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Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, Psalm 94:12-15

Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest,   O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law; That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked. For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance. But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

That first clause takes a lot of thought; chastening is not something I look forward to. We need to understand that the LORD’s chastening is a way of getting our attention—that we have strayed from His path in a disappointing way and need to change our ways. It is something deeper that just not eating my vegetables and losing the privilege of dessert. No, we have begun to wander into forbidden territory.

Hence the need for the second phrase. We have reached a state where a review of the Ten Commandments and their commentary is needed, absolutely needed. No, I do not covet my neighbor’s yoke of oxen, but his brand spanking new SUV is another matter. Invoking lust perhaps?

There is an agelessness to the Law of God that spans all of time and culture. One of its purposes is to reveal lives changed by the Cross. Our lives must reveal not conceal it.

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Morning Psalm 82, Noon Psalm 119:17-24, Psalm 129


An alternate Reading Plan is 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.


Or set your own reading schedule up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits. But a daily time in the Word of the LORD is an absolute.

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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