John Nunnikhoven

John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.
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Let my cry come before You, O LORD; Give me understanding according to Your word. Let my supplication come before You; Deliver me according to Your word. My lips shall utter praise, For You teach me Your statutes.

My tongue shall speak of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness. Let Your hand become my help, For I have chosen Your precepts.

I long for Your salvation, O LORD, And Your law is my delight. Let my soul live, and it shall praise You; And let Your judgments help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; Seek Your servant, For I do not forget Your commandments.

There is a literary device in German, 'zange konstruction', or tongue construction in English that very aptly describes this stanza. The opening phrase and the final phrase box in the request and provide the necessary support. The elements of the request are sandwiched between these two phrases.

The Psalmist pleads for understanding, for deliverance, for the hand of the LORD, for His salvation. He acknowledges that his deliverance is within the law and judgments of the LORD, God, the Almighty.

May we join him in his pleas.

Reading

Morning Psalm 90 Noon Psalm 119:133-140, Evening Psalm 138

Alternate Reading Plan based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

"Hear, O My people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you; I am God, your God! I will not rebuke you for your sacrifices Or your burnt offerings, Which are continually before Me.

I will not take a bull from your house, Nor goats out of your folds. For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, And the wild beasts of the field are Mine. "If I were hungry, I would not tell you; For the world is Mine, and all its fullness. Will I eat the flesh of bulls, Or drink the blood of goats?

The LORD, God, the Almighty stating His self-sufficiency, in a way which would be very understanding to an agrarian society. How does He communicate to us today? A most challenging question for many of our channels are polluted by Satan and his minions, extremely difficult to separate truth from fiction.

The solution lies in our willingness to stay in the Word of God and on our knees in communion with Him. Callused knees and watchful eyes will do much to reveal Truth through the Word of God.

Reading

Morning Psalm 89 Noon Psalm 125-132, Evening Psalm 137

Alternate Reading Plan based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

A Psalm of Asaph. The Mighty One, God the LORD, Has spoken and called the earth From the rising of the sun to its going down. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God will shine forth. Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent; A fire shall devour before Him, And it shall be very tempestuous all around Him. He shall call to the heavens from above, And to the earth, that He may judge His people:"Gather My saints together to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice." Let the heavens declare His righteousness, For God Himself is Judge. Selah

Look at this simple sentence, yet so wrapped in power and might. “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God will shine forth.” The 'perfection of beauty', what a statement of who and what the LORD, God, the Almighty is (and is not). As the perfection of beauty, He is! And as that, He is the imperfection of all that is gross and ugly.

He cannot be less than perfect in any way, He cannot be ugly, He cannot be unjust, the very heavens declare His righteousness.

Reading

Morning Psalm 8, Noon Psalm 117-124, Evening Psalm 136

Alternate Reading Plan based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

Psalm 48:3-14

God is in her palaces; He is known as her refuge. For behold, the kings assembled, They passed by together. They saw it, and so they marveled; They were troubled, they hastened away. Fear took hold of them there, And pain, as of a woman in birth pangs, As when You break the ships of Tarshish With an east wind. As we have heard, So we have seen In the city of the LORD of hosts, In the city of our God: God will establish it forever. Selah

We have thought, O God, on Your lovingkindness, In the midst of Your temple. According to Your name, O God, So is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness. Let Mount Zion rejoice, Let the daughters of Judah be glad, Because of Your judgments. Walk about Zion, And go all around her. Count her towers; Mark well her bulwarks; Consider her palaces; That you may tell it to the generation following. For this is God, Our God forever and ever; He will be our guide Even to death.

This appears to me to be a double barrel statement of praise for the LORD, God, the Almighty and His habitation. A recognition of the permanence, the eternal permanence of the structures. It is interesting that the kings were troubled and frightened, even to the point of fleeing. The most powerful men on earth and they were frightened into flight.

The second paragraph describes the lovingkindness of the LORD, God, the Almighty. Could it be that is was the lovingkindness of the LORD that frightened the kings of the earth? That they were face to face with a Being that ruled through love? That this is so powerful an emotion that it resulted in a temple of absolute splendor? May I state that the lovingkindness of the LORD results in a demonstration, a proof of His eternal being as the God who will last for ever and forevermore.

Reading

Morning Psalm 7, Noon Psalm 119:9-16, Evening Psalm 135

Alternate Reading Plan based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised In the city of our God, In His holy mountain. Beautiful in elevation, The joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, The city of the great King.

I find my self wondering as I begin the study another of the great Psalms of praise, if all the Psalms fit into this category. I am beginning to sense that my definition of praise is too narrow. Like the congregation whose pastor announced that it was the time in the Sunday morning worship where they should praise the Lord. Several members of the congregation intoned in properly staid manner, “Praise the Lord” and sat quietly waiting for the next instruction.

Praise is a verb, one of power and action, one that requires the statement of specifics. How has the LORD, God, the Almighty displayed His love for me since we were last together? Am I thankful? That's easy, but how about the instances when His fatherly hand has been displayed as a corrective? Am I thankful? Is not that also a reason for praise?

There is a broad spectrum of reasons for public praise. We need to start exercising those praise muscles as avidly as some of us exercise at a gym. Humm, maybe it is time to start referring to our LORD's Day gatherings as Praise and Worship Gym.

Reading

Morning Psalm 6 Noon Psalm 119:1-8, Evening Psalm 134

Alternate Reading Plan based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne. The princes of the people have gathered together, The people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; He is greatly exalted.

This is very interesting. The LORD, God, the Almighty reigns over the nations. How do we know? We know because the shields (armies) of the earth belong to Him. However, do they know? I believe that this issue is one of the great “Not yets” But the Day is coming when all will acknowledge His authority. For we read in Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Do I need to emphasize the 'everys' in this passage?

Reading

Morning Psalm 5, Noon Psalm 119:169-176, Evening Psalm 134

Alternate Reading Plan based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

God has gone up with a shout, The LORD with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding.

Six occurrences in these 3 short verses to “sing praises” to our God and King. Got the point? We are to sing praises to the LORD,God, the Almighty through out our waking moments. Sing praises!

And we are to sing them. Lungs bursting with joy and praise. The LORD does not counsel the finely honed tenor, the bass a pace, the soprano and altos carrying the effort of the melody. No, we are to make a joyful unto the LORD. (Psalm 100:1)

Reading

Morning Psalm 5, Noon Psalm 119:169-176, Evening Psalm 134

Alternate Reading Plan based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

Princes persecute me without a cause, But my heart stands in awe of Your word. I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure. I hate and abhor lying, But I love Your law.

Seven times a day I praise You, Because of Your righteous judgments. Great peace have those Yourwho love law, And nothing causes them to stumble.

LORD, I hope for Your salvation, And I do Your commandments. My soul keeps Your testimonies, And I love them exceedingly. I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies, For all my ways are before You.

I love Your Law! It is my beacon, my headlamp, my guide. It leads me day by day as I seek to live out my life as one of Your disciples. You know that I will stumble and fall—frequently. As a good shepherd knows, sheep are suborn, self-willed critters, given to ignoring sound advice from experienced shepherds.

Yet you pick me up, dust me off, assure me that You love and point out where I went astray. One step at a time, loving me and nurturing me as one of your children.

Praise You, my LORD, God, the Almighty.

Reading

Morning Psalm 3 Noon Psalm 119:153-160, Evening Psalm 132

Alternate Reading Plan based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! For the LORD Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth. He will subdue the peoples under us, And the nations under our feet. He will choose our inheritance for us, The excellence of Jacob whom He loves. Selah

This business of glorifying the LORD, God, the Almighty is not a solemn affair with a bunch of wizened, gray-headed old men sitting with long faces and intoning “Glory be to God, amen.”

No, a thousand times, no. We are commanded to shout with a voice of triumph. THE LORD MOST HIGH IS AWESOME! HE IS A GREAT KING OVER ALL THE EARTH. HE SUBDUES THE PEOPLE UNDER US. HE WILL CHOOSE AN INHERITANCE OUT OF THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH. PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME.

Reading

Morning Psalm 42 Noon Psalm 119:145-152, Evening Psalm 131

Alternate Reading Plan based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Desolation—a powerful word meaning complete, total, nothing untouched destruction. Certainly an effective way to end wars.

The replacement is an exalted LORD, God, the Almighty, unobscured by warring mankind and his rivalries. Exalted among the nations, exalted in all the earth, with us and as our refuge. Praise His holy name.

Reading

Morning Psalm 41, Noon Psalm 119:137-144, Evening Psalm 130

Alternate Reading Plan based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,” Why? How? When? Not just reasonable questions, but essential. But could the answer be quite simple? Yes! Those streams are the saints coming to the Throne of the LORD, God, the Almighty in praise and worship.

The dividing question is: On the LORD's Day morning are we there to praise and worship the Godhead or to offer up thanks for 'gimmes' answered and to present our new list of faintly concealed demands.

Reading

Morning Psalm 41, Noon Psalm 119:137-144, Evening Psalm 130

Alternate Reading Plan based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. A Song For Alamoth. God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

I see this as a physical depiction of the turmoil that the “civilized” world is going through. Pandemic! Critical Race Theory! LBGTQ! Conservative vs Liberal! And the list goes on! I have not touched the turmoil throughout the 10-40 Window, the intra-religious battles. Islam vs Hindu, Christian vs Buddhism, etc.

But what shall we fear? The LORD, God, the Almighty is on our side. We will triumph.

Reading

Morning Psalm 40, Noon Psalm 119:129-136, Evening Psalm 129

Alternate Reading Plan based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.

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