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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When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.

There is a special quality(?), tone(?), intimacy(?) to prayers and meditations during the still of the night. I'm not sure what the correct word is, maybe all of them. But to lay quietly, perhaps with a collection of hymns and Psalms playing softly in the background, laying out the joys and sorrows of the day is an appropriate way to end my day.

Sometimes I drop off to sleep in the middle of my prayers and sometimes I am stimulated to continue.

Reading

Morning Psalm 126, Noon Psalm 119:57-64, Evening Psalm 23

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 David When He Was in the Wilderness of Judah. O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.

Down in the dumps, got the Wednesday morning blues? Study verses 1-5 of the 63rdPsalm (and stick with passages for Thursday and Friday)

Who will not be lifted by this recipe for drawing nearer to the LORD, God the Almighty? Maybe I need to prepare for the mid-week doldrums by ending Tuesday night by a meditation on this message from the Word of the LORD.

Reading

Morning Psalm 125, Noon Psalm 119:49-56, Evening Psalm 22

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.

Surely men of low degree are a vapor, Men of high degree are a lie; If they are weighed on the scales, They are altogether lighter than vapor.

Do not trust in oppression, Nor vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, Do not set your heart on them. God has spoken once, Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God. Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; For You render to each one according to his work.

How easy is it to overrate our capabilities? Exceedingly easy according to David. Man is but a vapor no matter how he views himself. And while you are at it, don't put any value in the results of sinful man's machinations. Oppression, robbery, riches!

All that lasts is from God. Only from God. And He renders justly.

Reading

Morning Psalm 124, Noon Psalm 119:41-48, Evening Psalm 21

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.

My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

What better way to start a conversation with the LORD, God the Almighty? “My soul, wait silently for God alone” and then begin to reiterate the many ways in which I am dependent upon Him. That exercise alone, is a valuable way to open my prayers.

Reading

Morning Psalm 123, Noon Psalm 119:33-40, Evening Psalm 20

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.

Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes, And I shall keep it to the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it.

Incline my heart to Your testimonies, And not to covetousness. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way. Establish Your word to Your servant, Who is devoted to fearing You. Turn away my reproach which I dread, For Your judgments are good. Behold, I long for Your precepts; Revive me in Your righteousness.

What a beautiful plea for the LORD, God, the Almighty's guidance in all things. This is a complete shopping list focused on moral issues, our Psalmist throws himself on the LORD's guidance and accepts the consequences, reserving nothing.

What an example for us, modern man who knows it all and has access to enormous resources of information and wealth, but still cannot manage his life.

Reading

Morning Psalm 122, Noon Psalm 119:25-32, Evening Psalm 19

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. To Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation.He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.

How long will you attack a man? You shall be slain, all of you, Like a leaning wall and a tottering fence. They only consult to cast him down from his high position; They delight in lies; They bless with their mouth, But they curse inwardly. Selah

Look at the contrast here. My salvation comes in silently waiting for the LORD, God, the Almighty. He is my rock and I will not be greatly moved vs the lies, the oral blessings and curses of man.

But aan important point in in my waiting silently (patiently) upon Him. Not grumbling. I don't think that this is an instruction to remain silent so much as it is an urging to be moderate in our answers; carefully couching them in language that in honoring to our LORD and Master.

Reading

Morning Psalm 122, Noon Psalm 119:25-32, Evening Psalm 19

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. On A Stringed Instrument. A Psalm of David.

Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer.

From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah

For You, O God, have heard my vows; You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name. You will prolong the king's life, His years as many generations. He shall abide before God forever. Oh, prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him! So I will sing praise to Your name forever, That I may daily perform my vows.

A Paean of Praise! If there ever was one. Read these precious 8 verses, each carefully crafted to acknowledge some aspect of the LORD, God, the Almighty, that glorifies Him. He is there for His own from the end of the earth to praising His Name forever.

Should not all our praises and worship of the LORD be cast after this model? At the very least, this precious Psalm used as a template for our worship?

Reading

Morning Psalm 121, Noon Psalm 119:17-24, Evening Psalm 18

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 spoken in His holiness: "I will rejoice; I will divide Shechem And measure out the Valley of Succoth. Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is the helmet for My head; Judah is My lawgiver. Moab is My washpot; Over Edom I will cast My shoe; Philistia, shout in triumph because of Me." Who will bring me to the strong city? Who will lead me to Edom? Is it not You, O God, who cast us off? And You, O God, who did not go out with our armies? Give us help from trouble, For the help of man is useless. Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies.

So we, like David, must come to realize that it is not the armies of man that defeat our enemies and bring the victory, it is through the LORD, God, the Almighty that we do valiantly. It is You, O, LORD, who treads down our enemies. You may use us to tread down our enemies, but it is through You and You alone that the victory is won.

Reading

Morning Psalm 120, Noon Psalm 119:9-16 Evening Psalm 1790

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. Set to "Lily of the Testimony." a Michtam of David. For Teaching. When He Fought Against Mesopotamia and Syria of Zobah, and Joab Returned and Killed Twelve Thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.

O God, You have cast us off; You have broken us down; You have been displeased; Oh, restore us again! You have made the earth tremble; You have broken it; Heal its breaches, for it is shaking. You have shown Your people hard things; You have made us drink the wine of confusion. You have given a banner to those who fear You, That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah That Your beloved may be delivered, Save with Your right hand, and hear me.

Thank You, LORD, God, the Almighty, for time and time again, You demonstrate Your love and forgiveness for Your people. Your displeasure is laid out before us in full detail. We have disobeyed Your clear commandments and do not deserve forgiveness. Yet You, in Your love for Your people, throw out a banner to show us the way back to communion with You. It is displayed; it is demonstrably Truth; for You are Truth.

Reading

Morning Psalm 118, Noon Psalm 119:1-8, Evening Psalm 16

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.

But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble. To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; For God ismy defense, My God of mercy.

I will sing aloud of Your mercy—no matter what the Evil One throws at me during the day or His minions during the course of the night. How can they harm me? I am surrmounded by myrids of Your shining ones. You call me to declare your love and mercy to all of Your creation. To announce to all that Jesus saves, I have heard the joyful sound, Jesus saves, Jesus saves.

Reading

Morning Psalm 117, Noon Psalm 1t69-176, Evening Psalm 15.

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.

My God of mercy shall come to meet me; God shall let me see my desire on my enemies. Do not slay them, lest my people forget; Scatter them by Your power, And bring them down, O Lord our shield. For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips, Let them even be taken in their pride, And for the cursing and lying which they speak. Consume them in wrath, consume them,That they may not be; And let them know that God rules in Jacob To the ends of the earth. Selah And at evening they return, They growl like a dog, And go all around the city. They wander up and down for food, And howl if they are not satisfied.

Not all enemies use slings and arrows or lances; some display their venom through a super polite display intended to silence others while demonstrating their superior knowledge of the Scriptures. Guide me, LORD, to not reply in kind, but to respond in love and as guided by Your Spirit.

Reading

Morning Psalm 116, Noon Psalm 119:169-176, Evening Psalm 15.

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.

 

My soul clings to the dust; Revive me according to Your word. I have declared my ways, and You answered me; Teach me Your statutes. Make me understand the way of Your precepts; So shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.

My soul melts from heaviness; Strengthen me according to Your word. Remove from me the way of lying, And grant me Your law graciously. I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me. I cling to Your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame! I will run the course of Your commandments, For You shall enlarge my heart.

“I have chosen the way of truth” What precious words, lead me , LORD in the way I should go. I have lost the ability, if I ever had it, of correctly choosing the Way of Life. The Way that lies through You and is totally guided by Your Word and Your Precepts.

I must be saturated by Your Word, soaked it from dawn to dark. All my waking moments, all my steps, all my decision, every aspect of my life must be under the guidance and control of the Holy Spirit.

Reading

Morning Psalm 115, Noon Psalm 119:161-168, Evening Psalm 14.

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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