Through the Word in 2020 / Feb. 18


We are reading the Bible through together this year, using the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan published by the Navigators. You can download it free of charge from: https://www.navigators.org/resource/bible-reading-plans/
Today’s 4 readings are: Matthew 18:1-14; Acts 25:1-12; Psalm 40, Leviticus 8-10.
 
Psalm 40 has always been a favorite of mine, not least because of David’s humility and his willingness to humble himself before God in his neediness. But no one captures the sweetness of the opening verses like Robert Murray Mc’Cheyne does. Let his observations soak in.
 
R.M. McCheyne: The difficulty of conversion.—So difficult and superhuman is the work of turning a soul from sin and Satan unto God, that God only can do it; and, accordingly, in our text, every part of the process is attributed solely to him. “1He brought me up out of an horrible pit, he took me from the miry clay, he set my feet upon a rock, he established my goings, and he put a new song in my mouth.” God, and God alone, then, is the author of conversion. He who created man at first, alone can create him anew in Christ Jesus unto good works. And the reason of this we shall see clearly by going over the parts of the work here described. The first deliverance is imaged forth to us in the words: “He brought me up out of an horrible pit;” and the counterpart or corresponding blessing to that is, “He set my feet upon a rock.”
Now how can we help but add our “AMEN!” to that?

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