Issue #622 ~ July 27, 2020

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Studying For My Final
"'But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you."
Psalm 39:7

"Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools."
Psalm 39:8

"I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for you are the one who has done this."
Psalm 39:9

Verse 7: "'But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you."

We have come to the time of transition in this wonderful Psalm at verse 7.

The key question David puts to the Lord is: "But now, [in the present] Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you." With this question David is accepting reality. He is living with a short fuse and he's certainly not a suicide bomber!

"But now, Lord, what do I look for?"

When all else fails, and everything is falling apart around you, the best thing you can do is look to the Lord.

"Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face; And the things of earth will grow strangely dim In the light of His glory and grace."

Hebrews 12:2: "fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (NASB).

Warren Wiersbe says: "David asked, 'And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You' (v.7) That's a good question. What are you waiting for? And how can you be sure that what you're waiting for is going to come?"

Verse 8: "Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools."

You will notice 2 key words in David's request: (1) "all" - David wants to get a clean slate, he wants everything cared for - and (2) "my" - He does not blame or deny, he owns up to them, his sins and transgressions."

Brennen Manning says: "As an old black preacher on a red-clay road in Georgia instructed a pilgrim, 'Be who you is, cause if you ain't who you is, you is who you ain't.'" (Ruthless Trust, 144)

Verse 9: "I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for you are the one who has done this."
"I was silent; I would not open my mouth." He then states the reason why he does not open his mouth with words of question and accusation: "for you are the one who has done this."

In my silence I saw your sovereignty! David has now become aware of God's sovereign purpose and all that is happening around him. Words are meaningless when God has spoken.

Kris Lundgaard says: "God has served up a great feast in his Word. But if we sit in front of it and refuse to eat, it's no wonder that we shrivel up like spiritual raisins. If we're too lazy to dig into his Word, or if through sin we think so little of his Word that we ignore it, how can we help but die on the vine? But God has provided all the nourishment we need, even to our last days." (Through the Looking Glass, 176)

2 Timothy 2:15: "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth" (NASB).

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.  Pray: Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.
Psalm 31:24 (NIV)
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2.  Pray: Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Psalm 42:11 (NIV)
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3.  Pray: ...and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 5:5 (NASB)
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4.  Praise: For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
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5.  Pray: For the prison ministry. During this challenging time we have received an increase of requests from prison inmates for Bibles and study material. If you would like to participate in this ministry please indicate on your check "Prison Ministry" to help with the costs.
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Let's celebrate our arrival in heaven by singing that wonderful hymn "When We All Get to Heaven":
Sing the wondrous love of Jesus, Sing His mercy and His grace;
In the mansions bright and blessed He'll prepare for us a place.

Let us then be true and faithful, Trusting, serving eve'ry day;
Just one glimpse of Him in glory Will the toils of life repay.

Onward to the prize before us, Soon His beauty we'll behold;
Soon the pearly gates will open, We shall tread the streets of gold.
Refrain
When we all get to heaven, What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus, We'll sing and shout the victory.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 

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