Monday: The Fear of the Lord Is the Beginning

Theme: When God Decides to Act

In this week’s lessons, God is displayed as the righteous Judge who demonstrates his wrath toward sinners, but mercy toward his chosen people.

Scripture: Psalm 76:1-12

It is not always possible to find a reason for the psalms being placed where they are in the Psalter, but in this case Psalm 76 follows the former psalm nicely. In fact, there are links between Psalms 74, 75 and 76. Psalm 74 looks on the violence and injustice that are in the world and asks the Lord to intervene. In Psalm 75 God speaks to say that in “the appointed time” he will act both to strike down the arrogant and to lift up the meek and afflicted. Psalm 76, the one we are to study now, celebrates a dramatic incident in which God did exactly that, utterly destroying Israel's enemies.

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That is Revival

Revival, for Martyn Lloyd-Jones, was real and powerful. The two primary characteristics of revivals throughout the history of the church are an “extraordinary enlivening of the members of the church” and “the conversion of masses of people.”

Writing a foreword for his friend Philip Hughes in 1947, Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, “There is no subject which is of greater importance to the Christian church at the present time than that of revival. It should be the theme of our constant meditation, preaching and prayers."1 He described his daily prayer for revival as “an unusual and single manifestation of God’s power through the Holy Spirit."2

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Friday: Our God Reigns

Theme: The Psalmist’s Testimony and Ours

In this week’s lessons, we are reminded that God is sovereign over all things, and he will execute justice and judgment in his own time.

Scripture: Psalm 75:1-10

The very last verses of Psalm 75 contain a testimony agreeing with all the psalm has been teaching (vv. 9, 10). I take them to be the testimony of the individual, indicated by the pronoun “I” occurring twice in verse 9 and a third time in verse 10. By reciting them, you or I or anyone else can add his or her testimony to these truths.

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Thursday: Our God Reigns

Theme: The Cup of God’s Wrath

In this week’s lessons, we are reminded that God is sovereign over all things, and he will execute justice and judgment in his own time.

Scripture: Psalm 75:1-10

God's assurance of the righteous and his warnings to the wicked would seem to be sufficient in themselves. But preachers always seem to like to have the last word, even with God, and Psalm 75 is an example. God has spoken (in vv. 2-5). But now the preacher or priest adds his observations and applications to God's teaching (vv. 6-8).

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Revoice and God's Design for the Family

On the possibility of valuing the family more than God does...

If you are a regular reader of this blog then you have probably read my previous piece on the Revoice conference. Revoice has been the source of great division in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), the denomination in which I serve. That is because although Nate Collins, the conference organizer is a Southern Baptist, the church which hosted the conference belongs to the PCA and several of the speakers are office holders in the PCA.

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Wednesday: Our God Reigns

Theme: Words to the Righteous and the Wicked

In this week’s lessons, we are reminded that God is sovereign over all things, and he will execute justice and judgment in his own time.

Scripture: Psalm 75:1-10

It is not entirely clear from the Hebrew text how much of the following is spoken by God or at what point the writer breaks in to give his own personal comment or reflection of God's words. The New International Version makes as good a judgment as any when it puts verses 2-5 together as being spoken in one way or another by God. But they fall into two parts. In the first two verses (vv. 2, 3) God speaks to assure the righteous. These words concern the nature of God's judgments. In the next two verses (vv. 4, 5) God addresses the wicked to warn them about their evil actions.

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Tuesday: Our God Reigns

Theme: Giving Thanks

In this week’s lessons, we are reminded that God is sovereign over all things, and he will execute justice and judgment in his own time.

Scripture: Psalm 75:1-10

It is natural for the people of God to give God thanks, for there are innumerable blessings for which thanks is due. But here, in verse 1, thanks is given to God for just one thing, and that is that the “Name [of God] is near.” The “Name” stands for God himself; so “your Name is near” means that God is near. He is never far away; he is always at hand.

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Monday: Our God Reigns

Theme: The God Who Brings Down and Lifts Up

In this week’s lessons, we are reminded that God is sovereign over all things, and he will execute justice and judgment in his own time.

Scripture: Psalm 75:1-10

Psalm 75 is also a psalm of faith in God's just rule and judgment, but it comes at this subject from an entirely different point of view. There is no questioning, chaffing, struggle or envy in this psalm. On the contrary, although the psalmist knows that God’s way of ruling the universe is often puzzling to us and that his judgments often seem delayed, God nevertheless is near, his judgments are timely, and the wicked will eventually be punished in full for the evil they have done.

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Friday: Prayer amid the Ruins of Jerusalem

Theme: Pleading for God to Act

In this week’s lessons we see the need for continual trust and worship, even during times of trouble and uncertainty.

Scripture: Psalm 74:1-23

Because God is in charge and because he has acted in the past, why should he not also act powerfully in the present to deliver and restore his people? This is where the psalm has been heading, and it is the question with which it ends. Verses 18-23 voice this final urgent plea.

Because God is in charge and because he has acted in the past, why should he not also act powerfully in the present to deliver and restore his people? This is where the psalm has been heading, and it is the question with which it ends. Verses 18-23 voice this final urgent plea.

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Thursday: Prayer amid the Ruins of Jerusalem

Theme: The Sovereign God

In this week’s lessons we see the need for continual trust and worship, even during times of trouble and uncertainty.

Scripture: Psalm 74:1-23

At the end of the previous stanza the psalmist addressed himself to God, protesting that the offenses he saw were directed not so much against himself and his people, but against God. In their wanton destruction of the temple, Israel's enemies were actually mocking God. This led him to think how great the God of Israel, whom they are mocking, really is (vv. 12-17), and this started him on the uphill path mentioned yesterday. Earlier he had asked God to remember Israel; here he himself remembers God.

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