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Psalm 86

This morning we’ll be reading through Psalm 86. The one verse that stand out to me is verse 11, “Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.” From this verse we can see that how complete David’s devotion and dependence upon God really was. My bible study notes say of this verse that David was saying, “Save me from the enemy outside but also from my faulty within.”

Please read Psalm 86.

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Create A Clean Heart

This year on the Stillness blog we are reading through the bible chronologically. I haven’t done this for years and have really been enjoying it this time around. One of the things I like the most about it is the fact that reading it has given new light and meaning to the Psalms.

I’m currently reading through 2 Samuel and just came to the point in David’s life where he committed adultery with Bathsheba, got her pregnant and then set up her husband to be killed in battle. In 2 Samuel 12 we read about the prophet Nathan going to David with a story,

“And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, ‘There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.’ Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, ‘As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.’ Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man!'” . . . . “David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord’” (2 Samuel 12:1-7a & 13).

David knew he had sinned against the Lord but when I read what he had to say about it I don’t get the full depth of what he really felt until I read through Psalm 51.

“Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit” (Psalm 51:6-12).

You can just feel his yearning to be forgiven. To have his relationship with God restored. The combination of the story and what David wrote at that time gives the verses in that chapter more meaning. They make it more personal and relatable.

I was left with a sense of awe at how close to God David was. Am I this close to the Lord that I hurt deeply when I sin? Have I gotten so use to sin that I gloss over how it grieves the Lord and deeply hurts me and others?

I’m not sure what I’m trying to say but I think it comes down to remember to give yourself a heart check. To pray for a deeper desire to be closer to the Lord and a sensitivity to sin. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”


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Happy Mother’s Day!

This morning I wanted to honor all the women who are mothers and/or fill the role of motherhood in some way. I’ll take my thoughts from Proverbs 31:10-31.

Within this passage we read that a virtuous woman is:

Trustworthy (verses 10-12)
Provider (verses 13-15)
Industrious (verses 16-19)
Compassionate (verse 20)
Skillful (verses 21-24)
Wise (verses 25-26)
Rarely Idle (verse 27)
Is Praised (verses 28-29)

Above all she fears the Lord, Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.  Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates” (verses 30-31).

May you all have a blessed Mother’s Day!


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Psalm 85

This is a psalm that is like a prayer for what my bible study notes say, “The renewal of God’s mercies to His people at a time when they are once more suffering distress.”

This Psalm is broken down into four parts:

Verses 1-3 is a reminder to Israel of a time in the past that God revived them from distress.
Verses 4-7 is a plea for God to revive them again.
Verses 8 & 9 represents a pause or a time of just listening to see how God will answer their prayer.
Verses 10-13 is a promise of a future restoration.

I like how in the middle of this Psalm there is a time to pause and listen. I will admit that sitting quietly and waiting is something I struggle with. But I pray that today we’ll take the time in the middle of our prayers and requests to pause and listen.

Please read Psalm 85.


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Words of Encouragement

Last night my bible study group got together for a much-needed social/chat/laugh visit. We are a group of women from all walks of life and from every age group. We were placed into a bible study group by random and now consider each other family. I’m blessed by these women and their friendships. I know if I need prayer I just need to ask. I know if I need encouragement it’ll be given.

It is because of their encouragement that I wanted to share some encouraging words and verses with you. These are verses and quotes I’ve been given over the years. I pray that they will be of some encouragement to you today.


 


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Psalm 84

How are you doing on our Sunday read through of the Psalms? I hope it has been beneficial to you. I wanted to let the newbies to the Stillness blog know that we are reading through Psalms and eventually Proverbs one chapter at a time on Sundays. Please don’t feel like you have to wait and/or try to catch up to where we are. I’d rather you start to read along with us than not read at all.

My study notes say on this chapter, “A prayer of longing for the house of the Lord . . . the author (presumably a Levite who normally function in the temple service), now barred from access to God’s house, gives voice to his longing for the sweet nearness to God in His temple that he had known in the past.”

I am so thankful that the Lord doesn’t just dwell in a temple but He dwells within us. He is with us always. The thing I think about when I read several of the verses in this chapter is how our hearts should yearn to be with the Lord.

Please read Psalm 84.


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Psalm 83

If you are new to the blog I wanted to let you know that every Sunday we read a chapter of the book of Psalms. It doesn’t matter where you start so don’t feel like you can’t participate because we are already on Psalm 83. We will be reading through the Psalms and Proverbs for as long as this blog is going which means you’ll be able to read both books eventually.

Please read Psalm 83.