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Bible Reading Plans

A “quiet time” is simply being intentional about having a conversation with God. This usually means listening for God’s voice by reading the Bible or devotions, and speaking to God through prayer. Jesus did this numerous times in the Gospels, sometimes slipping away all night or in the early morning, to spend time with his Father.

Here are some well respected reading plans that can help you plan this time, they all come with mobile optimised options so you can even take them with you as you travel to work.

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Be still and know that he is God, and with you now.

Posted: March 18, 2018, 12:12 am

Psalm 144

Of David.
 1 Praise be to the LORD my Rock,
       who trains my hands for war,
       my fingers for battle.

 2 He is my loving God and my fortress,
       my stronghold and my deliverer,
       my shield, in whom I take refuge,
       who subdues peoples under me.

 3 O LORD, what is man that you care for him,
       the son of man that you think of him?

 4 Man is like a breath;
       his days are like a fleeting shadow.

 5 Part your heavens, O LORD, and come down;
       touch the mountains, so that they smoke.

 6 Send forth lightning and scatter {the enemies};
       shoot your arrows and rout them.

 7 Reach down your hand from on high;
       deliver me and rescue me
       from the mighty waters,
       from the hands of foreigners

 8 whose mouths are full of lies,
       whose right hands are deceitful.

 9 I will sing a new song to you, O God;
       on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,

 10 to the One who gives victory to kings,
       who delivers his servant David from the deadly sword.

 11 Deliver me and rescue me
       from the hands of foreigners
       whose mouths are full of lies,
       whose right hands are deceitful.

 12 Then our sons in their youth
       will be like well-nurtured plants,
       and our daughters will be like pillars
       carved to adorn a palace.

 13 Our barns will be filled
       with every kind of provision.
       Our sheep will increase by thousands,
       by tens of thousands in our fields;

 14 our oxen will draw heavy loads.
       There will be no breaching of walls,
       no going into captivity,
       no cry of distress in our streets.

 15 Blessed are the people of whom this is true;
       blessed are the people whose God is the LORD.
Posted: March 18, 2018, 12:11 am

Our place of strength
Psalms are often full of wonderful, vivid images, communicating deep theology and heartfelt response in picture language. Read today’s verses again, pausing at each new image as if you’re watching scenes from a film.

We don’t know exactly what circumstances gave rise to this psalm, but they clearly fit what happens around Absalom’s rebellion. Here are snapshots from David’s life – the soldier (vs 1,2), the poet (vs 3,4), the musician (vs 9,10) and the shepherd (vs 12–14). Each of these has their own visual expression of what it means for God to be Saviour, our place of strength. For the soldier, it’s being properly trained for battle; for the poet, it’s thoughts about how much God cares for even little us; for the musician, the latest creation sung on the finest musical instrument; for the shepherd, thousands of safe, well-fed sheep.

Amazing salvation
Then for me, the best of all – the cinematic sweep God takes from the highest to the lowest to save me – from above the heavens (v 5), down past the mountain tops, through the stormy thunder clouds (v 6), past the battle fields, plunging down into the deepest waters where I’m drowning (v 7). And God grabs me in the nick of time.

That image of salvation will stay firmly fixed in my mind. I’m blown away by Jesus leaving heaven and coming to a cattle feed box and a criminal’s cross to save me.

Terry Clutterham
Posted: March 18, 2018, 12:10 am

‘Thank you, Jesus.’

Posted: March 18, 2018, 12:09 am

The wagons of the people are hitched to their king. When the king’s is hitched to God’s covenant, his blessings are their blessings.

David was well aware of the uncertain security that earthly strongholds provide, be they in the caves of Adullam or the strongholds of En Gedi (1 Sam 22:5; 1 Sam 24). From personal experience, he knew that God was the only protector worth trusting. He also realised that he did not have any basis to claim God’s protection other than his unaccountable, steadfast love for his people – including David himself. This is the foundation of the psalmist’s confidence as he invokes the power of the Almighty to strike down the armies ranged against God’s people. When God gives victory to the king it is for the benefit of his people; so he was going to lead them in worship with a new song. It is on this same basis that they can look beyond the times of war to the times of peace and plenty (vs 12–15).

We are not engaged today in the kind of battles that David and his people fought. Nonetheless, we are in the thick of a battle ranging within and around us – against the unseen forces of darkness (Eph 6:12). Alone, we are no match for their infernal rage and strength, but the same divine resources on which David depended are available to us. More than that, the one who is in us is stronger by far than all the forces the enemy can muster (1 John 4:4).

For David it was not just a personal but a national issue. Sadly, those in authority do not usually have David’s understanding of the spiritual dimension of their calling. Is it perhaps our role as Christians to fill the gap?

Kar Yong Lim
Posted: March 18, 2018, 12:08 am
Read the Bible in a year.

Deuteronomy 6,7

Psalm 33
Posted: March 18, 2018, 12:07 am

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Posted: March 18, 2018, 12:06 am