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I will make music to You ... (Psalms 138-145)

27th January - "I will make music to You in front of the false gods" (Psalm 138:1).
We live in an age of pluralism, but we must remain single-minded in our devotion to the Lord.
"You made me bold by strengthening my soul" (Psalm 138:3). 
We come to the Lord in weakness. He give us his strength. 

28th January - "O Lord, You have examined me and You know me ... Examine me, O God, and know my mind" (Psalm 139:1, 23).
This Psalm begins with a statement about God, and ends with a prayer to Him. In prayer, we say our Amen to God. We look into God's Word, and we learn about God. He is the God of perfect holiness. In prayer, we say to the Lord, "We want to be more like You."

29th January - "My eyes look to You, Lord Almighty" (Psalm 141:8).
Where are we looking - to the world or to the Lord? 

"When I begin to lose hope, you already know what I am experiencing" (Psalm 142:3).
For God, there are no surprises. We are caught out - when …
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One Year Bible: Days 151-157

These notes are also being posted, day-by-day, at One Year Bible.

Day 151 -1 Samuel 29:1-31:13; John 19:28-20:9; Psalm 68:28-35 The contrast between the death of Saul, the first king of the Jews, and Jesus, the true King of the Jews, is striking. Saul’s death was a tragedy. Jesus’ death was a triumph. The contrast is the difference between a man who said, “it is enough” (Saul had had enough of life, and he wanted to live no longer) and the Man who said, “It is finished” (Jesus completed all that the Father had given Him to do). 1 Samuel ends with a burial (1 Samuel 31:13). John’s Gospel goes beyond a burial to a resurrection. Psalm 68:35 – “You, God, are awesome in Your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to His people.” Those who meet God at the inner sanctuary – the Cross of Jesus Christ – discover the power and strength of the Christ who is no longer dead, the Christ who has risen from the dead.

Day 152 - 2 Samuel 1:1-2:7; John 20:10-31; Prover…

From Our Desperate Situation To His Glorious Destination

"Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.
2 I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me." (Psalm 69:1-2)

Our situation is desperate. It's too much for us - but it's not too much for God. 
We call out to Him -  "In your great love, O God, answer me with Your sure salvation .. Answer me, Lord, out of the goodness of Your love; in Your great mercy turn to me." (Psalm 69:13,16)  - and He gives His answer. He answers us with His salvation.

From Him, we hear His Word of salvation. 
In Psalm 69:35-36, we read of God's salvation - "God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah. Then people will settle there and possess it; 36 the children of His servants will inherit it, and those who love His Name will dwell there." 
As we read these words, we look beyond "Zion" and "the cities of Judah." We catch a glimpse of God's eternal salvation - "I will …

Wonderful Grace Of Jesus ...

"You are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household,20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit." (Ephesians 2:19-22)

Amazing grace - God has done great things for us! We were not His people. Now, we are His people. This is His doing. It's the work of His grace - "Wonderful grace of Jesus, greater than all my sin ..."

From God's First Word To Us - Our Sin - To His Final Word To Us - His Salvation

"How can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?
3 Though they wished to dispute with Him,
they could not answer Him one time out of a thousand." (Job 9:2-3)

"Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God." (Romans 3:19)

Why does God speak to us about our sin? This is just the beginning of His work in us. He shows us our sin - "through the law we become conscious of our sin." (Romans 3:19) - so that we might see our need of the Saviour and come to Him, and receive, from Him, the forgiveness of our sins - "But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe." (Romans 3:21-22)

The world doesn't like having the Lord's people among them.

"Egypt was glad when they left, because dread of Israel had fallen on them." (Psalm 105:38)

The world doesn't like having the Lord's people among them. It reminds them that they need to be saved by the Lord - and they look being reminded of this. May God help us to be faithful to Him. May our lives call upon sinners to return to the Lord.

O for a closer walk with God ...

"Peter followed Him at a distance" (Mark 14:54).

Following Jesus at a distance - this is always a dangerous thing to do. Before long, Peter was denying that he even knew Jesus (Mark 14:66-72).
"O for a closer walk with God ...  ", walking on "the road that leads me to the Lamb" (William Cowper).