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Bible Pathways - July 10, 2008


July 10

Psalms 88

Highlights In Today's Reading:

Have you ever despaired in the long hours of night, calling out to God in your darkest hours like the psalmist in today's reading? Or, have you exprienced God's answer break forth in the dawn bringing light through His wonderful mercy as in this magnificent Psalm 89? Don't miss the 91st — one of the best-loved psalms in today's reading, pledging amazing promises of blessings.

Life is filled with both spiritual and physical dangers and the psalmist regarded God as a refuge and a fortress (91:1-2). The godly recognize the need of a refuge during bodily pain, mental perplexities, sorrows, and struggles. The very nature of trials and testing involves the idea of possible failure. Bodily pain may result in bitterness; mental perplexities have sometimes led to unbelief.

Since many spiritual conflicts can end in defeat, Christians must recognize their need for a refuge and fortress. They need to remember their adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, (who) walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (I Peter 5:8).

Christians are hated by this world's system because they are not of the world (John 17:14). The spirits behind the principles of the world system, many of its practices, many of its amusements, and much of its literature, are opposed to the interests and the spiritual life of the disciple. Moreover, the child of God finds that in himself, there are fleshly lusts, which war against the soul (I Peter 2:11). The Apostle Paul warned: The carnal mind is enmity against God:for it is not subject to the Law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God (Romans 8:7-8).

Powerful forces and seductive influences are brought to bear upon the believer to deceive him and lead him astray. We need a fortress (a protective wall). The psalmist expressed the utmost confidence in the loving care of God when he said: Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day (Psalm 91:5).

The victorious Christian has no confidence in the flesh (Philippians 3:3). His trust is revealed in the Word of God: Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. . . . that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the Gospel (Ephesians 6:10-19). We have no assurance of the Lord's protection if we choose "ways" that serve self or misapply His Word. But what is there to fear when one remains near The Most High, for His shadow falls constantly upon him.

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished (II Peter 2:9).

Thought for Today:

Our Heavenly Father knows how to take care of us every moment of every day. Praise the Lord!

Christ Revealed:

By the seed (descendants) of David (Psalm 89:3-4). Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed (descendants) of David according to the flesh (Romans 1:3; also Matthew 1:1; Luke 3:31-32).

Word Studies:

88:13 prevent =b> come before; 89:10 Rahab in this context is a poetic name for Egypt (see 87:4; Isaiah 51:9); 89:24 horn be exalted =b> authority shall increase; 89:41 spoil =b> plunder; 90:13 let it repent thee concerning =b> change your judgment to compassion on; 91:13 dragon =b> serpent, a reference to Satan. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years (Rev. 20:2; also 12:3-4,7,9,13,16-17;13:2,4,11).

Prayer Needs:

Pray for International Shortwave Broadcasts sponsored by Marjorie M. Bazemore and in honor of Reverend Leonard P. Miller • Assistant to the Executive Director of the IBRA in our Washington DC Branch: Terry Hall • Government Officials: Rep. Russ Carnahan (MO), Rep. Phil Gingrey (GA), and Rep. Ron Klein (FL) • Country: United States (270 million) in North America • Major languages: English and Spanish • Religious freedom • 55% Protestant; 28% Catholic; 1% Orthodox; 2% Mormon; 2% Jewish; 1% Muslim; 11% Other/None • Prayer Suggestion: Wives, pray for a quiet, loving spirit to win your husband to Christ (I Peter 3:1-2).

Optional Reading: 1 Timothy 1

Memory Verse for the Week: 2 Corinthians 4:8

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