Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

9 December 2017 Verse of the Day

A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God.  (Deuteronomy 22:5 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

I Will Sing of the Steadfast Love of the Lord
Psa 89:1-52  A maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite. I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.  (2)  I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.  (3)  You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant,  (4)  ‘I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations.'”  (5)  The heavens praise your wonders, LORD, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.  (6)  For who in the skies above can compare with the LORD? Who is like the LORD among the heavenly beings?  (7)  In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; he is more awesome than all who surround him.  (8)  Who is like you, LORD God Almighty? You, LORD, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.  (9)  You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them.  (10)  You crushed Rahab like one of the slain; with your strong arm you scattered your enemies.  (11)  The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it.  (12)  You created the north and the south; Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name.  (13)  Your arm is endowed with power; your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.  (14)  Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.  (15)  Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, LORD.  (16)  They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness.  (17)  For you are their glory and strength, and by your favor you exalt our horn.  (18)  Indeed, our shield belongs to the LORD, our king to the Holy One of Israel.  (19)  Once you spoke in a vision, to your faithful people you said: “I have bestowed strength on a warrior; I have raised up a young man from among the people.  (20)  I have found David my servant; with my sacred oil I have anointed him.  (21)  My hand will sustain him; surely my arm will strengthen him.  (22)  The enemy will not get the better of him; the wicked will not oppress him.  (23)  I will crush his foes before him and strike down his adversaries.  (24)  My faithful love will be with him, and through my name his horn will be exalted.  (25)  I will set his hand over the sea, his right hand over the rivers.  (26)  He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior.’  (27)  And I will appoint him to be my firstborn, the most exalted of the kings of the earth.  (28)  I will maintain my love to him forever, and my covenant with him will never fail.  (29)  I will establish his line forever, his throne as long as the heavens endure.  (30)  “If his sons forsake my law and do not follow my statutes,  (31)  if they violate my decrees and fail to keep my commands,  (32)  I will punish their sin with the rod, their iniquity with flogging;  (33)  but I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness.  (34)  I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered.  (35)  Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness— and I will not lie to David—  (36)  that his line will continue forever and his throne endure before me like the sun;  (37)  it will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky.”  (38)  But you have rejected, you have spurned, you have been very angry with your anointed one.  (39)  You have renounced the covenant with your servant and have defiled his crown in the dust.  (40)  You have broken through all his walls and reduced his strongholds to ruins.  (41)  All who pass by have plundered him; he has become the scorn of his neighbors.  (42)  You have exalted the right hand of his foes; you have made all his enemies rejoice.  (43)  Indeed, you have turned back the edge of his sword and have not supported him in battle.  (44)  You have put an end to his splendor and cast his throne to the ground.  (45)  You have cut short the days of his youth; you have covered him with a mantle of shame.  (46)  How long, LORD? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your wrath burn like fire?  (47)  Remember how fleeting is my life. For what futility you have created all humanity!  (48)  Who can live and not see death, or who can escape the power of the grave?  (49)  Lord, where is your former great love, which in your faithfulness you swore to David?  (50)  Remember, Lord, how your servant has been mocked, how I bear in my heart the taunts of all the nations,  (51)  the taunts with which your enemies, LORD, have mocked, with which they have mocked every step of your anointed one.  (52)  Praise be to the LORD forever! Amen and Amen.
 
From Everlasting to Everlasting
Psa 90:1-17  A prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.  (2)  Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.  (3)  You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”  (4)  A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.  (5)  Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death— they are like the new grass of the morning:  (6)  In the morning it springs up new, but by evening it is dry and withered.  (7)  We are consumed by your anger and terrified by your indignation.  (8)  You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.  (9)  All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan.  (10)  Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.  (11)  If only we knew the power of your anger! Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due.  (12)  Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.  (13)  Relent, LORD! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants.  (14)  Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.  (15)  Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble.  (16)  May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children.  (17)  May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



8 December 2017 Verse of the Day

As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.  (Ecclesiastes 5:15 KJV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Glorious Things of You Are Spoken
Psa 87:1-7  Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. A song. He has founded his city on the holy mountain.  (2)  The LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.  (3)  Glorious things are said of you, city of God:  (4)  “I will record Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge me— Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush— and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.'”  (5)  Indeed, of Zion it will be said, “This one and that one were born in her, and the Most High himself will establish her.”  (6)  The LORD will write in the register of the peoples: “This one was born in Zion.”  (7)  As they make music they will sing, “All my fountains are in you.”
 
I Cry Out Day and Night Before You
Psa 88:1-18  A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. For the director of music. According to mahalath leannoth. A maskil of Heman the Ezrahite. LORD, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you.  (2)  May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.  (3)  I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death.  (4)  I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like one without strength.  (5)  I am set apart with the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more, who are cut off from your care.  (6)  You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths.  (7)  Your wrath lies heavily on me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.  (8)  You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape;  (9)  my eyes are dim with grief. I call to you, LORD, every day; I spread out my hands to you.  (10)  Do you show your wonders to the dead? Do their spirits rise up and praise you?  (11)  Is your love declared in the grave, your faithfulness in Destruction?  (12)  Are your wonders known in the place of darkness, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?  (13)  But I cry to you for help, LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you.  (14)  Why, LORD, do you reject me and hide your face from me?  (15)  From my youth I have suffered and been close to death; I have borne your terrors and am in despair.  (16)  Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me.  (17)  All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me.  (18)  You have taken from me friend and neighbor— darkness is my closest friend.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



7 December 2017 Verse of the Day

Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her who bore you rejoice.  (Proverbs 23:25 NKJV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Revive Us Again
Psa 85:1-13  For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. You, LORD, showed favor to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.  (2)  You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins.  (3)  You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger.  (4)  Restore us again, God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us.  (5)  Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger through all generations?  (6)  Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?  (7)  Show us your unfailing love, LORD, and grant us your salvation.  (8)  I will listen to what God the LORD says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants— but let them not turn to folly.  (9)  Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.  (10)  Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.  (11)  Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven.  (12)  The LORD will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest.  (13)  Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.
 
Great Is Your Steadfast Love
Psa 86:1-17  A prayer of David. Hear me, LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.  (2)  Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God;  (3)  have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to you all day long.  (4)  Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you.  (5)  You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.  (6)  Hear my prayer, LORD; listen to my cry for mercy.  (7)  When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.  (8)  Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours.  (9)  All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name.  (10)  For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.  (11)  Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.  (12)  I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.  (13)  For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead.  (14)  Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God; ruthless people are trying to kill me— they have no regard for you.  (15)  But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.  (16)  Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength in behalf of your servant; save me, because I serve you just as my mother did.  (17)  Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



6 December 2017 Verse of the Day

Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.  (Psalms 22:11 KJV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

O God, Do Not Keep Silence
Psa 83:1-18  A song. A psalm of Asaph. O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God.  (2)  See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads.  (3)  With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.  (4)  “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.”  (5)  With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you—  (6)  the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites,  (7)  Byblos, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre.  (8)  Even Assyria has joined them to reinforce Lot’s descendants.  (9)  Do to them as you did to Midian, as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,  (10)  who perished at Endor and became like dung on the ground.  (11)  Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,  (12)  who said, “Let us take possession of the pasturelands of God.”  (13)  Make them like tumbleweed, my God, like chaff before the wind.  (14)  As fire consumes the forest or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,  (15)  so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm.  (16)  Cover their faces with shame, LORD, so that they will seek your name.  (17)  May they ever be ashamed and dismayed; may they perish in disgrace.  (18)  Let them know that you, whose name is the LORD— that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.
 
My Soul Longs for the Courts of the Lord
Psa 84:1-12  For the director of music. According to gittith. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty!  (2)  My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.  (3)  Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young— a place near your altar, LORD Almighty, my King and my God.  (4)  Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.  (5)  Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.  (6)  As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.  (7)  They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.  (8)  Hear my prayer, LORD God Almighty; listen to me, God of Jacob.  (9)  Look on our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one.  (10)  Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.  (11)  For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.  (12)  LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



5 December 2017 Verse of the Day

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.  (Exodus 20:12 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Oh, That My People Would Listen to Me
Psa 81:1-16  For the director of music. According to gittith. Of Asaph. Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!  (2)  Begin the music, strike the timbrel, play the melodious harp and lyre.  (3)  Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival;  (4)  this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.  (5)  When God went out against Egypt, he established it as a statute for Joseph. I heard an unknown voice say:  (6)  “I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket.  (7)  In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah.  (8)  Hear me, my people, and I will warn you— if you would only listen to me, Israel!  (9)  You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me.  (10)  I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.  (11)  “But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me.  (12)  So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.  (13)  “If my people would only listen to me, if Israel would only follow my ways,  (14)  how quickly I would subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes!  (15)  Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever.  (16)  But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”
 
Rescue the Weak and Needy
Psa 82:1-8  A psalm of Asaph. God presides in the great assembly; he renders judgment among the “gods”:  (2)  “How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?  (3)  Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.  (4)  Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.  (5)  “The ‘gods’ know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.  (6)  “I said, ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’  (7)  But you will die like mere mortals; you will fall like every other ruler.”  (8)  Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



4 December 2017 Verse of the Day

“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  (John 3:18 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

How Long, O Lord?
Psa 79:1-13  A psalm of Asaph. O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple, they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble.  (2)  They have left the dead bodies of your servants as food for the birds of the sky, the flesh of your own people for the animals of the wild.  (3)  They have poured out blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there is no one to bury the dead.  (4)  We are objects of contempt to our neighbors, of scorn and derision to those around us.  (5)  How long, LORD? Will you be angry forever? How long will your jealousy burn like fire?  (6)  Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the kingdoms that do not call on your name;  (7)  for they have devoured Jacob and devastated his homeland.  (8)  Do not hold against us the sins of past generations; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need.  (9)  Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake.  (10)  Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Before our eyes, make known among the nations that you avenge the outpoured blood of your servants.  (11)  May the groans of the prisoners come before you; with your strong arm preserve those condemned to die.  (12)  Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.  (13)  Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will praise you forever; from generation to generation we will proclaim your praise.
 
Restore Us, O God
Psa 80:1-19  For the director of music. To the tune of “The Lilies of the Covenant.” Of Asaph. A psalm. Hear us, Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth  (2)  before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh. Awaken your might; come and save us.  (3)  Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.  (4)  How long, LORD God Almighty, will your anger smolder against the prayers of your people?  (5)  You have fed them with the bread of tears; you have made them drink tears by the bowlful.  (6)  You have made us an object of derision to our neighbors, and our enemies mock us.  (7)  Restore us, God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.  (8)  You transplanted a vine from Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.  (9)  You cleared the ground for it, and it took root and filled the land.  (10)  The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches.  (11)  Its branches reached as far as the Sea, its shoots as far as the River.  (12)  Why have you broken down its walls so that all who pass by pick its grapes?  (13)  Boars from the forest ravage it, and insects from the fields feed on it.  (14)  Return to us, God Almighty! Look down from heaven and see! Watch over this vine,  (15)  the root your right hand has planted, the son you have raised up for yourself.  (16)  Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire; at your rebuke your people perish.  (17)  Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand, the son of man you have raised up for yourself.  (18)  Then we will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name.  (19)  Restore us, LORD God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


3 December 2017 Verse of the Day

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.  (Psalms 84:10 NIV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

In the Day of Trouble I Seek the Lord
Psa 77:1-20  For the director of music. For Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm. I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me.  (2)  When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted.  (3)  I remembered you, God, and I groaned; I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.  (4)  You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak.  (5)  I thought about the former days, the years of long ago;  (6)  I remembered my songs in the night. My heart meditated and my spirit asked:  (7)  “Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again?  (8)  Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time?  (9)  Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”  (10)  Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.  (11)  I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.  (12)  I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”  (13)  Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God?  (14)  You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.  (15)  With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.  (16)  The waters saw you, God, the waters saw you and writhed; the very depths were convulsed.  (17)  The clouds poured down water, the heavens resounded with thunder; your arrows flashed back and forth.  (18)  Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind, your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and quaked.  (19)  Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.  (20)  You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
 
Tell the Coming Generation
Psa 78:1-72  A maskil of Asaph. My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.  (2)  I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old—  (3)  things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us.  (4)  We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.  (5)  He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children,  (6)  so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.  (7)  Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.  (8)  They would not be like their ancestors— a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.  (9)  The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle;  (10)  they did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his law.  (11)  They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them.  (12)  He did miracles in the sight of their ancestors in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan.  (13)  He divided the sea and led them through; he made the water stand up like a wall.  (14)  He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night.  (15)  He split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them water as abundant as the seas;  (16)  he brought streams out of a rocky crag and made water flow down like rivers.  (17)  But they continued to sin against him, rebelling in the wilderness against the Most High.  (18)  They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved.  (19)  They spoke against God; they said, “Can God really spread a table in the wilderness?  (20)  True, he struck the rock, and water gushed out, streams flowed abundantly, but can he also give us bread? Can he supply meat for his people?”  (21)  When the LORD heard them, he was furious; his fire broke out against Jacob, and his wrath rose against Israel,  (22)  for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance.  (23)  Yet he gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens;  (24)  he rained down manna for the people to eat, he gave them the grain of heaven.  (25)  Human beings ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat.  (26)  He let loose the east wind from the heavens and by his power made the south wind blow.  (27)  He rained meat down on them like dust, birds like sand on the seashore.  (28)  He made them come down inside their camp, all around their tents.  (29)  They ate till they were gorged— he had given them what they craved.  (30)  But before they turned from what they craved, even while the food was still in their mouths,  (31)  God’s anger rose against them; he put to death the sturdiest among them, cutting down the young men of Israel.  (32)  In spite of all this, they kept on sinning; in spite of his wonders, they did not believe.  (33)  So he ended their days in futility and their years in terror.  (34)  Whenever God slew them, they would seek him; they eagerly turned to him again.  (35)  They remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer.  (36)  But then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues;  (37)  their hearts were not loyal to him, they were not faithful to his covenant.  (38)  Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath.  (39)  He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.  (40)  How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved him in the wasteland!  (41)  Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel.  (42)  They did not remember his power— the day he redeemed them from the oppressor,  (43)  the day he displayed his signs in Egypt, his wonders in the region of Zoan.  (44)  He turned their river into blood; they could not drink from their streams.  (45)  He sent swarms of flies that devoured them, and frogs that devastated them.  (46)  He gave their crops to the grasshopper, their produce to the locust.  (47)  He destroyed their vines with hail and their sycamore-figs with sleet.  (48)  He gave over their cattle to the hail, their livestock to bolts of lightning.  (49)  He unleashed against them his hot anger, his wrath, indignation and hostility— a band of destroying angels.  (50)  He prepared a path for his anger; he did not spare them from death but gave them over to the plague.  (51)  He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt, the firstfruits of manhood in the tents of Ham.  (52)  But he brought his people out like a flock; he led them like sheep through the wilderness.  (53)  He guided them safely, so they were unafraid; but the sea engulfed their enemies.  (54)  And so he brought them to the border of his holy land, to the hill country his right hand had taken.  (55)  He drove out nations before them and allotted their lands to them as an inheritance; he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes.  (56)  But they put God to the test and rebelled against the Most High; they did not keep his statutes.  (57)  Like their ancestors they were disloyal and faithless, as unreliable as a faulty bow.  (58)  They angered him with their high places; they aroused his jealousy with their idols.  (59)  When God heard them, he was furious; he rejected Israel completely.  (60)  He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent he had set up among humans.  (61)  He sent the ark of his might into captivity, his splendor into the hands of the enemy.  (62)  He gave his people over to the sword; he was furious with his inheritance.  (63)  Fire consumed their young men, and their young women had no wedding songs;  (64)  their priests were put to the sword, and their widows could not weep.  (65)  Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, as a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine.  (66)  He beat back his enemies; he put them to everlasting shame.  (67)  Then he rejected the tents of Joseph, he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;  (68)  but he chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which he loved.  (69)  He built his sanctuary like the heights, like the earth that he established forever.  (70)  He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens;  (71)  from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance.  (72)  And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


2 December 2017 Verse of the Day

Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”  (Galatians 4:6 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

God Will Judge with Equity
Psa 75:1-10  For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth. A Psalm of Asaph, a Song. We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks, For Your name is near; Men declare Your wondrous works.  (2)  “When I select an appointed time, It is I who judge with equity.  (3)  “The earth and all who dwell in it melt; It is I who have firmly set its pillars. Selah.  (4)  “I said to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’ And to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up the horn;  (5)  Do not lift up your horn on high, Do not speak with insolent pride.'”  (6)  For not from the east, nor from the west, Nor from the desert comes exaltation;  (7)  But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another.  (8)  For a cup is in the hand of the LORD, and the wine foams; It is well mixed, and He pours out of this; Surely all the wicked of the earth must drain and drink down its dregs.  (9)  But as for me, I will declare it forever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.  (10)  And all the horns of the wicked He will cut off, But the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.
 
Who Can Stand Before You?
Psa 76:1-12  For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph, a Song. God is known in Judah; His name is great in Israel.  (2)  His tabernacle is in Salem; His dwelling place also is in Zion.  (3)  There He broke the flaming arrows, The shield and the sword and the weapons of war. Selah.  (4)  You are resplendent, More majestic than the mountains of prey.  (5)  The stouthearted were plundered, They sank into sleep; And none of the warriors could use his hands.  (6)  At Your rebuke, O God of Jacob, Both rider and horse were cast into a dead sleep.  (7)  You, even You, are to be feared; And who may stand in Your presence when once You are angry?  (8)  You caused judgment to be heard from heaven; The earth feared and was still  (9)  When God arose to judgment, To save all the humble of the earth. Selah.  (10)  For the wrath of man shall praise You; With a remnant of wrath You will gird Yourself.  (11)  Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them; Let all who are around Him bring gifts to Him who is to be feared.  (12)  He will cut off the spirit of princes; He is feared by the kings of the earth.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


1 December 2017 Verse of the Day

But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;  (Acts 16:25 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

God Is My Strength and Portion Forever
Psa 73:1-28  A Psalm of Asaph. Surely God is good to Israel, To those who are pure in heart!  (2)  But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling, My steps had almost slipped.  (3)  For I was envious of the arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.  (4)  For there are no pains in their death, And their body is fat.  (5)  They are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like mankind.  (6)  Therefore pride is their necklace; The garment of violence covers them.  (7)  Their eye bulges from fatness; The imaginations of their heart run riot.  (8)  They mock and wickedly speak of oppression; They speak from on high.  (9)  They have set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue parades through the earth.  (10)  Therefore his people return to this place, And waters of abundance are drunk by them.  (11)  They say, “How does God know? And is there knowledge with the Most High?”  (12)  Behold, these are the wicked; And always at ease, they have increased in wealth.  (13)  Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure And washed my hands in innocence;  (14)  For I have been stricken all day long And chastened every morning.  (15)  If I had said, “I will speak thus,” Behold, I would have betrayed the generation of Your children.  (16)  When I pondered to understand this, It was troublesome in my sight  (17)  Until I came into the sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end.  (18)  Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.  (19)  How they are destroyed in a moment! They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors!  (20)  Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when aroused, You will despise their form.  (21)  When my heart was embittered And I was pierced within,  (22)  Then I was senseless and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.  (23)  Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand.  (24)  With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory.  (25)  Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.  (26)  My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.  (27)  For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You.  (28)  But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.
 
Arise, O God, Defend Your Cause
Psa 74:1-23  A Maskil of Asaph. O God, why have You rejected us forever? Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture?  (2)  Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old, Which You have redeemed to be the tribe of Your inheritance; And this Mount Zion, where You have dwelt.  (3)  Turn Your footsteps toward the perpetual ruins; The enemy has damaged everything within the sanctuary.  (4)  Your adversaries have roared in the midst of Your meeting place; They have set up their own standards for signs.  (5)  It seems as if one had lifted up His axe in a forest of trees.  (6)  And now all its carved work They smash with hatchet and hammers.  (7)  They have burned Your sanctuary to the ground; They have defiled the dwelling place of Your name.  (8)  They said in their heart, “Let us completely subdue them.” They have burned all the meeting places of God in the land.  (9)  We do not see our signs; There is no longer any prophet, Nor is there any among us who knows how long.  (10)  How long, O God, will the adversary revile, And the enemy spurn Your name forever?  (11)  Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand? From within Your bosom, destroy them!  (12)  Yet God is my king from of old, Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth.  (13)  You divided the sea by Your strength; You broke the heads of the sea monsters in the waters.  (14)  You crushed the heads of Leviathan; You gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.  (15)  You broke open springs and torrents; You dried up ever-flowing streams.  (16)  Yours is the day, Yours also is the night; You have prepared the light and the sun.  (17)  You have established all the boundaries of the earth; You have made summer and winter.  (18)  Remember this, O LORD, that the enemy has reviled, And a foolish people has spurned Your name.  (19)  Do not deliver the soul of Your turtledove to the wild beast; Do not forget the life of Your afflicted forever.  (20)  Consider the covenant; For the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.  (21)  Let not the oppressed return dishonored; Let the afflicted and needy praise Your name.  (22)  Arise, O God, and plead Your own cause; Remember how the foolish man reproaches You all day long.  (23)  Do not forget the voice of Your adversaries, The uproar of those who rise against You which ascends continually.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


30 November 2017 Verse of the Day

and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”  (Revelation 21:4 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Forsake Me Not When My Strength Is Spent
Psa 71:1-24  In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed.  (2)  In Your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; Incline Your ear to me and save me.  (3)  Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come; You have given commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress.  (4)  Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, Out of the grasp of the wrongdoer and ruthless man,  (5)  For You are my hope; O Lord GOD, You are my confidence from my youth.  (6)  By You I have been sustained from my birth; You are He who took me from my mother’s womb; My praise is continually of You.  (7)  I have become a marvel to many, For You are my strong refuge.  (8)  My mouth is filled with Your praise And with Your glory all day long.  (9)  Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails.  (10)  For my enemies have spoken against me; And those who watch for my life have consulted together,  (11)  Saying, “God has forsaken him; Pursue and seize him, for there is no one to deliver.”  (12)  O God, do not be far from me; O my God, hasten to my help!  (13)  Let those who are adversaries of my soul be ashamed and consumed; Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor, who seek to injure me.  (14)  But as for me, I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more.  (15)  My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And of Your salvation all day long; For I do not know the sum of them.  (16)  I will come with the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, Yours alone.  (17)  O God, You have taught me from my youth, And I still declare Your wondrous deeds.  (18)  And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come.  (19)  For Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You?  (20)  You who have shown me many troubles and distresses Will revive me again, And will bring me up again from the depths of the earth.  (21)  May You increase my greatness And turn to comfort me.  (22)  I will also praise You with a harp, Even Your truth, O my God; To You I will sing praises with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.  (23)  My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You; And my soul, which You have redeemed.  (24)  My tongue also will utter Your righteousness all day long; For they are ashamed, for they are humiliated who seek my hurt.
 
Give the King Your Justice
Psa 72:1-20  A Psalm of Solomon. Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king’s son.  (2)  May he judge Your people with righteousness And Your afflicted with justice.  (3)  Let the mountains bring peace to the people, And the hills, in righteousness.  (4)  May he vindicate the afflicted of the people, Save the children of the needy And crush the oppressor.  (5)  Let them fear You while the sun endures, And as long as the moon, throughout all generations.  (6)  May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, Like showers that water the earth.  (7)  In his days may the righteous flourish, And abundance of peace till the moon is no more.  (8)  May he also rule from sea to sea And from the River to the ends of the earth.  (9)  Let the nomads of the desert bow before him, And his enemies lick the dust.  (10)  Let the kings of Tarshish and of the islands bring presents; The kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts.  (11)  And let all kings bow down before him, All nations serve him.  (12)  For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help, The afflicted also, and him who has no helper.  (13)  He will have compassion on the poor and needy, And the lives of the needy he will save.  (14)  He will rescue their life from oppression and violence, And their blood will be precious in his sight;  (15)  So may he live, and may the gold of Sheba be given to him; And let them pray for him continually; Let them bless him all day long.  (16)  May there be abundance of grain in the earth on top of the mountains; Its fruit will wave like the cedars of Lebanon; And may those from the city flourish like vegetation of the earth.  (17)  May his name endure forever; May his name increase as long as the sun shines; And let men bless themselves by him; Let all nations call him blessed.  (18)  Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders.  (19)  And blessed be His glorious name forever; And may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen.  (20)  The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 



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