Issue #623 ~August 3, 2020

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The Discipline of Death
"Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow of your hand."
Psalm 39:10

"You rebuke and discipline men for their sin; you consume their wealth like a moth - each man is but a breath. Selah"
Psalm 39:11

Verse 10: "Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow of your hand."

Eugene Peterson paraphrases verse 10 very briefly: "But I can't take it much longer."

David sounds like Job: "What is man that you make so much of him, that you give him so much attention, that you examine him every morning and test him every moment? Will you never look away from me, or let me alone even for an instant? If I have sinned, what have I done to you, O watcher of men? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you? Why do you not pardon my offenses and forgive my sins? For I will soon lie down in the dust; you will search for me, but I will be no more" (Job 7:17-21) NIV.

Don Wyrtzen prays: "Lord, no matter how dark and grave my circumstances become, help me to affirm my faith and trust in You. And I trust You to make music even out of the disharmony of my life.
Verse 11: "You rebuke and discipline men for their sin; you consume their wealth like a moth - each man is but a breath. Selah"

Dan and Dave Davidson say: "Now I see why life is a like a finish line; there comes a time in the end to shine." ( Now I See Why Life Is Like an Olympic Dream , 153)

Peterson paraphrases this verse: "When you put us through the fire to purge us from our sin, our dearest idols go up in smoke. Are we also nothing but smoke?

Through this purifying experience David has gained a new perspective. His priorities will change as a result of it. He sees God's discipline behind all his suffering because of his transgressions. He has received a dose of reality.

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.   Pray:  Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also may be fearful of sinning. 1 Timothy 5:20 (NASB)

2.   Pray: O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. For your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down upon me. Psalm 38:1, 2 (NIV)

3.   Pray: It is better to heed a wise man's rebuke than to listen to the song of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:5 (NIV)

4.   Praise:   Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice! Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 (NASB)


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.

Let's celebrate heaven this morning by singing "He the Pearly Gates Will Open":

Love Divine, so great and wondrous, Deep and mighty, pure, sublime!
Coming from the heart of Jesus, Just the same thro' tests of time.

In life's eventide, a twilight, At His door I'll knock and wait;
By the precious love of Jesus I shall enter heaven's gate.
He the pearly gates will open,
So that I may enter in;
For He purchased my redemption
And forgave me all my sin.
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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