Voices Together

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.

Psalm 78:56-64

December 06, 2019

Yet they tested and rebelled against the Most High God and did not keep his testimonies, but turned away and acted treacherously like their fathers; they twisted like a deceitful bow. For they provoked him to anger with their high places; they moved him to jealousy with their idols. When God heard, he was full of wrath, and he utterly rejected Israel. He forsook his dwelling at Shiloh, the tent where he dwelt among mankind, and delivered his power to captivity, his glory to the hand of the foe. He gave his people over to the sword and vented his wrath on his heritage. Fire devoured their young men, and their young women had no marriage song. Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation.

What are the idols of the church today, Lord? Pride? Fame? Wealth? Acceptance? Choice? Self? Greed? Sexual iniquity? Possessions? Gossip? Anger? Celebrities? A partial listing. All these and more are what we turn to to find solace and freedom from our mundane lives. Where Oh where is the urge to turn to You and Your peace?

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 107

Mid-day: 119:65-72

Evening: Psalm 142

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Psalm 78:56-64

December 05, 2019

Yet they tested and rebelled against the Most High God and did not keep his testimonies, but turned away and acted treacherously like their fathers; they twisted like a deceitful bow. For they provoked him to anger with their high places; they moved him to jealousy with their idols. When God heard, he was full of wrath, and he utterly rejected Israel. He forsook his dwelling at Shiloh, the tent where he dwelt among mankind, and delivered his power to captivity, his glory to the hand of the foe. He gave his people over to the sword and vented his wrath on his heritage. Fire devoured their young men, and their young women had no marriage song. Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation.

What are the idols of the church today, Lord? Pride? Fame? Wealth? Acceptance? Choice? Self? Greed? Sexual iniquity? Possessions? Gossip? Anger? Celebrities? A partial listing. All these and more are what we turn to to find solace and freedom from our mundane lives. Where Oh where is the urge to turn to You and Your peace?

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 106

Mid-day: 119:57-64

Evening: Psalm 141

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"Voices Together" is available as an annual daily devotional and can be purchased at the Fellowship Of Ailbe bookstore.  All Scripture is taken from the ESV unless otherwise noted. A weekly edition, formatted as a bi-fold insert and suitable for distribution can be downloaded at https://www.ailbe.org/resources/itemlist/category/52-general-downloads. The next edition is available by Thursday of the prior week.

Psalm 78:40-55

December 04, 2019

How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved him in the desert! They tested God again and again and provoked the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember his power or the day when he redeemed them from the foe, when he performed his signs in Egypt and his marvels in the fields of Zoan. He turned their rivers to blood, so that they could not drink of their streams. He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them, and frogs, which destroyed them. He gave their crops to the destroying locust and the fruit of their labor to the locust. He destroyed their vines with hail and their sycamores with frost. He gave over their cattle to the hail and their flocks to thunderbolts. He let loose on them his burning anger, wrath, indignation, and distress, a company of destroying angels. He made a path for his anger; he did not spare them from death, but gave their lives over to the plague. He struck down every firstborn in Egypt, the firstfruits of their strength in the tents of Ham. Then he led out his people like sheep and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid, but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. And he brought them to his holy land, to the mountain which his right hand had won. He drove out nations before them; he apportioned them for a possession and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.

How can the church forget Your mighty hand in delivering us from the bondage of sin and death? Is it that we never truly believed that we were slaves to sin? Do we not recognize that only the obedience of Jesus Christ on the cross is our salvation? How can we not be on our knees without ceasing in praise for Your love, grace and mercy?

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 105

Mid-day: 119:49-56

Evening: Psalm 140

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Psalm 78:32-39

December 03, 2019

In spite of all this, they still sinned; despite his wonders, they did not believe. So he made their days vanish like a breath, and their years in terror. When he killed them, they sought him; they repented and sought God earnestly. They remembered that God was their rock, the Most High God their redeemer. But they flattered him with their mouths; they lied to him with their tongues. Their heart was not steadfast toward him; they were not faithful to his covenant. Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; he restrained his anger often and did not stir up all his wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and comes not again.

When catastrophe strikes, the church prays. When the sun shines, the church deserts You for the gods of the culture. The faith of the church cannot endure the lures and siren calls of the world, it is weak and spineless with no resistance against mammon and the gods of the age.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 104

Mid-day: 119:41-48

Evening: Psalm 139

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Psalm 78:17-31

December 02, 2019

Yet they sinned still more against him, rebelling against the Most High in the desert. They tested God in their heart by demanding the food they craved. They spoke against God, saying, "Can God spread a table in the wilderness? He struck the rock so that water gushed out and streams overflowed. Can he also give bread or provide meat for his people?" Therefore, when the LORD heard, he was full of wrath; a fire was kindled against Jacob; his anger rose against Israel, because they did not believe in God and did not trust his saving power. Yet he commanded the skies above and opened the doors of heaven, and he rained down on them manna to eat and gave them the grain of heaven. Man ate of the bread of the angels; he sent them food in abundance. He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens, and by his power he led out the south wind; he rained meat on them like dust, winged birds like the sand of the seas; he let them fall in the midst of their camp, all around their dwellings. And they ate and were well filled, for he gave them what they craved. But before they had satisfied their craving, while the food was still in their mouths, the anger of God rose against them, and he killed the strongest of them and laid low the young men of Israel.

Israel, delivered from bondage in Egypt, quickly forgot that they had been redeemed from slavery by Your grace and mercy, testing You for trivialities and the materialisms of Egypt. Give us the garlics and leeks, forgetting the toil and labor. In like manner, the church lifts up their voices crying for worldly goods, decrying the transformation of their retirement funds; we forget the sin and death from which we have been lifted, give us our garlics and leeks.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 103

Mid-day: 119:33-40

Evening: Psalm 138

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Exodus 20:1-2, 12

December 01, 2019

And God spoke all these words, saying, "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. ... "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

Colossians 3:20

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

Obey is to hearken, to listen to, to look up to, to follow, to observe our parents in all things. And it means that we are to teach our children to do likewise. For it is in the doing and observing that we learn to honor and respect others, this is where You teach us the fundamentals of relationships. This is the laboratory where we learn to trust and to be trustworthy, and where we learn to keep our word and expect others to do likewise. This is the nucleus of society called family.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 102

Mid-day: 119:25-32

Evening: Psalm 137

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Psalm 119:104

November 30, 2019

Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.

Lord, it is when we follow Your rules that Your words are sweeter than honey in our mouths. We have to be reminded that when we are not obedient to You, Your words serve as a reminder of how sweet life could have been. Then that knowledge brings sorrow and repentance to our hearts, then that understanding brings revulsion to our souls, then Your law serves to convict us of our errors and return our eyes to You. Then the honey returns to our mouths, and we can again sing with that joy that comes from Your presence.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 101

Mid-day: 119:17-24

Evening: Psalm 136

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Psalm 78:12-16

November 29, 2019

How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Sweetness, Lord, true sweetness. Even honey cloys and loses its appeal when we have too much. But Your words never cloy, never lose their appeal, always leave us satisfied as with a drink of cold water on a hot day but eager for another sip. Only Your word has that power to satiate and to build thirst at the same time. Sweeter, far sweeter than honey to our lips.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 100

Mid-day: 119:9-16

Evening: Psalm 135

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You delivered Your people, Israel, by Your mighty hand, a demonstration of Your power and Your love for the people of Your Covenant. You delivered us, the Bride of Christ, by a display of Your power over death and sin and through Your love for the people of Your New Covenant.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 99

Mid-day: 119:1-8

Evening: Psalm 134

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Psalm 78:12-16

November 28, 2019

In the sight of their fathers he performed wonders in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan. He divided the sea and let them pass through it, and made the waters stand like a heap. In the daytime he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a fiery light. He split rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep. He made streams come out of the rock and caused waters to flow down like rivers.

You delivered Your people, Israel, by Your mighty hand, a demonstration of Your power and Your love for the people of Your Covenant. You delivered us, the Bride of Christ, by a display of Your power over death and sin and through Your love for the people of Your New Covenant.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 99

Mid-day: 119:1-8

Evening: Psalm 134

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Psalm 78:9-11

November 27, 2019

The Ephraimites, armed with the bow, turned back on the day of battle. They did not keep God's covenant, but refused to walk according to his law. They forgot his works and the wonders that he had shown them.

Your heart must break at the state of the church today. Those preaching and living different gospels are rampant throughout the land. Any other gospel is preached, but the Gospel, the word taught is not Your Word, and the gods worshiped are not You. How long will You withhold Your wrath?Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 98

Mid-day: 119:169-176

Evening: Psalm 133

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Psalm 78:4-8

November 26, 2019

We will not hide them from their children but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He established a testimony in Jacob. He appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.

Lord, there are those whom You have called to be teachers with unique gifting to impart Your knowledge and wisdom. But there are also all the rest of us, filled with Your Holy Spirit, and called to share the stories of how You have worked and continue to work in our lives. Bless all of us with the passion for declaring Your greatness.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 97

Mid-day: 119:161-168

Evening: Psalm 132

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Psalm 78:1-3

November 25, 2019

Maskil of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth! I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us.

Oh, Lord, the things that we have known, that we learned at our mother's knee and from our father as he led his family. These are the understandings that guide and shape our lives today; they are the parables that reveal You to us, the foundations of Your Word that provide stability and structure in our lives today.

Thank you, Lord, for parents who recounted Your mighty works in their lives so that their children would know You. Lord, forgive us when we have not done that. Do not let our children suffer as a result of our sin.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 96

Mid-day: 119:153-160

Evening: Psalm 131

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