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Verse of the Day (August 8, 2020)

Verse of the Day (August 8, 2020) #BMSeminary – The unique aspect of praise highlighted in this psalm is that praise is related to the kingdom of the Lord. Though the psalm begins with the normal call to praise (vv. 1–3), the cause for praise (vv. 4–9) is quite unexpected: it is because the Lord intends to establish His kingdom on the earth. This kingdom involves both the glorification of the righteous (vv. 4–6) and the judgment of the wicked (vv. 7–9). This aspect of judgment is apparently to be carried out by the righteous (vv. 6–9). This passage should be taken in a prophetic sense to refer to the time when God will in fact establish His kingdom on the earth with His glorified saints right behind Him (Rev. 19:11–21). Even in this age of grace, believers are instructed to pray “Thy kingdom come” (Matt. 6:10), a petition that includes not only the glorification of the righteous but the destruction of the wicked. [KJV Study Bible, HarperCollins]

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Verse of the Day (August 7, 2020)

Verse of the Day (August 7, 2020) #BMSeminary – There is security and abundance because Yahweh is “judge,” “lawgiver,” “king,” and savior. All of these are synonyms for the supreme ruler of a people. {judge} Not primarily a legal figure in the Semitic languages. “Champion” or “defender” expresses the sense of the term more closely. The king was also the one who promulgated the laws of his nation. [Zondervan Study Bible]

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Verse of the Day (August 6, 2020)

Verse of the Day (August 6, 2020) #BMSeminary {vv. 153-160} The closer we cleave to the word of God, both as our rule and as our stay, the more assurance we have of deliverance. Christ is the Advocate of his people, their Redeemer. Those who were quickened by his Spirit and grace, when they were dead in trespasses and sins, often need to have the work of grace revived in them, according to the word of promise. The wicked not only do not God’s statutes, but they do not even seek them. They flatter themselves that they are going to heaven; but the longer they persist in sin, the further it is from them. God’s mercies are tender; they are a fountain that can never be exhausted. The psalmist begs for God’s reviving, quickening grace. A man, steady in the way of his duty, though he may have many enemies, needs to fear none. Those that hate sin truly, hate it as sin, as a transgression of the law of God, and a breaking of his word. Our obedience is only pleasing to God, and pleasant to ourselves, when it comes from a principle of love. All, in every age, who receive God’s word in faith and love, find every saying in it faithful. [Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary]
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Verse of the Day (August 5, 2020)

Verse of the Day (August 5, 2020) #BMSeminary – Having experienced the power of Scripture in his own life, the psalmist acknowledged how wonderful God’s Word is. Because God’s Word can bring about such amazing transformations, the psalmist eagerly declared that he obeyed its commands. He was a living testimony to the fact that God’s Word gives light and understanding to all who seek it. It shows us how we are supposed to live and what we should do (v. 130). When God opens up His Word to us, its light exposes the dangers of a sinful life, but it also demonstrates the delights of the path of righteousness. It reveals the darkness of our corrupt human hearts and our need of God’s salvation. It points the way to the cross, where we find the forgiveness and redemption we so desperately need (2 Co.4:3–6). After it guides us to salvation, Scripture can completely change our lives. It teaches us, rebukes us, corrects us, and instructs us in righteousness (2 Ti.3:15–16). Through this glorious transformation, it gives understanding to the simple, exposing our foolish ways and illuminating the way of wisdom (Ps. 19:7). [Preacher’s Outline and Study Bible (POSB) Commentary]

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Verse of the Day (August 4, 2020)

Verse of the Day (August 4, 2020) #BMSeminary – God the Creator (10:16; 32:17), who {formed} and established the {earth}, makes the promises that follow. His word was as powerful in Jeremiah’s time as in Gen. 1:1–2:3. His promises cannot fail; they are as firm as the earth. {Call} See 29:12. {I will answer} Because of his love and grace. {hidden things} Future things that God will now reveal. {You} is singular, addressed specifically to Jeremiah, but this great promise also has wider application to all the people of God, particularly as they call out for understanding and he gives them understanding of his word and his purposes in their lives. [ESV Study Bible]