2020 Day 271 – Nehemiah 9-11 and Psalms 88

2020 Day 271 – Nehemiah 9-11 and Psalms 88

God’s people began showing an attitude of gratefulness to Him and listing some of the great things He had done.  “You are the LORD, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.” (Nehemiah 9:6)  Their attitude at this time also included humbleness and acknowledgement of the wrong…

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2020 Day 270 – Nehemiah 5-8 and Psalms 87

2020 Day 270 – Nehemiah 5-8 and Psalms 87

Our Heavenly Father is always available to hear our prayers.  No matter how desperate our situation, God is the answer.  “Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry; For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.  I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength:” (Psalms 88:2-4)  Sometimes it is hard to even find the right words to say to…

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2020 Day 269 – Nehemiah 1-4 and Psalms 86

2020 Day 269 – Nehemiah 1-4 and Psalms 86

As the Jews were rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, some opposition arose against them.  “And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it.” (Nehemiah 4:8)  In the next verse we read of the two things the Jews did as soon as they found out about the opposition to their work.  “And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.” (Nehemiah 4:9)  This is a great example to…

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2020 Day 268 – Ezra 7-10 and Psalms 85

2020 Day 268 – Ezra 7-10 and Psalms 85

As we learn God’s Word, we should be like Ezra and have a zeal to share with others.  “For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.” (Ezra 7:10)  In his letter to the Colossians, Paul talks about the change in us that happens as we put off the old man and become Christians.  Having a desire to teach others like Ezra did is…

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2020 Day 267 – Ezra 4-6 and Psalms 84

2020 Day 267 – Ezra 4-6 and Psalms 84

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word beatitude as “a state of utmost bliss”.  When we hear “beatitudes” we normally think of Jesus’ words in Matthew chapter 5, but there are other beatitudes found in God’s word.  Psalms chapter 84 has a few of these. “Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah” (Psalms 84:4)  The primary purpose of worship to our Heavenly Father is to glorify Him, but in doing so we are uplifted by honoring the One…

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2020 Day 266 – Ezra 1-3 and Psalms 83

2020 Day 266 – Ezra 1-3 and Psalms 83

As they were rebuilding the temple, the people got emotional.  “And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the LORD, ‘For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever toward Israel.’ And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.”  (Ezra 3:11 ESV) They knew that the goodness of God has no limit and no end.  “For the LORD is good; his mercy is…

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2020 Day 265 – 2 Chronicles 34-36 and Psalms 82

2020 Day 265 – 2 Chronicles 34-36 and Psalms 82

When Josiah was king he followed God’s commands, but later found out that there were parts of God’s word that he was not aware of.  “Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, ‘Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.’ And Shaphan read from it before the king. And when the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his clothes. And the king commanded Hilkiah, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Abdon the son of Micah, Shaphan the secretary, and Asaiah the king’s…

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2020 Day 264 – 2 Chronicles 31-33 and Psalms 81

2020 Day 264 – 2 Chronicles 31-33 and Psalms 81

It is hard to imagine how anyone could hate the Creator and Sustainer of this earth, but the Psalmist describes people that do.  “The haters of the Lord would pretend submission to Him, But their fate would endure forever.” (Psalms 81:15)  Jesus told us that someone who had that feeling towards His Father had the same feeling toward the Son.  “Whoever hates me hates my Father also.” (John 15:23)  He also told us why a person would hate something so good.  “For everyone who does…

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2020 Day 263 – 2 Chronicles 28-30 and Psalms 80

2020 Day 263 – 2 Chronicles 28-30 and Psalms 80

King Hezekiah worked to bring the people of Israel and Judah back to serving the Lord.    “Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem to keep the Passover to the LORD, the God of Israel.” (2 Chronicles 30:1)  “So they decreed to make a proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, that the people should come and keep the Passover to the…

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2020 Day 262 – 2 Chronicles 25-27 and Psalms 79

2020 Day 262 – 2 Chronicles 25-27 and Psalms 79

Uzziah was following God when he started his reign as king.  “And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done.” (2 Chronicles 26:4)  But as God continued to bless him, Uzziah’s attitude changed.  “But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the LORD his God and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.” (2 Chronicles 26:16)  Pride is…

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