacob left a foreign nation behind,   Psalms 115:1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us!But to your name bring honor, for the sake of your loyal love and faithfulness.   Psalms 116:13 I will celebrate my deliverance, and call on the name of the Lord.   Psalms 117:2 For his loyal love towers over us, and the Lord’s faithfulness endures.Praise the Lord!   Psalms 118:6 The Lord is on my side, I am not afraid!What can people do to me? All Scriptures are from the NET.
July 1, 2019
#182 Psalms 108-113
Day 182 of the podcast, reading Psalms 108-113 NET, read along at: This is day 182 of our journey. Today we read 6 psalms of praise. David wrote Psalm 108 as a compilation of psalms 57 & 60.  Psalm 109 is David's appeal to God's justice as the king asks God to vindicate him and to bring severe judgment down upon his enemies.  Psalm 110 is a royal psalm that announces God's oracle to the Davidic king. Psalm 111 is an acrostic poem that praises God for his marvelous deeds with a special emphasis on the way in which he provides for and delivers his people.  Psalm 112 is another acrostic poem.  It is a wisdom psalm, listing some of the benefits of living a godly life. In Psalm 113, the psalmist praises God as the sovereign king of the world who reaches down to help the needy. Join me in Psalms 108-113 and marvel at the wonderful deeds of the Lord! Key verses: Psalms 108:13 By God’s power we will conquer; he will trample down our enemies.   Psalms 109:17 He loved to curse others, so those curses have come upon him. He had no desire to bless anyone, so he has experienced no blessings.   Psalms 110:1 A psalm of David. Here is the Lord’s proclamation to my lord: “Sit down at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool!”   Psalms 111:2 The Lord’s deeds are great, eagerly awaited by all who desire them. Psalms 112:9 He generously gives to the needy; his integrity endures. He will be vindicated and honored.   Psalms 113:4 The Lord is exalted over all the nations; his splendor reaches beyond the sky.   All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 30, 2019
#181 Psalms 106-107
Day 181 of the podcast, reading Psalms 106-107 NET, read along at: This is day 181 of our journey. Today we read the last psalm of Book 4 and the first psalm of Book 5. Book 4 ends with Psalm 106. The psalmist recalls Israel's long history of rebellion against God despite his faithfulness and the mighty ways that he had protected and delivered them throughout the ages.  The psalm ends with a new prayer for deliverance, resting confidently on the faithfulness of the Lord. The psalmist of Psalm 107 praises God for his kindness to his exiled people.  He recounts the many ways that the Lord has delivered and protected his people despite their shortcomings. Join me in Psalms 106-107 to remember the ways that the Lord protects and defends his people. Key verses: Psalms 106:7 Our ancestors in Egypt failed to appreciate your miraculous deeds, they failed to remember your many acts of loyal love, and they rebelled at the sea, by the Red Sea.   Psalms 107:43 Whoever is wise, let him take note of these things!Let them consider the Lord’s acts of loyal love!   All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 29, 2019
#180 Psalms 103-105
Day 180 of the podcast, reading Psalms 103-105 NET, read along at: This is day 180 of our journey. Today we read 3 psalms extolling the greatness of God. Psalm 103 praises God for his mercy and willingness to forgive his people. Psalm 104 praises God as the ruler of the world who sustains all life. Psalm 105 praises God for his deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt and the fulfillment of his covenantal promises to Abraham. Join me in Psalms 103-105 and praise God for his many blessings! Key verses: Psalms 103:2 Praise the Lord, O my soul!Do not forget all his kind deeds!   Psalms 104:24 How many living things you have made, O Lord! You have exhibited great skill in making all of them; the earth is full of the living things you have made.   Psalms 105:5 Recall the miraculous deeds he performed, his mighty acts and the judgments he decreed,   All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 28, 2019
#179 Psalms 96-102
Day 179 of the podcast, reading Psalms 96-102 NET, read along at: This is day 179 of our journey. Today we read 7 short psalms that summon the world to praise our just creator God. Psalm 96 summons everyone to praise the Lord, the sovereign creator of the world who preserves and promotes justice in the earth. In Psalm 97, the psalmist depicts the Lord as the sovereign, just king of the world who comes in power and vindicates his people. Psalm 98 summons the whole earth to praise God for the way that he has revealed his justice and delivered Israel. In Psalm 99, the psalmist celebrates the Lord's just rule and recalls how he revealed himself to Israel's leaders. Psalm 100 celebrates the fact that Israel has a special relationship with God and summons His worshipers to praise the Lord for his faithfulness. In Psalm 101, David promises to promote justice in his land and vows to rid his royal court of evildoers. In Psalm 102, the psalmist laments his oppressed state, but longs for a day when the Lord will restore Jerusalem and vindicate his suffering people. Join me in Psalms 96-102 and praise the King! Key verses: Psalms 96:7 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the nations, ascribe to the Lord splendor and strength!   Psalms 97:9 For you, O Lord, are the Most High over the whole earth; you are elevated high above all gods.   Psalms 98:1 A psalm. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he performs amazing deeds!His right hand and his mighty arm accomplish deliverance.   Psalms 99:9 Praise the Lord our God!Worship on his holy hill, for the Lord our God is holy!   Psalms 100:2 Worship the Lord with joy!Enter his presence with joyful singing!   Psalms 101:4 I will have nothing to do with a perverse person; I will not permit evil.   Psalms 102:12 But you, O Lord, rule forever, and your reputation endures.   All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 27, 2019
#178 Psalms 90-95
Day 178 of the podcast, reading Psalms 90-95 NET, read along at: This is day 178 of our journey. Today we begin Book 4 of Psalms by reading 6 Psalms about the might and splendor of God. Psalm 90 is a communal lament that ultimately reaffirms that the eternal God and creator of the world has always been Israel's protector. The Worship leader understands that God also causes men, who are transient as grass, to die and that his fierce and holy anger rests upon the wicked and disobedient.  The community asks for wisdom, the restoration of God's favor, and his blessing upon their labors. Psalm 91 addresses an individual who has sought shelter in the Lord and assures him that God will protect him from danger. In the end, God himself promises to keep his loyal follower safe. The psalmist of Psalm 92 praises God because he defeats the wicked and vindicates his loyal followers. In Psalm 93, the psalmist affirms that the Lord is the king of the universe and that He alone preserves order and suppresses the destructive forces in the world. Psalm 94 asks God to judge the wicked while affirming confidence in God's justice. In Psalm 95, Israel is summoned to praise God as the creator of the world and the nation's protector. As part of this call to worship, Israel is also reminded not to rebel against God as they had in ages past. Join me in Psalms 90-95 and take refuge in the protective arms of the Savior! Key verses: Psalms 90:17 May our sovereign God extend his favor to us! Make our endeavors successful!Yes, make them successful!   Psalms 91:14 The Lord says, “Because he is devoted to me, I will deliver him;I will protect him because he is loyal to me.   Psalms 92:12 The godly grow like a palm tree; they grow high like a cedar in Lebanon.   Psalms 93:4 Above the sound of the surging water, and the mighty waves of the sea, the Lord sits enthroned in majesty.   Psalms 94:1 O Lord, the God who avenges!O God who avenges, reveal your splendor!   Psalms 95:1 Come! Let’s sing for joy to the Lord! Let’s shout out praises to our protector who delivers us! All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 26, 2019
#177 Psalms 86-89
Day 177 of the podcast, reading Psalms 86-89 NET, read along at: This is day 177 of our journey. Today we read 4 psalms of trust and hope in God. Psalm 86 is a psalm of David.  He appeals to God's mercy as he asks for deliverance from his enemies. Psalm 87, written by the Korahites, celebrates the Lord's presence in Zion as well as the special status of its citizens. In Psalm 88, the psalmist cries out in pain to the Lord, begging him for relief from his intense and constant suffering. He regards God's judgement as the ultimate cause of his distress, but nevertheless clings to God as his only source of hope. In Psalm 89, the psalmist praises God as the sovereign creator of the world. He recalls God's covenant with David, but then laments that the promises of that covenant have yet to be realized. The covenant promised military victories to the Davidic line, but the king has now been subjected to humiliating defeat. Join me in Psalms 86-89 and trust in God when all seems lost. Key verses: Psalms 86:2 Protect me, for I am loyal!You are my God; deliver your servant who trusts in you! Psalms 87:5 But it is said of Zion’s residents, “Each one of these was born in her, and the Most High makes her secure.”   Psalms 88:13 As for me, I cry out to you, O Lord; in the morning my prayer confronts you. Psalms 89:35 Once and for all I have vowed by my own holiness,I will never deceive David.   All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 25, 2019
#176 Psalms 80-85
Day 176 of the podcast, reading Psalms 80-85 NET, read along at: This is day 176 of our journey. Today we read 6 psalms of Asaph and Korah. In Psalm 80, Asaph laments Israel's demise and asks the Lord to show favor toward his people, as he did in earlier times. Asaph uses Psalm 81 to call God's people to assemble for a festival and then he proclaims God's message to them.  The divinely inspired speech recalls how God delivered the people from Egypt, reminds Israel of their rebellious past, expresses God's desire for his people to obey him, and promises divine protection in exchange for their obedience. In Psalm 82, Asaph pictures God standing in the "assembly of El" (the head of the Canaanite gods) where he accuses the gods of failing to promote justice on earth.  God pronounces sentence upon them, announcing that they will die like men. In Psalm 83, Asaph asks God to deliver Israel from the attacks of foreign nations. Recalling how God defeated Israel's enemies in the days of Deborah and Gideon, he prays that the hostile nations would be humiliated. Psalm 84, written by the Korahites, expresses the desire to be in God's presence in the Jerusalem temple, for the Lord is the protector of his people. In Psalm 85, God's people recall how he forgave their sins in the past and pray that he might now restore them to his favor.  It is a prayer of faith that anticipates God's renewed blessings. Join me in Psalms 80-85 and look forward to living in the presence of the Lord! Key verses: Psalms 80:14 O God of Heaven’s Armies, come back!Look down from heaven and take notice! Take care of this vine,   Psalms 81:13 If only my people would obey me! If only Israel would keep my commands!   Psalms 82:1 A psalm of Asaph. God stands in the assembly of El; in the midst of the gods he renders judgment.   Psalms 83:16 Cover their faces with shame, so they might seek you, O Lord.   Psalms 84:2 I desperately want to be in the courts of the Lord’s temple. My heart and my entire being shout for joy to the living God.   Psalms 85:2 You pardoned the wrongdoing of your people; you forgave all their sin. (Selah) All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 24, 2019
#175 Psalms 78-79
Day 175 of the podcast, reading Psalms 78-79 NET, read along at: This is day 175 of our journey. Today we read only 2 psalms, both written by Asaph. Psalm 78 is a lengthy didactic psalm rehearsing Israel's history.  It praises God for his power, goodness and patience, but also reminds his audience that sin angers God and prompts his judgement.  In the conclusion, Asaph elevates Jerusalem as God's chosen city and David as his chosen king. In Psalm 79, Asaph laments how the invading nations have destroyed the temple and city of Jerusalem.  He asks God to forgive his people and to pour out his vengeance on those who have mistreated them. Join me in Psalms 78-79 to remember God's power and his judgement of sin. Key verses: Psalms 78:2 I will sing a song that imparts wisdom; I will make insightful observations about the past.   Psalms 79:12 Pay back our neighbors in full! May they be insulted the same way they insulted you, O Lord!   All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 23, 2019
#174 Psalms 73-77
Day 174 of the podcast, reading Psalms 73-77 NET, read along at: This is day 174 of our journey. Today we begin Book 3 of Psalms by reading five psalms of Asaph. Psalm 73 is a wisdom psalm offering a personal testimony of struggle with seeing the prosperity of the wicked.  The psalmist had observed evil men prosper and wondered if living an upright and godly lifestyle was financially beneficial. But, upon wise reflection, he was reminded that the prosperity of the wicked is only temporary and that God will eventually vindicate his people. Psalm 74 was written in the aftermath of the devastation caused by the Babylonian invasion of Jerusalem in 586 BC.  The psalmist asks God to consider Israel's sufferings and intervene on behalf of his people. Psalm 75 celebrates God's just rule, which guarantees that the godly will be vindicated and the wicked destroyed. Psalm 76 depicts God as a mighty warrior who will destroy Israel's enemies. In Psalm 77, Asaph recalls how he suffered through a time of doubt, but tells how he found encouragement and hope as he recalled the way in which God delivered Israel at the Red Sea. Join me in Psalms 73-77 to recall the greatness of God and his promise to deliver, even when all feels lost. Key verses: Psalms 73:25 Whom do I have in heaven but you?I desire no one but you on earth.   Psalms 74:22 Rise up, O God! Defend your honor! Remember how fools insult you all day long! Psalms 75:10 God says, “I will bring down all the power of the wicked; the godly will be victorious.”   Psalms 76:7 You are awesome! Yes, you!Who can withstand your intense anger?   Psalms 77:11 I will remember the works of the Lord.Yes, I will remember the amazing things you did long ago!   All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 22, 2019
#173 Psalms 69-72
Day 173 of the podcast, reading Psalms 69-72 NET, read along at: This is day 173 of our journey. Today we will conclude the Second Book of Psalms by reading it's remaining four entries. In Psalm 69, David laments over the oppression he faces and asks the Lord to deliver him by severely judging his enemies. In Psalm 70, he asks for God's help and for divine retribution against his enemies. In Psalm 71 he prays for divine intervention and expresses his confidence that God will protect and vindicate him. Psalm 72 is a royal psalm containing a prayer for the Davidic king.  It depicts the king's universal rule of peace and prosperity.  As such, it is also a messianic psalm, because the perfect ideal that it expresses could only be fully realized during the Messiah's earthly reign. Join me in Psalms 69-72 to praise God for his deliverance and look toward the coming Messiah! Key verses: Psalms 69:9 Certainly zeal for your house consumes me;I endure the insults of those who insult you. Psalms 70:5 I am oppressed and needy! O God, hurry to me! You are my helper and my deliverer!O Lord, do not delay!   Psalms 71:14 As for me, I will wait continually, and will continue to praise you. Psalms 72:18 The Lord God, the God of Israel, deserves praise! He alone accomplishes amazing things! All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 21, 2019
#172 Psalms 63-68
Day 172 of the podcast, reading Psalms 63-68 NET, read along at: This is day 172 of our journey. Today we read another 6 Psalms.  Each of them speaks of the deliverance of the Lord and his worthiness to be praised. In Psalm 63, David expresses his intense desire to be in God's presence and confidently affirms that God will judge his enemies. In Psalm 64 he asks God to protect him from his dangerous enemies and then confidently affirms that God will destroy the wicked and demonstrate his justice in the sight of all observers. In Psalm 65, David praises God because he forgives sin and blesses his people with an abundant harvest. Psalm 66 is a song of praise to God because he has delivered his people from a crisis. In Psalm 67, the psalmist prays for God's blessing upon his people.  When his people are blessed, all the nations of the world will give God the honor he deserves. In Psalm 68, David depicts God as a mighty warrior and celebrates the fact that God exerts his power on behalf of his people.  Only He is worthy of praise! Join me in Psalms 63-68 to praise the God who delivers, protects, and provides! Key verses: Psalms 63:3 Because experiencing your loyal love is better than life itself,my lips will praise you. Psalms 64:8 Their slander will bring about their demise. All who see them will shudder,   Psalms 65:11 You crown the year with your good blessings, and you leave abundance in your wake.   Psalms 66:5 Come and witness God’s exploits! His acts on behalf of people are awesome!   Psalms 67:7 May God bless us! Then all the ends of the earth will give him the honor he deserves.   Psalms 68:19 The Lord deserves praise! Day after day he carries our burden,the God who delivers us. (Selah) All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 20, 2019
#171 Psalms 56-62
Day 171 of the podcast, reading Psalms 56-62 NET, read along at: This is day 171 of our journey. Today we read 7 psalms of David. As we remember the story of David's life, it becomes clear that being "a man after God's own heart" did NOT mean that he was a man free from troubles.  Much of David's life was filled with conflict and peril.  In these seven Psalms, we see the heart of a man beset by enemies...both from invading nations and even schemers within his own court.  As we read through these heartfelt prayers to the Lord, you will see a common and recurring theme.  David first expresses his dismay and cries out to the Lord for protection and justice but then the focus changes from petition to praise.  The most encouraging part of these Psalms is David's confidence in God.  He walked with the Lord and knew that Yahweh was (and is) the only true and just judge, a strong defender, mighty in power, and worthy to be praised.  In the midst of his trials, he saw and worshiped a God who was bigger than his troubles. Join me in Psalms 56-62 and have confidence that God is in control! Key verses: Psalms 56:11 in God I trust, I am not afraid.What can mere men do to me? Psalms 57:7 I am determined, O God! I am determined!I will sing and praise you! Psalms 58:11 Then observers will say,“Yes indeed, the godly are rewarded! Yes indeed, there is a God who judges in the earth!”   Psalms 59:12 They speak sinful words. So let them be trapped by their own prideand by the curses and lies they speak!   Psalms 60:5 Deliver by your power and answer me, so that the ones you love may be safe.   Psalms 61:7 May he reign forever before God!Decree that your loyal love and faithfulness should protect him. Psalms 62:2 He alone is my protector and deliverer.He is my refuge; I will not be upended.   All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 19, 2019
#170 Psalms 50-55
Day 170 of the podcast, reading Psalms 50-55 NET, read along at: This is day 170 of our journey. Today we read 6 psalms that speak of human sin and weakness and of the deliverance (both physical and spiritual) that only God can bring. Psalm 50 takes the form of a covenant lawsuit in which the Lord comes to confront his people in a formal manner.  The Lord emphasizes that he places priority on obedience and genuine worship, not empty ritual. Psalm 51 is David's cry for forgiveness after his sin with Bathsheba and his murder of Uriah.  He begs for forgiveness and a transformation of his inner character. In Psalm 52, the psalmist confidently confronts his enemy and affirms that God will destroy evildoers and vindicate those who faithfully serve Him. In Psalm 53, the psalmist observes that the human race is morally corrupt. Evildoers oppress God's people, but the psalmist is confident of God's protection and anticipates a day when God will vindicate Israel. In Psalm 54, David asks God for protection against his enemies, confidently affirms that God will vindicate him, and promises to give thanks to God for the deliverance that he will bring. The suffering and oppressed author of Psalm 55 laments that one of his friends has betrayed him, but he is confident that God will vindicate him by punishing his deceitful enemies. Join me in Psalms 50-55 to gain confidence in the God who vindicates his people! Key verses: Psalms 50:23 Whoever presents a thank-offering honors me. To whoever obeys my commands, I will reveal my power to deliver.”   Psalms 51:4 Against you – you above all – I have sinned;I have done what is evil in your sight.So you are just when you confront me; you are right when you condemn me. Psalms 52:8 But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God;I continually trust in God’s loyal love.   Psalms 53:3 Everyone rejects God; they are all morally corrupt. None of them does what is right, not even one!   Psalms 54:4 Look,  God is my deliverer! The Lord is among those who support me.   Psalms 55:22 Throw your burden upon the Lord, and he will sustain you. He will never allow the godly to be shaken.   All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 18, 2019
#169 Psalms 45-49
This is day 169 of our journey. Today we read 5 Psalms from the Korahites. Psalm 45 is a romantic song about the beautiful princess that marries the king. The king is praised for his military prowess while the princess is praised for her beauty.  They receive encouragement over their future children and the blessing they will be. Psalms 46 & 48 emphasize the special status of the city of Jerusalem.  It is the dwelling place of God.  If the world itself were to melt and crumble around them, the city would remain secure in God's mighty power.  If the nations rise up against it, the city would still remain secure in God's mighty power.  The Lord Almighty, not the city's walls, is the true refuge of his people! Psalm 47 is a hymn sung by the covenant community in praise to the Lord as the exalted king of the earth who has given them victory over the nations and a land in which to live. In Psalm 49, the psalmist states that he will not fear the rich enemies who threaten him because they are mere mortal men who, despite their current wealth and political power, will eventually die like everyone else. Join me in Psalms 45-49 and rest in the power of God to keep you secure whatever your current trouble.
June 17, 2019
#168 Psalms 40-44
Day 168 of the podcast, reading Psalms 40-44 NET, read along at: This is day 168 of our journey. While our modern Bibles arrange the Psalms into a single book, it was not originally arranged in such a way.   Today, we will read the last 2 Psalms of what was considered Book 1, and the first 3 Psalms of Book 2. Psalm 40 is a song of thanksgiving for God's past faithfulness and deliverance of his people combined with a petition for continued intervention in the present age. In Psalm 41, David anticipates the joy he will experience when the Lord intervenes on his behalf.  He prays for healing, and is confident that the Lord has heard and will respond.  He closes the psalm and the book with a declaration of the worthiness of the Lord God of Israel to receive praise. Psalms 42-43 are meant to be read as a single psalm with three stanzas.  The psalmist recalls how he once worshiped in the Lord's temple, but laments that he is now oppressed by enemies and being carried away from his beloved Jerusalem into exile. In Psalm 43, he finds his answer.  He has gained perspective by going to God in prayer and looking to the future.  God's power is greater than his circumstances. Psalm 44 starts with a song of praise for the mighty works that God has done in the past in delivering his people.  The psalmist goes on to lament that the nation has suffered a recent defeat even though they are still faithfully serving the Lord.  They trusted in God, and wonder, as a nation, why He has rejected them and allowed their defeat.  The people cry out for God to wake up and deliver compassion to his suffering people. Join me in Psalms 40-44 to look beyond your current suffering to your future deliverance! Key verses: Psalms 40:8 I want to do what pleases you, my God.Your law dominates my thoughts.”   Psalms 41:13 The Lord God of Israel deserves praise in the future and forevermore! We agree! We agree!   Psalms 42:8 By day the Lord decrees his loyal love, and by night he gives me a song, a prayer to the God of my life.   Psalms 43:5 Why are you depressed, O my soul? Why are you upset? Wait for God!For I will again give thanks to my God for his saving intervention.   Psalms 44:23 Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?Wake up! Do not reject us forever!   All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 16, 2019
#167 Psalms 36-39
This is day 167 of our journey. Today we read 4 more Psalms of deliverance. In Psalm 36, the psalmist displays confidence that, despite the schemes of evil men, the Lord is just and sustains all life.  He prays for divine blessing and protection and anticipates God's judgment of the wicked. In Psalm 37, the psalmist urges his audience not to envy the wicked, but to trust in and obey the Lord, for he will, in His own time, destroy sinners and preserve the righteous. In Psalm 38, David asks the Lord to deliver him from his enemies. He confesses his sin and recognizes that the crisis he faces is the result of God's holy discipline. He recognizes his own weakness and, though he deserves God's justice, he begs the Lord not to reject him. In Psalm 39, David laments his frailty and mortality as he begs the Lord to take pity on him and remove his disciplinary hand. Join me in Psalms 36-39 to be reminded of God's love for those who seek his face.
June 15, 2019
#166 Psalms 32-35
Day 166 of the podcast, reading Psalms 32-35 NET, read along at: This is day 166 of our journey. Today we read four psalms that speak of God's grace, mercy, and strength. In Psalm 32, the psalmist recalls the agony he experienced prior to confessing his sins and affirms that true happiness comes when one's sins are forgiven.  He then urges others not to be stubborn, but rather to turn to God while foregiveness is available. Psalm 33 is a hymn of praise to the Lord as Sovereign Creator and Just Ruler who protects and vindicates those who fear him. In Psalm 34, David praises God for delivering him from distress and encourages others to be loyal to the Lord.  The Lord protects his servants. Psalm 35 appeals to the Lord for deliverance from the enemies that are seeking his life. Join me in Psalms 32-35 to praise God, the deliverer of his people! Key verses: Psalms 32:5 Then I confessed my sin;I no longer covered up my wrongdoing.I said, “I will confess my rebellious acts to the Lord.”And then you forgave my sins. (Selah) Psalms 33:12 How blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,the people whom he has chosen to be his special possession. Psalms 34:19 The godly face many dangers, but the Lord saves them from each one of them. Psalms 35:23 Rouse yourself, wake up and vindicate me! My God and Lord, defend my just cause! All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 14, 2019
#165 Psalms 26-31
Day 165 of the podcast, reading Psalms 26-31 NET, read along at: This is day 165 of our journey. Today, we will read another 6 psalms that each, in their own way, speak to God's power and deliverance in times of trouble. Psalms 26-28 are cries for vindication before the Lord.  The psalmist asserts his integrity and loyalty to God and calls for protection for himself as well as punishment for the evildoer.  He is confident that God will protect his people. Psalm 29 is a song of praise that speaks of the Lord's royal splendor and his control over the weather and the storms.  He exerts his awesome might on behalf of his people. Psalm 30 was written by David for the dedication of the temple.  The dedication itself happened after David had died but the king had prepared many things for the temple during his lifetime and this song of praise was part of the legacy that David left behind for the people of Israel.  This song was written in the aftermath of his pride in 1 Chronicles when he took a census of his army and received punishment from the Lord.  He recognizes the greatness of the Lord as he is willing to turn from his discipline in response to the humility of his people. Psalm 31 starts with cries for protection, then ends with cries of praise for the protection and deliverance that comes. Join me in Psalms 26-31 and marvel at the faithfulness of God. Key verses: Psalms 26:1 By David. Vindicate me, O Lord,for I have integrity, and I trust in the Lord without wavering.   Psalms 27:14 Rely on the Lord!Be strong and confident! Rely on the Lord!   Psalms 28:9 Deliver your people!Empower the nation that belongs to you! Care for them like a shepherd and carry them in your arms at all times!   Psalms 29:10 The Lord sits enthroned over the engulfing waters, the Lord sits enthroned as the eternal king.   Psalms 30:11 Then you turned my lament into dancing;you removed my sackcloth and covered me with joy.   Psalms 31:22 I jumped to conclusions and said, “I am cut off from your presence!” But you heard my plea for mercy when I cried out to you for help.   All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 13, 2019
#164 Psalms 21-25
Day 164 of the podcast, reading Psalms 21-25 NET, read along at: This is day 164 of our journey. Today's reading contains 6 psalms of deliverance.  The psalmists constantly cry for help, but ALWAYS remember that God will deliver.  God graciously gives his followers guidance and instruction.  He upholds them in his power. Psalm 22 begins with a familiar phrase: "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" This phrase was spoken by Jesus on the cross.  Jesus was pointing back to this Psalm and causing those who were listening to remember the similar cries of despair from David.  As we read through the Psalm, we quickly see the cries of despair turn to shouts of praise and victory.  The Psalmist states: "He has done it!"  Listen to the vivid descriptions that beautifully foreshadow what happened to Jesus Christ on the cross and of the coming Day of the Lord that is only possible because of His great love.  Join me in Psalms 21-25 and place your trust in the unfailing deliverer! Key verses: Psalms 21:1 For the music director; a psalm of David. O Lord, the king rejoices in the strength you give; he takes great delight in the deliverance you provide. Psalms 22:31 They will come and tell about his saving deeds; they will tell a future generation what he has accomplished.   Psalms 23:6 Surely your goodness and faithfulness will pursue me all my days, and I will live in the Lord’s house for the rest of my life.   Psalms 24:8 Who is this majestic king? The Lord who is strong and mighty!The Lord who is mighty in battle!   Psalms 25:14 The Lord’s loyal followers receive his guidance, and he reveals his covenantal demands to them. All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 12, 2019
#163 Psalms 17-20
Day 163 of the podcast, reading Psalms 17-20 NET, read along at: This is day 163 of our journey. Today we read four Psalms of David. Psalm 17 is a prayer for deliverance where David pleads for protection and affirms that God's presence alone is sufficient to satisfy all his needs.  In Psalm 18, we hear David speak of God as his stronghold in times of trouble.  Reading through 1 Samuel, we saw David often flee to an area called "the stronghold" to escape from King Saul.  This stronghold is what we now call Masada.  It was a highly defensible position that afforded a clear view of its surroundings and the protection that high ground offers from enemies.  But, in Psalm 18, David recognizes that his real defense is in following the Lord and trusting in him. In Psalm 19, David praises God for the revelation of his goodness and his might through both God's act of creation and the gift of His Law.  Even though we may not literally hear creation praising God, we see His handiwork in all things and "The heavens declare the glory of God."  The most desirable thing that man can seek out is the Word of the Lord so that we may, in all our ways, acknowledge and glorify Him! Join me in Psalms 17-20 to rejoice in the protection and the glory of God! Key verses: Psalms 17:15 As for me, because I am innocent I will see your face; when I awake you will reveal yourself to me. Psalms 18:2 The Lord is my high ridge, my stronghold, my deliverer.My God is my rocky summit where I take shelter, my shield, the horn that saves me, and my refuge.   Psalms 19:1 For the music director; a psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky displays his handiwork. Psalms 20:7 Some trust in chariots and others in horses, but we depend on the Lord our God.   All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 11, 2019
#162 Psalms 9-16
Day 162 of the podcast, reading Psalms 9-16 NET, read along at: This is day 162 of our journey. Today we read eight psalms that discuss the theme of deliverance.  The Psalmists write about suffering under the yoke of oppression, but they rely on the Lord to deliver them.  They are surrounded by evil, but choose to take their stand with the Lord. Their advisors panic, but they are able to remain calm because they know that the Lord is in control of all things.  On a personal note, Psalm 15 was read at my wedding as a challenge for my wife and I.  Our desire, as Christians, should not only be to dwell in heaven with the Lord but to be His people here on Earth and to consisently serve him with humility, faithfulness, and great love. The question we must ask ourselves is this: How can we, in a post-modern age filled with opposition, hope to accomplish that?  The answer is simple yet profound: We worship our King by walking in accordance to the Laws of the Lord.  His Holy Word is like a lamp unto our feet in uncertain times. When we walk in His ways, we will never be shaken and the Lord will hold us secure, no matter what comes against us. Join me in Psalms 9-16 to take confidence in the trustworthiness of the Lord! Key verses: Psalms 9:11 Sing praises to the Lord, who rules in Zion!Tell the nations what he has done!   Psalms 10:17  Lord, you have heard the request of the oppressed;you make them feel secure because you listen to their prayer. Psalms 11:1 For the music director; by David. In the Lord I have taken shelter. How can you say to me, “Flee to a mountain like a bird!   Psalms 12:6 The Lord’s words are absolutely reliable. They are as untainted as silver purified in a furnace on the ground,where it is thoroughly refined.   Psalms 13:5 But I trust in your faithfulness.May I rejoice because of your deliverance!   Psalms 14:3 Everyone rejects God; they are all morally corrupt. None of them does what is right, not even one!   Psalms 15:1 A psalm of David. Lord, who may be a guest in your home? Who may live on your holy hill?   Psalms 16:11 You lead me in the path of life; I experience absolute joy in your presence; you always give me sheer delight. All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 10, 2019
#161 Psalms 1-8
Day 161 of the podcast, reading Psalms 1-8 NET, read along at: This is day 161 of our journey. I am very excited to read through the Book of Psalms with you!  I've never been excited by poetry, and Psalms, unfortunately, has been no exception.  However, as I've studied more and learned the book's structure better, I realize that this is NOT just 150 poems, but rather a carefully crafted narrative.  I look forward to experiencing this firsthand as I read through it again as part of our shared journey!  One of the resources that has really helped me with this is an overview video on the book of Psalms by the Bible Project (link in the description).  I highly recommend that you check it out before continuing. The first chapter of Psalms is, essentially, a foreword to the entire book.  It describes two different paths that we, as humans, must choose between; The way of the wicked or the way of the Law of the Lord.  These paths lead to two different rewards: we will be like a tree planted by streams of water, or we will be like chaff, blown and tossed by the wind.  Choose the right path! The rest of our reading follows from this idea.  The psalmists go through struggles and cry out before God. They trust in Him and follow in the Lord's path even when all hope seems lost. God answers them and delivers them, destroying the wicked in the process. Join me in Psalms 1-8 and rejoice in the Law of the Lord! Key verses: Psalms 1:2 Instead he finds pleasure in obeying the Lord’s commands; he meditates on his commands day and night.   Psalms 2:8 Ask me,and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the ends of the earth as your personal property.   Psalms 3:3 But you, Lord, are a shield that protects me; you are my glory and the one who restores me.   Psalms 4:8 I will lie down and sleep peacefully, for you, Lord, make me safe and secure.   Psalms 5:8  Lord, lead me in your righteousness because of those who wait to ambush me, remove the obstacles in the way in which you are guiding me! Psalms 6:9 The Lord has heard my appeal for mercy;the Lord has accepted my prayer.   Psalms 7:17 I will thank the Lord for his justice;I will sing praises to the Lord Most High!   Psalms 8:3-4 When I look up at the heavens, which your fingers made,and see the moon and the stars, which you set in place,  4 Of what importance is the human race, that you should notice them?Of what importance is mankind, that you should pay attention to them? All Scriptures are from the NET. Check out these links for more thoughts on the topic: The Bible Project Video: Overview Chart by Charles Swindoll
June 9, 2019
#160 Job 39-42
Day 160 of the podcast, reading Job 39-42 NET, read along at: This is day 160 of our journey. God continues to speak to his servant Job.  He questions Job about the vastness of creation (does Job know about every creature?).  The Lord then brags about the power of Behemoth and Leviathon, two mighty creatures that no man can tame. Twice, Job has the opportunity to respond and he does so with humility and contrition.  Job recognizes that he was speaking without knowledge.  In the end, God turns to the three friends and condemns them for speaking lies to Job. He commands that they make an offering to him through Job.  After this, God chooses to bless Job again, he receives double the wealth that he had at the start as well as another ten children. Job continues to walk before God in integrity! Join me in Job 39-42 to marvel at the awesome power of God, and recognize our place before him. Key verses: Job 39:1  “Are you acquainted with the way the mountain goats give birth?Do you watch as the wild deer give birth to their young? Job 40:5 I have spoken once, but I cannot answer;twice, but I will say no more.”   Job 41:11  (Who has confronted me that I should repay? Everything under heaven belongs to me!) Job 42:6 Therefore I despise myself, and I repent in dust and ashes!   All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 8, 2019
#159 Job 36-38
Day 159 of the podcast, reading Job 36-38 NET, read along at: This is day 159 of our journey. Elihu, the youngest of Job's accusers, continues to speak his words of condemnation.  Elihu has no sense of humility and essentially claims that he is complete in his knowledge and is speaking for God Himself.  He reminds Job of God's great power and majesty and emphasizes the punishments that God enacts on the wicked.  Elihu says nothing new...and he says it with grossly misplaced confidence. Then, finally, God speaks!  He calls out to Job.  But, he doesn't give Job all of the answers he seeks. Instead, the Lord questions Job.  He asks about Job's wisdom and knowledge regarding all the things that God has done asking "Do you understand all these things?"  God seems to be implying: "If you don't understand these things, how can you claim to understand all my ways?  How can you question any of my actions?" Join me in Job 36-38 to hear God speak to Job! Key verses: Job 36:4 For in truth, my words are not false;it is one complete in knowledge who is with you. Job 37:5 God thunders with his voice in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.   Job 38:2-3  “Who is this who darkens counsel with words without knowledge?  3 Get ready for a difficult task like a man;I will question youand you will inform me! All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 7, 2019
#158 Job 33-35
Day 158 of the podcast, reading Job 33-35 NET, read along at: This is day 158 of our journey. Elihu continues to speak his self-important "wisdom" to Job.  With many words and much rambling, Elihu restates the arguments of the three older men, but his tone is even more condescending.  He claims that Job is a fool for claiming to be innocent before God (missing Job's statements about his guilt).  He accuses Job of failing to help the weak and poor, accusing him of lying when he claimed otherwise.  He restates the "obvious" fact that man's wickedness cannot be hidden from God and that hardships are used by God to correct.  In all, Elihu speaks with great pride in the wisdom that he thinks he has, not realizing that he really isn't saying anything new. Join me in Job 33-35 to hear the long-winded rebuke of Elihu. Key verses: Job 33:19 Or a person is chastened by pain on his bed,and with the continual strife of his bones,   Job 34:25 Therefore,  he knows their deeds,he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed.   Job 35:16 So Job opens his mouth to no purpose; without knowledge he multiplies words.”   All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 6, 2019
#157 Job 30-32
Day 157 of the podcast, reading Job 30-32 NET, read along at: This is day 157 of our journey. Job continues by contrasting where he was before his life changed with where his life has taken him now.  The men that were too vile for Job to interact with are now the very men that spit on him and look down on him.  He is in despair yet, instead of extending grace upon their brother, those around him continue to pile more suffering upon him.  He makes his final plea, stating his case for the upright way that he has carried himself.  He looks after the poor and the orphan, he defends the weak and the innocent.  He trusts in God.  He signs off with a cry for God to answer. But, the answer he receives first comes from a young man named Elihu.  He has waited patiently for the older men to speak, but now that they have finished accusing Job, Elihu feels he must also answer from his "great wisdom." Join me in Job 30-32 to hear Job's final defense. Key verses: Job 30:16  “And now my soul pours itself out within me; days of suffering take hold of me. Job 31:35  “If only I had someone to hear me!Here is my signature – let the Almighty answer me!If only I had an indictment that my accuser had written.   Job 32:20 I will speak, so that I may find relief;I will open my lips, so that I may answer.   All Scriptures are from the NET.
June 5, 2019
#156 Job 26-29
Day 156 of the podcast, reading Job 26-29 NET, read along at: This is day 156 of our journey. Job begins his final defense.  First, he strikes out in sarcasm at the great "wisdom" of Bildad.  But he quickly moves from frusteration to worship as he proclaims the greatness of God and his unknowable nature.  He, once again, expresses his innocence and clings firmly to his integrity while reviling the final state of the wicked man.  He extols the value of wisdom, comparing it to precious stones.  Wisdom is greater and more difficult to find!  Then, he recalls his former glory but, in doing so, he doesn't focus on what he had but rather on the ability he had to help those in need.  He was respected for his wisdom and benevolence. Join me in Job 26-29 as Job stands firm in his integrity. Key verses: