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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

June 29 – Psalm 80-85

NOTE: As we enter the Psalms, since each Psalm is its own unit, I will only be able to focus on 1 of them in the group to meditate more on.  This highlights the value of others meditating on other Psalms and commenting on them.  =)

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Psalm 84
  • One of my favorite Psalms!
  • This Psalm is both incredibly encouraging and convicting and humbling
  • Psalm 84 is a Psalm celebrating pilgrimage to Jerusalem to worship God in His Temple
  • The Psalm focuses on the delight of being in God’s dwelling place
  • The Psalm is meant to stir up the affections of God’s people to treasure God above all things
  • God’s dwelling place is indeed lovely (v. 1)
  • Truly, blessed are those who dwell in God’s house, singing God’s praise (v. 4)
  • Truly, one day in God’s courts is better than a thousand elsewhere (v. 10)
  • Amazingly, there is no good thing that God withholds from those who walk uprightly (v. 11)
  • This Psalm is incredibly encouraging because everything in this Psalm is TRUE
  • However, this Psalm is also incredibly convicting and humbling because we all fall way short of what this Psalm talks about
  • We know all these truths, but we don’t truly delight in God and treasure God above all things
  • Rather, we recognize that there are so many things that we delight in more than God
  • John Calvin says that our hearts are idol factories, churning out idol after idol that we delight in more than the One True God

How Points to Christ

  • Every Psalm is either ultimately about Jesus Christ or sung perfectly only by Jesus Christ
  • Psalm 84 is sung perfectly only by Jesus Christ
  • Only Jesus delighted in God above all things
  • And in the Gospel, praise God that Jesus’ life of delighting in God alone is imputed to us
  • And in the Gospel, praise God that Jesus’ life of delighting in God alone is what God is transforming us into

Apply

  • Please pray that God’s people would live this Psalm more and more with each passing day
  • Please pray that I would be adamantly at identifying my heart idols and seeking to kill them

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

I will be without computer and internet access for the next few days, but below are the readings for the next few days.  This highlights the value of others meditating on other Psalms and commenting on them.  =)

June 30 – Psalm 86-89

July 1 – Psalm 90-95

July 2 – Psalm 96-102

July 3 – Psalm 103-105

July 4 – Psalm 106-107

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • What does the text say
  • What does the text mean

How Points to Christ

  • Every Psalm is either ultimately about Jesus Christ or sung perfectly only by Jesus Christ

Apply

  • God’s Word is not meant to be mere information, but is designed to affect transformation in our lives
  • We haven’t truly read or understood God’s Word until we apply it

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Joshua Project!

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Population: 173,000

Language: Malay

Religion: Islam

Evangelical: 0.01%

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

June 28 – Psalm 78-79

NOTE: As we enter the Psalms, since each Psalm is its own unit, I will only be able to focus on 1 of them in the group to meditate more on.  This highlights the value of others meditating on other Psalms and commenting on them.  =)

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Psalm 78
  • We are called to tell all coming generations the glorious deeds of the Lord and the wonders He has done
  • But we must carefully read through this Psalm to know what the Psalmist is talking about regarding God’s glorious deeds and wonders
  • Most people, they immediately think about God’s mercy and grace
  • However, soon into the Psalm, we see that the glorious deeds of the Lord and the wonders He has done includes BOTH God’s mercy AND God’s JUSTICE, God’s just punishment against sin and unbelief
  • The Psalmist also highlights God’s patient mercy in the midst of people’s sin and unbelief
  • We must tell all coming generations who God is as BOTH a God of perfect justice and hatred against sin, and a God of patient mercy who gives grace to those who repent

How Points to Christ

  • Every Psalm is either ultimately about Jesus Christ or sung perfectly only by Jesus Christ
  • Psalm 78 is about Jesus Christ
  • At the cross of Jesus Christ, God’s patient mercy and perfect justice met
  • And at the end, because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, God’s eternal justice against the wicked will either fall upon them or would have already fallen on Christ for all the wicked who repent and believe in Jesus Christ alone for salvation

Apply

  • Please pray that sinners, beginning with myself, would never abuse God’s mercy and justify sin
  • Please pray that God’s people would spend lots of time meditating and remembering the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • And please pray that I would be faithful in training my children by warning them of the seriousness of sin and the abundance of God’s mercy
  • All Christian parents are shepherds and teachers for their children
  • And all Christian dads are Pastor Dads
  • We cannot and must not delegate this glorious duty

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Joshua Project!

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Population: 7,500

Language: Kon Keu

Religion: Buddhism

Evangelical: 0.00%

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

June 27 – Psalm 74-77

NOTE: As we enter the Psalms, since each Psalm is its own unit, I will only be able to focus on 1 of them in the group to meditate more on.  This highlights the value of others meditating on other Psalms and commenting on them.  =)

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Psalm 74
  • I love the Psalms and how real they are
  • The reveal to us real situations real people face in real life
  • Psalm 74 is a Psalm of lament, anguish of the Psalmist crying over a disaster that has come upon God’s people
  • As you read through the Psalm, you can just feel the brokenness and the sorrow in their hearts
  • In some sense, the feeling is almost to a place of despair
  • But in verse 12, the people turn their sights not simply inwards and outward at their circumstances, but they look upward
  • In verse 12, they say YET, God my King is from old
  • And then they recount God’s power and faithfulness and mighty deeds in the past, focusing particularly on God’s greatest act of deliverance, the Exodus
  • In the midst of great sorrow, they fight to believe in God’s faithfulness

How Points to Christ

  • Every Psalm is either ultimately about Jesus Christ or sung perfectly only by Jesus Christ
  • Psalm 74 is about Jesus Christ
  • God is patient with the wicked
  • But at the cross of Jesus Christ, God’s mercy and justice met
  • And at the end, because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, God’s eternal justice against the wicked will either fall upon them or would have already fallen on Christ for all the wicked who repent and believe in Jesus Christ alone for salvation

Apply

  • Please pray that I would grow in compassion for those struggling and in need
  • People’s anguishes and sorrows are real
  • Please pray that I would be able to enter their sufferings and then lift up people’s gaze to see the faithfulness of the Lord, especially in the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Joshua Project!

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Population: 5,700

Language: Akha

Religion: Ethnic Religions

Evangelical: 0.00%

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