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“I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving” (Psalms 69:30 NKJV).

From: March 28, 2020

CHOOSING TO PRAISE AND MAGNIFY THE LORD

The inscription to this psalm attributed it to David, who gave it to his Chief Musician with the instruction that it be set to the tune of “The Lilies.” David was a prolific song writer and gifted musician. As a young man, he played the harp to ease the troubled spirit of King Saul. When David became king, he established a large number of musicians to serve in the Temple. David loved worshiping the Lord with music.
 
In Psalm 69:30, David declared his intent to praise the “name” of God with a song. This indicated his desire to write and sing a song that lifted up the wonderful character of God’s name. This brings to mind Handel’s “Messiah,” which put to music the words of Isaiah, “And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
 
David also declared his intent to magnify God with thanksgiving. How can one “magnify” or enlarge the One who is already greater than all? One can’t. Yet, one can enlarge one’s own perspective of God by thanking Him for His many blessings. David meant to sing a song of such thanksgiving to God that his own view of God would be magnified.
 
How can we praise and magnify the Lord with a song today? We can’t all be gifted musicians like David, but all of us can “make a joyful noise unto the Lord” (Psa.100:1). We can decide in advance that in spite of today’s circumstances, we will praise the name of the Lord in song and magnify Him with thanksgiving!
 
PRAYER: Dear Father, our love for You is so beyond speaking that only singing will suffice. Forgive our faltering voices, for Your ears must be accustomed to the angelic choir of heaven. Yet, we sing to You as Your children, adopted into the family of God by our faith in Your Son, Jesus. So we have hope that our singing will please You, as the singing of a child pleases a parent. We love You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.

OYB Devotion March 28.

Posted by Gary Combs on Saturday, March 28, 2020

“His disciples asked him what this parable meant” (Luke 8:9 NLT).

From: March 28, 2018

JESUS EXPLAINS HIS TEACHING TO HIS DISCIPLES
After Jesus taught His parable of the four soils to the crowds, His disciples asked Him to explain its meaning. Imagine how wonderful this would be to have Jesus personally explain His Word. Don’t you wish you could have been there?
 
Remember how Jesus explained the Scriptures to His disciples on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection? Luke wrote, “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself” (Luke 24:27). No wonder their “hearts burned” while learning from Him.
 
Does Jesus still explain His Word to His followers?

“They also gave me gall for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink” (Psalm 69:21 NKJV).

From: March 28, 2017

This psalm of David found its fulfillment in Christ’s suffering on the cross. Reading the four gospels together, it appears that Jesus was offered at least two drinks and perhaps three.
 
The first drink offered, according to Matthew and Mark, was wine mixed with gall or myrrh. This was offered as He arrived on Golgotha to be crucified. According to tradition, a narcotic drink was offered to those condemned to death in order to decrease their sensitivity to the excruciating pain. Jesus refused this drink, choosing to suffer with complete consciousness.
 
The second drink was offered by the Roman soldiers in mockery when the crowd thought He was calling for Elijah (Luke 23:36). He did not drink it.
 
The third drink was requested by Jesus. He said simply, “I thirst” (John 19:28). And the soldiers used a branch of hyssop to lift a sponge full of sour wine or wine vinegar to His lips.
 
Jesus, Son of David, Son of God, endured the thirst and drank the vinegar of which David prophesied centuries before. Then, He cried out, “It is finished,” and gave up His spirit (John 19:30).

“And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature” (Luke 8:14 ESV)

From: March 28, 2016

Of the four soils that Jesus described in his parable about receptivity to God’s Word, the thorny soil probably best resembles modern hearts. There has never been a generation so blessed with access to the Bible and the gospel message. Yet, today’s believers have a stunted spiritual maturity. They spend their days distracted by so many things that they fail to focus on the important. Are you cultivating the seed of God’s Word or is your spiritual life getting lost in the weeds?

“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. …Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity” (Luke 8:11, 14 NKJV)

From: March 28, 2015

Of the four soils that Jesus described in his parable about receptivity to God’s Word, the thorny soil probably best resembles American hearts. There has never been a generation so blessed with access to the Bible and the gospel message. Yet, American believers have a stunted spiritual maturity. They spend their days distracted by so many worldly things that they fail to focus on the eternal. Are you cultivating the seed of God’s Word or is your spiritual life getting lost in the weeds?

“Wickedness never brings stability, but the godly have deep roots” (Proverbs 12:3 NLT)

From: March 28, 2014

The wicked man is like a plant without roots. It will wither in drought and be blown away by storms. But the godly are like a plant that draws water from deep roots during dry spells and clings to the rocky soil during storms. Both plants look similar in good weather, but bad weather reveals them. What do dry spells and storms reveal about you? Repent and sink your roots down into the Living Water and around the Rock of God’s Word.

“And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature” (Luke 8:14 ESV)

From: March 28, 2013

Of the four soils that Jesus described in his parable about receptivity to God’s Word, the thorny soil probably best resembles American hearts. There has never been a generation so blessed with access to the Bible and the gospel message. Yet, American believers have a stunted spiritual maturity. They spend their days distracted by so many things that they fail to focus on the important. Are you cultivating the seed of God’s Word or is your spiritual life getting lost in the weeds?

“So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 10:19)

From: March 28, 2012

God taught the Israelites how to treat foreigners by reminding them that they were once foreigners too. This principle should inform how we treat immigrants to America. It should also inform how Christians should love those who are “foreign” (far away) from God.

“My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice” (Luke 8:21)

From: March 28, 2011

How we respond to the Written Word reflects our relationship to the Incarnate Word. Those born again have ears attuned to the spiritual frequency of God’s Word and new hearts that beat to obey it.