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Bible Pathways 06/27/04

June 27, 2004

Read Psalms 10 - 17

In Today's Reading:

Judgment upon the wicked; David's desire for justice; those who shall dwell with God; prayer for protection

David asked a question that has eternal consequences: LORD, who shall abide (dwell) in Your Tabernacle (Tent)? who shall dwell in Your holy hill? (Psalm 15:1). David focused on two of the all-important issues of life when he asked: Who shall dwell? and Who shall abide? The Holy Spirit provided the answer: He that walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart (15:2). To work righteousness can only take place after one becomes a child of God through faith in Christ. Jesus told Nicodemus: Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God (John 3:5). To speak the truth in his heart comes from knowing God's Word.

Although the Book of Psalms foretells the resurrection of Christ, it also offers assurance that all who believe in Him will rise to share in His resurrection and life eternal (Psalm 49:15). For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven . . . and the dead in Christ shall rise first (I Thessalonians 4:16). How wonderful to dwell in Him and to look forward to living in the presence of our Lord forever. Like David, let us rejoice: I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices: my flesh also shall rest in hope (Psalm 16:8-9). The Almighty God fulfilled the prophecy of David: You will not leave my soul in hell (16:10). Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus Christ ascended heavenward to take His place at the right hand of the Father as had been prophesied. You will show me the path of life: in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore (16:11).

On the Day of Pentecost, Peter quoted from this psalm to assure about three thousand converts that Jesus was the Christ (Anointed One) of whom David had prophesied (Acts 2:1,25-28,31,41).

The risen Christ is the Good News of the Gospel upon which our faith is based. As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive (I Corinthians 15:22).

Christ Revealed:

In the prophecy that God would not allow His Holy One to see decay (Psalm 16:10). This foretells of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:25-27; 13:35-39). When Jesus spoke the Revelation to John, He declared: I am He that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death (Revelation 1:18).

Word Studies:

10:5 puffeth = makes light; 10:13 contemn = defy; despise; 11:3 foundations = principles of society based on the Word of God.

Pray For:

Staff: Ken Sharp · Government Officials: Rep. Mike Honda (CA), Rep. Bill Luther (MN), Rep. Jim Nussle (IA), Rep. Doug Ose (CA), and Rep. David Scott (GA) · Country: Ghana (19 million) in western Africa · Major languages: English and African languages · The government permits freedom to churches and missionaries that do not get involved in politics · 31% belief in spirits and witches; 22% Protestant; 17% Muslim; 11% Roman Catholic

Prayer Suggestion: Ask the Lord to show you what to do, and then be willing to do it (Acts 9:6).

Optional Reading: Philippians 4

Memory Verse for the Week: Romans 2:11

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