Voices Together

Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people, Psalms 43:1-5

Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people, from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me! For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why have you rejected me? Why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

There is a background theme here; David is taking the opposition of his enemies as an indication that the Lord has abandoned him. The middle paragraph and last line indicate the opposite. And should do so for me when I get into my “poor little me, nobody loves me anymore” mind set.

No John, no David. How can the LORD demonstrate His great love for us without a contrasting canvas upon which to paint? If someone came to me back, in my food service days, raving about the meal and I knew that his idea of fine dining was pj&b served on a paper towel, very little was required to know that he was not someone whose judgment should trust.

Instead the LORD is demonstrating His great love for me by the contrast with the false jibes of the world. The contrast between a flawed, crudely cut quartz crystal and the Hope diamond. Even to an untrained eye like mine.

Reading

Morning Psalm 35, Noon Psalm 119:89-96, Evening Psalm 124,

Alternate Reading Plan based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures.

Genesis 24, Ruth 3,Job 24, Psalm 24, Isaiah 24, Matthew 2, 1 Corinthians 3

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.