May 27. Psalms of Praise; Prayer for Survival

Ps. 40:1-41:13; 55:1-23

“I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me…” Generally speaking, man is an impatient being. God’s existence however is timeless. Many times one feels that he has been forgotten, but God never forgets. Man’s requests will be fulfilled according to God’s time table and will. The man that trusts in the Lord shall be blessed. David prayed that God would continue to deliver him from his enemies and from his own weaknesses.

Care for the poor has been stressed many times in God’s word. Harvesters under the law of Moses were required to leave portions of their grain in the field for the poor to come in and glean. The psalmist stated various blessings that the Lord would bestow upon one who helps the poor. He then lamented over those who had done evil against him. David closed the psalm with praise for God’s protection.

One of the deepest wounds that a person can suffer is the betrayal of a friend. David had suffered that injury many times. The hatred of Saul and the treason of his own son, Absalom were two of those incidents. His life was in constant peril. He poured out his fears before the Lord and prayed for His salvation. His prayers were constant—evening, morning and noon. David concluded his psalm with the confidence that God would sustain him and bring his enemies “down to the pit of destruction…But I will trust in You.”

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I choose faithfulness: Psalm 119.30

“I choose the path of faithfulness; I am committed to your regulations.”

Psalm 119.30

Early in this acrostic psalm about the word of God, the writer focuses on his need to choose faithfulness to God’s law and commitment to his ordenances.

The new covenant requires the same choice of following Christ faithfully and commitment to the Lord’s commandments. His Word is central to our faith.

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May 26. Voice of Wisdom; Plea for Forgiveness

Ps. 37:1-38:22

This psalm of David made a bold contrast between the rewards of the wicked and the righteous. It is natural for a righteous person to become discouraged and possibly envious when he sees the earthly prosperity and power of a wicked person. One may fall, but the hand of the Lord will lift him up. Throughout the verses of this poem, the psalmist urged patience and trust among God’s people. The riches of this world are only temporary, but the inheritance of the righteous is eternal. As David concluded his psalm, he stated, “The future of the wicked shall be cut off. But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord…”

David was a man after God’s own heart, BUT as a man, he also had sin in his life. The first thing one must do to find forgiveness is to become aware of his sinful condition. At times, it was necessary for David’s sins to be pointed out to him. The same is true today as we sometimes struggle to please God. In penitence, the psalmist confessed the wretched condition of his soul and humbly pled for God’s forgiveness and salvation.

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Empower with energy and wisdom

For it is written,“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,and every tongue shall confess to God.”So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. (Romans 14:11-12 ESV)

Бо написано: Я живу, каже Господь, і схилиться кожне коліно передо Мною, і визнає Бога кожен язик! Тому кожен із нас сам за себе дасть відповідь Богові. (До римлян 14:11-12 Ukrainian)

O LORD our God ~ thank you dear Father in heaven for always being awake and attentive to our prayers. We confess that we often do not know what to ask for, but we do want you to know that we feel loved by you and we love you with all our heart. By your awesome power you created everything that exists! Have mercy upon us as we continue to struggle to be more like your Son in the way we walk and talk each day. Please forgive us for failing to magnify Christ in our daily mundane affairs. Empower all faithful Christians with energy and wisdom so that our humble deeds will glorify Christ as Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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May 25. Psalms of David, Continued

Ps. 31:1-24; 35:1-36:12

In an era when man trusts in his own strength and power, one should follow the example of David as he turned to the Lord for His strength and protection in times of persecution and distress. He stated numerous laments over the pursuits, traps and slanders of his enemies. As with everyone, he also had health issues. However, in all of those trials, the psalmist maintained his trust for, “You are my God.” He praised God for His goodness as he was protected in a strong city. As David found refuge in Ziklag from the army of Saul, we also may receive the protection of God as if in a strong city, “All you who hope in the Lord.”

The psalmist continued lamenting to the Lord about his persecutions. In calling for the punishment of his enemies, one might conclude that David was vindictive and harsh. However, he was pleading his case to a just God to mete out a fair justice against the wicked. They had plotted his destruction, had rewarded him evil for good and had hated him without a valid reason. This psalm described a period in David’s life that could well have been during the pursuits of King Saul. It also described the time when his son, Absalom was seeking his life. As in his other laments and pleas, David was thankful as he expressed his hope and faith that God would deliver him.

David described various characteristics of the wicked. The wicked person was summed up as, “There is no fear of God before his eyes.” He followed that with a direct contrast as he described the fullness of God’s house—mercy, faithfulness, righteousness, judgments and loving-kindness. The psalm ended with a prayer.

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Tremendous advantage

And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. (1 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV)

Тому то й ми дякуємо Богові безперестанку, що, прийнявши почуте від нас Слово Боже, прийняли ви не як слово людське, але як правдиво то є Слово Боже, що й діє в вас, віруючих. (1 солунян 2:13 Ukrainian)

Por lo cual también nosotros damos gracias a Dios sin cesar, porque cuando recibisteis la palabra de Dios que oísteis de nosotros, la recibisteis no como palabra de hombres, sino según es en verdad, la palabra de Dios, la cual actúa en vosotros los creyentes. (1 Tesalonicenses 2:13 RVR1995 Spanish)

O LORD my God ~ listen to the heartfelt prayers of your children of faith on this new day. Your Spirit inspired Scriptures are too wonderful for description! Help believing parents and grandparents to love their offspring enough to teach them by personal example the tremendous advantage they will have in this life by reading and living according to your precious word which never fails. Bless those who make personal sacrifices in order to teach and preach your word of salvation to those lost in sin around the world. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Trained hearts for greed: 2 Peter 2.14

“Their eyes, full of adultery, never stop sinning; they entice unstable people. They have trained their hearts for greed, these cursed children!”

2 Peter 2.14

False teachers aren’t good moral people who happen to get some things wrong. Their whole orientation is toward evil, seeking their own gain.

Some people work hard at being evil. They exercise themselves to pursue their own interests. They are also strong recruiters. Do I recognize such people for who they really are?

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May 24. More Psalms of David

Ps. 26:1-28:9

David spent many of his early years fleeing from his enemies. He addressed the Lord and pled his case for vindication. One can point out his strengths without self-righteous boasting. He listed various areas and aspects within his life in which he had served God with a clear conscience. In the end, however, even the most obedient among us must rely upon God’s mercy for salvation not only from those who would harm us, but also from His wrath in the final judgment.

From the time that David had left the flocks of his father, Jesse, his life had been one of conflict and turmoil. One person along with God makes a majority. He recognized that principle and attempted to live a life of righteousness in order to, “dwell in the house of the Lord.” With God in his life and at his side, he could be of good courage with a strong heart and be victorious in the end.

The psalmist cried in prayer to the Lord to save him from death (the pit). He prayed for separation from the punishment of the wicked. However, he did ask for them to be rewarded according to what their deeds deserved. David praised God for hearing and saving His people. The Lord is their Shepherd.

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Our immortal soul longs for eternity

A voice says, “Cry!”And I said, “What shall I cry?”All flesh is grass,and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.The grass withers, the flower fadeswhen the breath of the Lord blows on it;surely the people are grass.The grass withers, the flower fades,but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:6-8 ESV)

Голос говорит: возвещай! И сказал: что мне возвещать? Всякая плоть–трава, и вся красота ее–как цвет полевой. Засыхает трава, увядает цвет, когда дунет на него дуновение Господа: так и народ–трава. Трава засыхает, цвет увядает, а слово Бога нашего пребудет вечно. (Исаия 40:6-8 Russian)

Dear Heavenly Father ~ hear the prayers of your children O Lord our God. Help us on a new day to always think before speaking up for Jesus Christ so that we do not say more or less than your inspired word authorizes. Give us more of the perfect wisdom of Christ so that we will more fully appreciate the timelessness of your sacred Scriptures that have been handed down to our generation by many faithful servants. Your word teaches us that even as the flower of human life fades away, our immortal soul longs to spend eternity in your august presence. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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May 23. We Belong to God

Ps. 24:1-25:22

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” David gave tribute to that fact as he declared, “The earth is the Lord’s and all its fullness…” That statement includes man and all of his presumed possessions. God in His majesty can be approached, but the psalmist noted certain restrictions placed upon who can come into His presence. The King of glory whether the God of Glory who appeared before Abraham or the Lord of glory who was later crucified for the sins of man is portrayed as being a mighty warrior in battle. Those who follow the glorious King will defeat their enemies.

The psalmist shifted from praising God to pleading with Him. He began with a personal prayer for strength, deliverance from his enemies and mercy in the forgiveness of past sins. Interspersed within his pleas was praise for God’s goodness. He concluded his psalm with further pleas for mercy, forgiveness and strength. David not only considered his own needs as he prayed, but also expressed his care and concern for his people, Israel.

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Renewed sense of holiness

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17 ESV)

Разве не знаете, что вы храм Божий, и Дух Божий живет в вас? Если кто разорит храм Божий, того покарает Бог: ибо храм Божий свят; а этот храм –вы. (1 Коринфянам 3:16-17 Russian)

O LORD our God, hear the prayers of your children of faith on this new day. Accept our highest praise as we consider the splendor and majesty of all your visible and invisible works throughout the entire creation. Bless all faithful Christians who make up the your temple, the church that was purchased by the shed blood of your beloved Son. Remove any dangerous doctrines that are destined to destroy the powerful influence of the gospel in spreading the borders of the kingdom of Christ. May the indwelling influence of your Spirit bring about renewed sense of holiness among those who trust and obey the doctrine of Christ. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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May 22. Psalm of Messianic Prophecy

Ps. 22:1-31

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Those words of despair were cried out by the Messiah as He hung upon the cross hundreds of years after this psalm was written. Other prophetic statements regarding the suffering Savior were made as the psalm continued. Those statements also described the wretched condition that David had found himself in at times. In times of suffering, it sometimes seems that one has been forsaken by God, but He is always near and will intervene when He sees the need. Like David, the Christ suffered ridicule and mocking in His time of suffering.

Bulls are symbolic of strength and power. David suffered at the rebellion of Absalom and others and Jesus suffered at the hands of the Jewish leaders. The scene of the cross is depicted as dogs (Gentiles) crucifying Christ and the Roman soldiers casting lots for His clothing.

After all of the hardships that the psalmist and the Lord had suffered, there was victory. All nations, both the rich and the poor now worship the Christ in His kingdom, the church. Those who refuse to bow down to Christ will eventually confess His name, but it will then be too late.

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In all matters of faith

And the Lord said:“Because this people draw near with their mouthand honor me with their lips,while their hearts are far from me,and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men, (Isaiah 29:13 ESV)

Затова Господ казва: Понеже тия люде се проближават при Мене с устата си, И Ме почитат с устните си, Но са отстранили сърцето си далеч от Мене, И благоволението им към Мене По човешки поучения изучени папагалски, (Исаия 29:13 Bulgarian)

O Lord my God in whom we trust for daily needs and shelter, peace, and comfort on our journey to be at your side in our eternal home. Dear Father in heaven – please grant us more of the pure wisdom of Christ so that the thoughts and intents of our hearts will come up to you and be heard and acceptable by your merciful and gracious heart. Strangle the throats of those who flood the world with false ideas regarding spiritual matters that only make sense in a very limited human fashion of worldly success. Help us, Lord, to rely upon your Spirit inspired Scriptures in all matters of faith rather than any and all traditions of humanity. Restore delightful joy for the reading of the Bible among all people. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Jesus saw: Luke 21.1

“Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box.”

Luke 21.1

Jesus was observant. As divine God who knew men’s hearts, he also could see the reality behind the act. But anyone could tell what was happening with offerings in the temple.

The Lord calls us to first judge our own acts and motivations. And to stop treating God as if he were a human being. He wants us to judge all things by his word, not by our ideas.

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May 21. Devotions; Prayer and Victory

Ps. 15:1-17:15; 20:1-21:13

As the psalmist asked a serious question, he answered it himself. Those who live according to the precepts outlined in the body of the poem are the ones who are pleasing to God. Both positive and negative aspects of one’s life and conduct were mentioned.

Trust is the key topic of the writer. Goodness is vain without the Lord. Those who follow and trust idols are truly living empty lives. A child of God has a heavenly inheritance in that life after the grave.

David was confident that his life was just and pure. He had been tested in life but still needed God’s mercy as he continued his walk with the Lord. He prayed for future protection from his enemies. Those enemies were like fierce lions stalking their prey. He further described them as being gratified by worldly treasures of the present life instead of trusting God. As for the psalmist, his portion would come when he awakened from the grave.

The psalmist entered into prayer for the children of Israel instead of seeking blessings only for himself. The Law of Moses was a law of works. David called on the Lord to remember the sacrifices of His people and to reward them according to their desires. Since they had trusted in God and stood upright instead of trusting in material things as chariots and horses, David was confident of a positive response to his prayer. Christians have that same confidence today through grace and mercy in the law of Christ.

David expressed his joy and praise for God’s salvation. The desires of his prayers had been granted. David’s own personal powers as king were derived from the Lord. He further wrote of the future victory God would have over His enemies. The psalm ended with an exclamation of praise for God’s power.

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