Devotional Reading for June 19, 2021

Psalms 98-103 (The Daily Walk Bible).

If you ever need reasons to praise God these Psalms have them! Psalm 100 has one of my favorite verses about the nature of God and why we should praise Him: “For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.”

Psalm 101 is a great reminder of how we are supposed to live as God’s children. Keep your heart pure. Stay away from evil and those who practice it. Be a help to believers.

Messianic passages quoted in the NT:

Psalm 102:25-27 is quoted in Hebrews 1:10-12.

Devotional Reading for June 18, 2021

Psalms 90-97 (The Daily Walk Bible).

What a reminder for us! No matter where we are, where we live, what family we have, God is really our home (Psalm 99:1)!

Did you catch the superscription for Psalm 92? “A Psalm to be sung on the Lord’s Day.” You can see why when you read through it!

For worship (based on Psalm 95):

Messianic passages quoted in the New Testament: Psalm 97:7 (Hebrews 1:6).

Sermon Outline for 6/13/21 (Radio Broadcast 6/20/21) — “Running the Race to Win!”

Running the Race to Win!
Galatians 5:7-12

I) The Christian life is like a _______

II) In order to run well we have to have correct _________

     A) It was a characteristic of the early __________

     B) Wrong doctrine can lead you _________ from a correct 
        understanding of grace

     C) __________ teachers have been a problem for the last 2000 

III) Some will try to make us ___________ by their false doctrine

IV) Even the smallest bit of __________ can drastically affect us

V) If we stumble and fall away from the truth, it’s our own ________!

VI) Why doesn’t God keep us from ___________?

     A) God allows us to be __________

     B) He never allows us to be tested more than we can ________

     C) He has a definite ___________ in mind for us when we are 

VII) Some will accuse of ___________ (hypocrisy). Do your best to make sure they aren’t right!

VIII) Those who try to interfere with our race deserve to be _________________

IX) Paul assumes that any issues will be _______________ for true believers

Devotional Reading for June 17, 2021

Psalms 84-89 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Wow! Lots of great stuff here. But lets focus on one verse…Psalm 85:10.

“Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.”

This verse is found in the context of God’s blessing and His salvation, so it should remind us of the cross. The cross fulfills God’s holiness (which demands punishment for sin), and provides peace (between us and God). Righteousness and peace kiss on the cross because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ! Unfailing love (providing forgiveness) and truth (the need for sin to be punished) is just another way of expressing the same idea.

Aren’t you thankful for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross?!?!?!

Devotional Reading for June 16, 2021

Psalms 78-83 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Psalm 78:2 “I will teach you hidden lessons from our past…”

I still remember a cross country vacation that I took 13 years ago. Our son began to ask my wife and I some very uncomfortable questions about our past. We answered completely honestly, because we wanted to help him understand both the good and bad decisions that we had made.

Here Asaph reminds the nation of their past, and he doesn’t skip over the bad spots. He is brutal, and details all the ways that they had failed God, even while reminding them of God’s providential care over them in spite of their failures!

I sometimes wonder if we talk enough to our children and grandchildren about our own walks with God, and I worry that even if we do we don’t talk about our own mistakes. My wife once asked one of her Christian relatives if there were any lessons she could teach us (negative or positive) from her walk with God. She ended up bursting into tears and claiming that she had always done what God wanted!

Perhaps one of the most underrated aspects of Scripture is how it is willing to throw its own heroes under the bus! And it’s all done for us to learn how to be better in our own lives. Shouldn’t we endeavor to use the same methodology with our families regarding our own history with God? Or are we so insecure that we can’t stand a little self criticism?

1 Corinthians 10:9-11 “We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.”

Messianic passages in the Psalms:

Psalm 78:2 is quoted in Matthew 13:35.

Psalms 78:24 is quoted in John 6:31.

Devotional Reading for June 15, 2021

Psalms 73-77 (The Daily Walk Bible).

The entire book of Proverbs reminds us of the benefits of living a godly life. It reminds us that when we live righteously we are much more likely to have blessed lives. The opposite is also true: when we live ungodly lives we are more likely to get into trouble!

Unfortunately sometimes we do what is right and we end up having difficulties, while we see others do what is wrong and they end up having wonderful lives. Prophets and philosophers have often wondered about this conundrum. Asaph does here, and we end up being reminded of an important truth: this life is not all that there is. Even if we see some people getting away with evil now it doesn’t mean that they are going to get off scot-free for all eternity.

Psalm 73:16-20 “But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end. Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin. How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors! Their present life is only a dream that is gone when they awake. When you arise, O Lord, you will make them vanish from this life.”

Which is why we can’t let some things in this world get us down. We will have our reward, and the wicked will be punished; we may just have to wait a little while. Asaph says it best:

Psalm 73:21-24 “When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you. Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.”

Devotional Reading for June 13, 2021

Psalms 67-72 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Psalm 72 is one of two Psalms identified as being written by Solomon. In it he asks for the king (himself!) to be blessed by God, but not just for riches and long life. He wants to defend the poor, be a righteous judge, and rescue the oppressed. Solomon’s hope was that this would be a worldwide reign (“may all the nations be blessed through him” – 72:17). In response, the people were to bless the Lord God who alone does wonderful things! Solomon achieved much in his lifetime, but fell short of a worldwide reign of justice and righteousness. But his Psalm becomes a prediction of the coming righteous and magnificent reign of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

There are many Messianic references in this section, particularly in Psalm 69!

Psalm 68:18 is quoted in Ephesians 4:8.

Psalm 69:4 is quoted in John 15:25.

Psalm 69:9 is quoted in John 2:17 and Romans 15:3.

Psalm 69:21 is quoted in Matthew 27:34 and John 19:28-29.

Psalm 69:22-23 is quoted in Romans 11:9-10.

Psalm 69:25 is quoted in Acts 1:20.

Devotional Reading for June 12, 2021

Psalm 60-66 (The Daily Walk Bible).

In Psalm 60’s superscription it says “useful for teaching.” This should help us to recognize the importance of songs, prayers, and the others parts of our worship service. We should do our best to make sure that all parts of our service are doctrinally correct and “useful for teaching.”