Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday, 28 August, Psalms 123-125; 2 Corinthians 7 ~ Elizabeth

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 123-125; 2 Corinthians 7

In Psalm 123 our eyes are to be upon God, both to receive His blessings and to do His bidding. We are servants of a merciful Lord. However, when our time of service is filled with contempt from others, we grow tired of waiting for God's justice. The Lord does indeed have mercy for us in Christ Jesus.

In Psalm 124 we need this psalmist's reminder that our strength and safety come only by God's hand. We are in danger from flood and snare, the overwhelming and the enticing. But God is faithful for His name's sake. He rescues us so that we will continue to bless and call on His name.

Psalm 125 was possibly written at the time of Nehemiah, following the exile. The mountains surrounding Jerusalem are reminders of the lasting apportionment of the land and the promise that God will be gracious to the righteous. god's blessing transforms us into mountains surrounding His dwelling place. We are built on His Word as an unchanging rock, and we become pillars by His grace.

In our NT reading, Paul shares the ups and downs of ministry and his great joy in hearing that the Corinthians' faith in Christ was solid again. We Christians are often guilty of hoarding Christ's great love, rather than making room in our hears for others. God has loved us with an everlasting love through Jesus Christ. To open up our hearts to others, to let them know of Christ's love, is to experience again the joy of that great love of God for all.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Psalms 126-128; 2 Corinthians 8


Nathan Reimer said...

Psalm 124: 1 and 2
What would have happened to us if the Lord had not been on our side?
Tell us about it, Israel.
What would have happened to us if the Lord had not been on our side
when people attacked us?

I like how these verses are phrased, asking us questions to remind us how things could be if God hadn't helped us. Often I take things for granted and need to be brought back to reality by remembering what God has all done for me.

Pamela said...

So true, Nathan. It's good to put things into perspective.

This verse did that for me:
8 Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

When I need help, I can call on God, who created everything. No problem is bigger than that.

Conrad said...

The direction our eyes are looking will be the direction that we head in. Psalms was a good reminder for me to keep my eyes on God.

TammyIsBlessed said...

This passage hit me....
9 As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.

10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

True repentance isn't being sorry you got caught, or even sorry that you hurt someone, or even knowing that if you could go back in time you'd do it differently. True repentance is recognizing that your sin was a grievance against both God and man, confessing, making restitution (when possible) and turning 180 degrees in the other direction. Anything less is simply worldly sorrow.