Bible Readings: Jan 25-31 2021

 

LOVE GOD’S WORD & PRAYER

Daily Bible Reading

At Faith Baptist Fellowship, we Love God’s Word and Prayer. We strongly believe that every growing disciple of Jesus needs to be regularly hearing from God through His word and personally speaking back to God through prayer. If regular Bible reading is not yet a habit of yours, this is a great way to get started!

We are encouraging everyone to begin 2021 with spending time in the Psalms. We will provide devotional thoughts and helpful prayer points on the passages. The weekend material will prepare you for the upcoming Sunday sermon as well as provide some discussion help for Faith Groups.

We encourage you to set aside at least 15-20 minutes a day for reading and prayer. If you fall behind, just start on the current day. Try to develop the habit of reading at the same time and place. Have a journal and pen for answering questions and recording your thoughts and insights. For additional Bible reading plans check out our website at www.faithsf.com/daily-bible-readings. Enjoy your time in God’s Word and Prayer!

DBR 2021 Jan 25-31

Monday, January 25

Read Psalm 21

THINK: In Psalm 20, which we read last Friday, the king asked. Now in this companion royal Psalm, God has clearly answered. The king rejoices because God answered with strength, deliverance, blessings, and even life itself. David gives all the credit for his success to God. Importantly, the king trusts in the Lord (v. 7). Many are the enemies who oppose God’s plan and God’s ways. They plot and seek to overthrow, but God is not mocked, and he will be victorious; his enemies will face his judgment. The Psalm closes with a word of exuberant praise. Have you rejoiced and thanked God for answers to your prayers?

 

PRAY: Do that right now: pray a prayer of rejoicing and thanks for all that God has done for you–strength for the day, deliverance, blessings of many kinds, and even life itself. Express your hope in God’s ultimate victory over the enemy and the final triumph of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Are you tempted to worry or fret? Is unbelief a threat to your confidence in God? Tell your Heavenly Father. Acknowledge your struggle to trust him. Ask for his help to trust with all your heart, confident of his ultimate victory over evil.

 

Tuesday, January 26

Read Psalm 22

THINK: ESV Study Bible: “This psalm has the appearance of an especially anguished individual lament, where the suffering comes from the attacks of unscrupulous people and is intensified by the mockery of those who should feel sympathy; this person, nevertheless, looks forward to vindication and joyful worship with the rest of God’s people. However, in view of its prominent place in the crucifixion story, Christian readers have found in it a description of the sufferings of Jesus.” Read Matthew 27 as a fitting companion to our Psalm. How does this Psalm conclude?

 

PRAY: Reading Psalm 22 puts us in a unique time triangle: the days of King David, the Good Friday execution of Jesus, and our own day. Thank God for this scripture. Thank him for delivering David, for the cross of Jesus Christ who died in our place, and for his gracious provision for you. Express deep thanks to God that Jesus was willing to be forsaken so that we do not need to be. Further, praise God that Jesus did not stay in the tomb, but defeated sin and death and Satan on Easter morning. Pray with HOPE for “all the families of the nations shall worship before you” (v. 27).

 

Wednesday, January 27

Read Psalm 23

THINK: As a young man David spent much time shepherding animals, so this song is written from experience. One can imagine hearing him sing it as he accompanies himself on his lyre. (David’s music soothed Saul’s troubled soul in I Samuel.) Warren Wiersbe writes, “One day, you will look back on your life and see that it was only ‘goodness and mercy,’ and that includes the valley experiences. If life is difficult today, just keep following the Shepherd; He will never lead you where He cannot care for you.” What hope we have of fellowship with Jesus at his table as we dwell in the house of the Lord forever!

 

PRAY: Have you ever memorized this most famous of Psalms? Learn it now, before it’s read at your funeral! Pray through the song, line by line, making each thought your very own–“You are my Shepherd!” Going through a dark valley? Tell it to God. Wondering about the future? Don’t be afraid! Express to God your hope of dwelling with him forever. Thanks be to God! Hallelujah.

 

Thursday, January 28

Read Psalm 24-25

THINK: The psalm opens with sweeping truth of who God is! Some speculate that Ps 24 may have been for the occasion when David brought the ark into Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6). Hence the exuberant praise of “Lift up your heads” that “the King of Glory may come in.” That great joy is followed by the much more sober Psalm 25, with confession of sin, recognition of trouble, yet also the good care of a great God. People can be treacherous, but God will not allow those who wait upon him to be put to shame. There may be darkness for a time, but God’s promise cannot fail. Where do you take refuge? Let him guard your soul and deliver you! (v. 20)

 

PRAY: Begin with sweeping praise for the Creator God (as Ps 24 opened that way). Rejoice and bless the Lord for his presence in your life by the Holy Spirit. Then pray through the thoughts of Ps 25, making it your own (confession, requests for help, honoring his attributes, expressions of loneliness and pain, etc.). There is much here to pray about! Let David be your guide in a prayer that touches every aspect of your life. Close with, “I wait for you!”

 

Friday, January 29

Read Psalm 26

THINK: It takes courage to pray, with v. 2, “Prove me, O LORD, and try me, test my heart and my mind.” David wasn’t perfect, as we saw in the previous Psalm, but he is confident of his walk in the steadfast love of the Lord. He is living in covenant with God. He is willing to stand away from the worldly crowd. His boast is in what God has done! He loves the temple of God. He loves walking with God. Can you say that you love walking with your Heavenly Father each day?

 

PRAY: We do not look to a physical temple any longer, for now our own lives are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and our future is in the new Jerusalem with Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, our daily walk of faith in covenant with God is the same! So express that to God. Tell him that it is your deepest desire TODAY to walk with Jesus in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Ask him to fill you. Ask him to lead and guide you. Ask him to use you to make an impact for his kingdom this day. Ask him for protection from the worldly crowd who want to destroy you and those you love. Please pray for Sunday’s special Celebration and annual meeting, Faith South, 4 pm.

 

Weekend, January 30-31

Read Genesis 50:15-26

If you’ve fallen behind this week, consider using these extra days to catch up. You can also prepare your heart and mind for this Sunday’s worship service. Read the planned sermon text above and the thoughts below in advance of Sunday morning’s message. If you are in a Faith Group, consider discussing the questions below together.

 

THINK: Our long Genesis journey is coming to a close. The ship is nearing the harbor! What fear did Joseph’s brothers have? How did Joseph respond to their fear? What great lesson in his response is a primary theme of this grand book of Genesis? Why did Joseph weep when he responded to them, do you think? Isn’t it remarkable that, given all that his brothers had done to him, in this moment of opportunity, Joseph chose not retribution but to comfort them and show kindness. Why? What can we learn from this? Is there anyone in your life whom God would have you forgive and comfort rather than respond in kind?

 

PRAY: Pray for Pastors Dana and Jayson as they bring to a conclusion our study of Genesis and our fourth series in Genesis, Meant for Good. Now you know the reason for the series title! Pray for God to instill deeply in our hearts the major themes of this book. Pray that we trust God, for the hand behind the circumstances of today is indeed the hand of God! Ask God to grow your own confidence in his providence. Thank God for Jesus, who is the ultimate fulfillment of the promise of Genesis. Pray for our annual meeting and Celebration Sunday afternoon.

 

FAITH GROUP: Discuss your major take-aways from our many months in Genesis. What stood out most to you? How has the study impacted you personally?

  Further, discuss this final passage, and Joseph’s response to his brothers. Ask the group to pray for you about any challenging relationships in your life, perhaps ones where you have been wronged and you struggle with the desire for vengeance.