Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wednesday, December 31st Psalm 11

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Malachi 3-4
Today's scripture focus is Psalm 11

Psalm 11 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Lord Is in His Holy Temple

To the choirmaster. Of David.

11 In the Lord I take refuge;
how can you say to my soul,
    “Flee like a bird to your mountain,
for behold, the wicked bend the bow;
    they have fitted their arrow to the string
    to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
if the foundations are destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?”
The Lord is in his holy temple;
    the Lord's throne is in heaven;
    his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
The Lord tests the righteous,
    but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
Let him rain coals on the wicked;
    fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
    the upright shall behold his face.
We have the tendency to allow our circumstances to dictate our emotions - a very natural, human tendency, but not necessarily a very wise or helpful tendency.

The fact that God is sovereign and good is what can give us confidence despite our circumstances.  He will never leave us or forsake us, but will strengthen us and give us peace as we go through difficult times.

I remember reading a blog post by Angie Smith when she and her husband discovered via ultrasound that their unborn baby would die either in utero, during birth, or very shortly after birth.  I remember her saying something to the effect of this "My Jesus is the same today as He was yesterday". (Read full blog post here).

And it's true.  No matter our circumstances, Jesus is still the same.  He is still Lord.  He is still King.  He is still good.  He is still there.  He is still with us.  HE IS.

I can't believe that wraps up another year on the Bible blog.  Once again, I've learned so much and am so thankful for all of your contributions.  Looking forward to a new year tomorrow!!  We're going back to our original format - we will follow a Bible in a Year reading plan and post about something that impacts us from the day's reading.  Here is the plan we will be following.   Happy New Year!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Genesis 1-3, Romans 1

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