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Railroad tracks near our place in Bannalec

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Chronological Reading Plan for May 9, Psalms 50, 53, 60, 75

Today's readings are Psalms 50, 53, 60 75. Tomorrow's are 2 Sam 10, 1 Chron 19 and Psalm 20.

A few lines to meditate upon in these Psalms;

Psalm 50:21 "These things you have done, and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you."

We have an amazing tendency to try to define God by human standards and form our opinions about Him based on our thinking about human nature and human limitations. We see Him in human terms with human motivations and reactions. God transcends all that. Until we understand that, we will continue to be frustrated in not being able to rationalize His actions. Furthermore, we will have difficulty comprehending His grace, constantly struggling with the misconception that grace is a reaction to some activity or deed we have accomplished in order to earn it. In truth we see this:
Psalm 53:2 "God looks down from heaven on the children of man to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. 3 They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one."

Not only is God not human in the way we would like Him to be, but none of us is worthy of His blessing and grace. They come to us based on who He is, not who we are or what we do. We can find rest and peace knowing that God is doing a work in us we are unable to earn and unable to sustain. 

Indeed:Psalm 60:11 "Oh, grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man! 12 With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes."

 He is the one who brings victory, blessing and peace into our lives, not us.

 Psalm 75:9 "But I will declare it forever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.10 All the horns of the wicked I will cut off, but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up."

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