Daily Promises (September 28th)
Nevertheless I [am] continually with thee: thou hast Holden [me] by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me [to] glory.
My Prayer: Gracious Father, thank You for continually being present within my life! Thank You for loving me with such unconditional adoration! Make me worthy of Your wonderful devotion toward me that I may give You honour and praise. Cause me to have a passionate desire toward Your word that I may please You in all I do and say. May I desire nothing on this desolate earth but the future glory with You!
Psalms 28:4,7 – Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
2Tim.4:14> Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done.
Ps.18:2> The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Heb.2:13> And again, “I will put my trust in him.”[fn] And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.”
Isa.12:2> Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”
Reproof of wicked Judges …
Psalm 58:2a -No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth.
Ps.94:20>Can a corrupt throne be allied with you— a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?
Isa.10:1>Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees,
Theme: David complains, yet trumps over his enemies.
Psa. 6:1- O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
Psa. 6:2 – Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed.
Psa. 6:3 – My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long?
Psa. 6:4 – Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake.
Psa.6:9 – The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.
study and claim:
3a- the LORD hath set apart him that is Godly for himself.
Ex.33:16> How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
2Pet.2:9>if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.
4b – Prov.3:7> Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.
Eph.4:26> “In your anger do not sin”[fn]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
9d- The LORD hath heard my supplication Ps.3:4> I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain.
Ps.31:22>In my alarm I said, “I am cut off from your sight!” Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help.
Ps.40:1-2> I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
Reading from: Psalm 5-35-65-95-125. Prov.5:7-9,12.
David professing faith, trusts in God to guide him.
But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
(7d) 1Kings 8:29> May your eyes be open toward this temple night and day, this place of which you said, ‘My Name shall be there,’ so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place.
Focus points: In his prayer of dedication, Solomon declares that even the highest heaven cannot contain God. Isn’t it amazing that, though the heavens can’t contain God, he is willing to live in the hearts of those who love him? The God of the universe takes up residence in his people.
Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.
For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulcher; they flatter with their tongue.
For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
5:3 – “Warning against Adultery – This “adulteress” is a prostitute. Proverbs includes many warning against illicit sex for several reasons, first a Prostitute charm is used as an example of any temptation to do wrong or to leave the pursuit of wisdom. Second, sexual immorality of any kind was and still is extremely dangerous. It destroys family life. It erodes a person’s ability to love . It degrades human beings and turns them into objects. Third, sexual immorality is against God’s law.
5:18-19 (18e) rejoice with the wife of thy youth:
I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.
So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.
Mal.2:14> You ask, “Why?” It is because the LORD is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.
(19f) Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe;
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look! There he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice.
Psalms 7– Theme: A request for justice against those who make slanderous comments. God is the perfect judge and will punish those who persecute the innocent. instead of striking back, ask God to take your case, bring justice, and restore your reputation.
Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. many strong men have been slain by her –
Neh.13:26> Was it not because of marriages like these that Solomon king of Israel sinned? Among the many nations there was no king like him. He was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel, but even he was led into sin by foreign women.
Focus Points: Nehemiah used the example of Solomon’s mistakes to teach his people. If one of the greatest kings of Israel fell because of the influence of unbelievers others could too. Nehemiah saw the principle in Solomon’s example. Your gifts and strengths won’t be of much benefit if you fail to deal with your weaknesses. Although Solomon was a great king, his marriages to foreign women brought tragedy to the whole kingdom. A tendency to sin must be recognized and dealt with swiftly; otherwise, it may overpower you and bring you down. One of the strongest reasons for reading the Bible is to learn from the mistakes of God’s people.
Her house is the way to hell, –
Prov.2:18> Surely her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
I Cor.6:9,10> Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Focus point: I will just say, in a permissive society it is easy for Christians to overlook or tolerate some immoral behaviors (greed, drunkenness, etc.) while remaining outraged at others (homosexuality, thievery). We must not participate in sin or condone it in any way, nor may we be selective about what we condemn or excuse. Staying away from more “acceptable” forms of sin is difficult, but it is ho harder for us than it was for the Corinthians. God expects his followers in any age to have high standards.
Heb.13:4> Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
Real love for others produces tangible actions: (1) kindness to strangers (2) empathy for those who are in prison and those who have been mistreated (3) respect for your marriage vows and (4)contentment with what you have. Make sure that your love runs deep enough to affect your hospitality, empathy, fidelity, and contentment.
Rev.22:15> Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
The emphasis is that nothing evil and no sinner will be in God’s presence to corrupt or harm any of the unfaithful.
Prayer for the people:
Psalms 28:9>Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.
Prov.28:5-6> Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things. Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
Ref: John 7:17,18 – If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
Focus Points: Those who attempt to know God’s will and do it will know intuitively that Jesus was telling the truth about himself. Have you ever listened to religious speakers and wondered if they were telling the truth? Test them (1) their words should agree with, not contradict, the Bible; (2) their words should point to God and his will, not to themselves.