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July 24

Pastor’s Note

David hurts over the attack on his reputation in Psalm 41. May we respond to the attacks on us with a resolve to seek God. Both Psalm 42 and 43 are very helpful in maintaining a proper perspective when things go wrong. In Acts 24, Paul shows great strength and perspective under pressure as he makes his defense against trumped up charges.

— Pastor Mike

Psalms 41-43

Lord, Be Gracious to Me

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

41:1 Blessed is the one who considers the poor! [1]
In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;
the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;
he is called blessed in the land;
you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
in his illness you restore him to full health. [2]

As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me;
heal me, [3] for I have sinned against you!”
My enemies say of me in malice,
“When will he die, and his name perish?”
And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words,
while his heart gathers iniquity;
when he goes out, he tells it abroad.
All who hate me whisper together about me;
they imagine the worst for me. [4]

They say, “A deadly thing is poured out [5] on him;
he will not rise again from where he lies.”
Even my close friend in whom I trusted,
who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
10 But you, O Lord, be gracious to me,
and raise me up, that I may repay them!

11 By this I know that you delight in me:
my enemy will not shout in triumph over me.
12 But you have upheld me because of my integrity,
and set me in your presence forever.

13 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting!
Amen and Amen.

Book Two

Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul?

To the choirmaster. A Maskil [6] of the Sons of Korah.

42:1 As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God? [7]
My tears have been my food
day and night,
while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?”
These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:
how I would go with the throng
and lead them in procession to the house of God
with glad shouts and songs of praise,
a multitude keeping festival.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation [8] and my God.

My soul is cast down within me;
therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
at the roar of your waterfalls;
all your breakers and your waves
have gone over me.
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
and at night his song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God, my rock:
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning
because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a deadly wound in my bones,
my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?”

11 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.

Send Out Your Light and Your Truth

43:1 Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
against an ungodly people,
from the deceitful and unjust man
deliver me!
For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
why have you rejected me?
Why do I go about mourning
because of the oppression of the enemy?

Send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
and to your dwelling!
Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God my exceeding joy,
and I will praise you with the lyre,
O God, my God.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.

Acts 24

Paul Before Felix at Caesarea

24:1 And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and a spokesman, one Tertullus. They laid before the governor their case against Paul. And when he had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying:

“Since through you we enjoy much peace, and since by your foresight, most excellent Felix, reforms are being made for this nation, in every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude. But, to detain [9] you no further, I beg you in your kindness to hear us briefly. For we have found this man a plague, one who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the world and is a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. He even tried to profane the temple, but we seized him. [10] By examining him yourself you will be able to find out from him about everything of which we accuse him.”

The Jews also joined in the charge, affirming that all these things were so.

10 And when the governor had nodded to him to speak, Paul replied:

“Knowing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation, I cheerfully make my defense. 11 You can verify that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to worship in Jerusalem, 12 and they did not find me disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd, either in the temple or in the synagogues or in the city. 13 Neither can they prove to you what they now bring up against me. 14 But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, 15 having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust. 16 So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man. 17 Now after several years I came to bring alms to my nation and to present offerings. 18 While I was doing this, they found me purified in the temple, without any crowd or tumult. But some Jews from Asia— 19 they ought to be here before you and to make an accusation, should they have anything against me. 20 Or else let these men themselves say what wrongdoing they found when I stood before the council, 21 other than this one thing that I cried out while standing among them: ‘It is with respect to the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you this day.’”

Paul Kept in Custody

22 But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of the Way, put them off, saying, “When Lysias the tribune comes down, I will decide your case.” 23 Then he gave orders to the centurion that he should be kept in custody but have some liberty, and that none of his friends should be prevented from attending to his needs.

24 After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. 25 And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.” 26 At the same time he hoped that money would be given him by Paul. So he sent for him often and conversed with him. 27 When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And desiring to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 41:1 Or weak
[2] 41:3 Hebrew you turn all his bed
[3] 41:4 Hebrew my soul
[4] 41:7 Or they devise evil against me
[5] 41:8 Or has fastened
[6] 42:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
[7] 42:2 Revocalization yields and see the face of God
[8] 42:5 Hebrew the salvation of my face; also verse 11 and 43:5
[9] 24:4 Or weary
[10] 24:6 Some manuscripts add and we would have judged him according to our law. 7But the chief captain Lysias came and with great violence took him out of our hands, 8commanding his accusers to come before you.

  • Sam Funk

    Psalm 41:13 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting!
    Amen and Amen.

    David asks God for many things but he never forgets to praise him and glorify him.

    Psalm 42:8 By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
    and at night his song is with me,
    a prayer to the God of my life.

    God may not be with you the way you think he should, but if you believe in him, he is with you day and night.

    Psalm 43:3 Send out your light and your truth;
    let them lead me;
    let them bring me to your holy hill
    and to your dwelling!

    Thankful for the plan of God to share his gospel with the world, whoever is willing to hear it.

    Acts 24:14 But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets,

    Paul, the prisoner, was more than willing to declare to everyone the rreason he was in prison; he did not recant or denounce his faith in Christ. He was willing to die so that others would hear the truth.

    • CrisFrancisco

      Thanks for sharing and for being faithful in the DBR.

  • CrisFrancisco

    Daily Bible Reading for July 24, 2016

    OT

    1 As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? (‭Psalms‬ ‭42‬:‭1-2‬ ESV)
    As a deer pants, thirsts and longs for flowing streams to drink from, so must be our thirst for the living God.

    O Lord, my God, increase my faith and my dependence on you. Help me to see you working in all areas of my life. Assist me to set my mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Help me to remember you and honor in my actions, thoughts and words. As I read from your word and commit them to memory, may I meditate on them day and night and that lead me to long more and more for you, your people, your presence, your purposes, and your pleasure. Blessed be your name from everlasting to everlasting!

    NT

    14 But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, 15 having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust. (‭Acts‬ ‭24‬:‭14-15‬ ESV)
    Paul’s confession was about God and his word and the hope and confidence, particularly in the resurrection from the dead. Our faith must be a living faith and one that needs to be shared. May we desire to make God known to all that we encounter and may God work in the seed that we sow.

  • Anne Ventura

    Psalm 43:3

    Send out your light and your truth;
    let them lead me;
    let them bring me to your holy hill
    and to your dwelling!

    I am thankful for Compass Bible Church and the Pastors, who direct and guide their sheep so that we will be prepared for our ultimate destination, to be with the Lord.

    Psalm 43:5

    Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvation and my God.

    Praise Him all the time. In good times and bad. I will always find Praise!

    Acts 24:16

    16 So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.

    24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, Jude 1:24

    May I always be trustful and faithful toward you Lord ,glorifying you and giving the truths of your gospel.

  • NonieS

    Psalm 42

    1 As a deer pants for flowing streams,
    so pants my soul for you, O God.
    2 My soul thirsts for God,
    for the living God.

    May I always thirst for the Lord, as David did.

    3 Send out your light and your truth;
    let them lead me;
    let them bring me to your holy hill
    and to your dwelling!

    This verse is our Compass verse. God is our compass, leading us to His truth. May my light shine for others to see Christ, in me.

    Acts 24

    14 But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, 15 having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust. 16 So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.

    Paul was kept in prison on trumped up charges. Being in prison did not stop Paul from preaching the truth of God’s Word. I too, must share God’s Word and not be upset when I am rejected. I must remember that it is God they are rejecting and God will be their judge. Maranatha!

  • CheriClark

    OT
    Psalm 43:5 5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

    Then: Here we see that the psalmist has been lamenting his circumstances that keep him from attending worship in the sanctuary. He is having a talk with himself. But he turns it around and focuses on the encouragement that his hope is in God. As such, he will continue to praise him as his salvation and his God.

    Always: No matter the circumstances we as believers should praise God always as our hope and our salvation.

    Now: Life has its ups and downs. Life has its hurts and pains. We can question it at times. But just like the psalmist here we need to refocus. We need to remember that this is not our home. That this life here is temporary. That means the hurts and the pains and the sorrows are also. We know that one day we will be in His presence worshipping Jesus. We will have glorified bodies with no pains or aches or impervious to sin and death We need to focus on the eternal and encourage ourselves with that reality when this one is too much to bear. We need to be Heavenly minded and live our lives as if we are already there. And we need to be constantly praising our Father for walking through this life with us.

    NT
    Acts 24:16 16 So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.

    Then: Paul is defending himself before Felix. Paul says that he has worked to have a clear conscience before men. He has tried to be honest and to exhibit integrity in his interactions. He desired to have a velar conscience before God.

    Always: We should live our lives so that we can have a clear conscience before God and man.

    Now: This world is against us and there will be obstacles in our ways. But in dealing with others we need to strive to always be living in a way that brings glory to God. We need to desire to do those things that are pleasing to Him. At the same time, we need to live in such a way that others cannot find fault with us. They may not like our beliefs or what we say or how we live our lives but they know we are living it consistently with our beliefs. Do we? Are we known as the good neighbor? Are we kind and courteous to those we meet? Do we show the love of God to those in our lives? May others see that we follow God. May we live our lives in such a way that the only fault others can find is that we loved and obeyed God.