Bible Readings: Mar 15-21 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. Enjoy your time in God’s Word and Prayer!

DBR 2021 Mar 15-21

Monday, March 15

Read Psalm 60

THINK: This psalm is described as a lament of the defeated. The occasion that prompted its composition was a national defeat in battle. David turns to the Lord to ask for restoration from Israel’s disastrous predicament—a disaster brought on by God’s anger. Because the disaster of defeat was brought by the Lord, He was the only One who could bring them victory. Note the confidence the author has in God’s power in vs 4-8. See also vs 12. Do you have this confidence during times of defeat or discouragement?
PRAY: Are you going through a difficult time? Do you feel discouraged or worse—that God has abandoned you? Express your feelings and grief openly and honestly to God. He can handle it! But also acknowledge His holy character; and His power to deliver you and lead you through it. Do not lose sight of God! His grace is sufficient and with God, you shall do valiantly!

 

Tuesday, March 16

Read Psalm 61-62

THINK: Charles Spurgeon comments that Ps 61 is a “pearl—little, but precious.” It is thought to have been written when David was exiled from the tabernacle, during Absalom’s rebellion. The occasion for Ps 62 is unknown, but Spurgeon comments that “it is not necessary for us to know, since true faith is always in season, and is usually under trial.” Note the strong desire in both psalms to be in the presence of the Lord. Also note the word pictures used to describe God in both psalms: rock, refuge, strong tower, fortress, mighty rock, salvation, glory! In comparison, how does the author describe man? See Ps 62:3.

PRAY: Do you feel like a leaning wall or a tottering fence ready to collapse under the weight of the daily pressures you are facing? Memorize and pray Ps 62:8, “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart to Him; God is a refuge for us.” Caution: don’t spend all your time listing your troubles. Focus more time on praising Him for being your rock, refuge, strong tower, fortress, salvation, and glory. Praise Him amid your trials! You will not be greatly shaken!

 

Wednesday, March 17

Read Psalm 63

THINK: Another psalm of David when he was in the wilderness, fleeing either Saul’s army or Absalom’s. His experience in the   wilderness prompted him to think of the thirst of his soul for God. “Earnestly” may also be translated “early”. To seek someone early suggests doing so earnestly. What was it about God that caused David to earnestly seek Him? In view of what he knew about God, what did David anticipate would be the future end of his enemies?
PRAY: Even though David was still in the wilderness, he found satisfaction in praising God. His present circumstances did not alter his view of God, rather it resulted in praise. In fact, praise may alter your present circumstances, or it may alter you! Praising God is the natural expression of a heart that meditates on God, a heart that thinks of Him through… the night. Praise God, no matter what your circumstances. He hasn’t changed!

 

Thursday, March 18

Read Psalm 64

THINK: Another personal lament of David, similar in theme with Psalm 63. This psalm lays out the danger with three requests—hear my voice, preserve my life, and hide me. It also gives an extensive description on the enemy and their schemes. Note the lies and deceptions, similar to Jesus’ description of the devil in John 8:39-47. Vs 7-10 begins with “But God.” These verses give us the confident expectation that God will fight on behalf of His faithful. God’s victory will serve to instruct mankind and to bring joy to the godly.
PRAY: In today’s culture, one only has to look to media—TV, internet, and cell phone communications, to see and hear “tongues like swords and bitter words like arrows.” Pray for protection from those lies and deceptions. Pray for wisdom and self-control in our own speech and communications, especially if those arrows are hurled at us. Proverbs 15:1-7 has much to say about the right use of words: “A soft answer turns away wrath…a gentle tongue is a tree of life.”

 

Friday, March 19

Read Psalm 65

THINK: From laments to praise and thanksgiving! How appropriate that psalms of lament be followed by hymns of praise. The occasion of this thanksgiving hymn is a fruitful harvest, possibly coming after a drought. The psalm begins with praise because God hears prayer and atones for our transgressions. Because of this, we are brought near to God. God is able to answer prayer because of His great power, which He has displayed in His creation. Other evidence of His power are displayed in a bountiful harvest.
PRAY: Praise God that He hears our prayers! Praise God that He atones (makes satisfactory payment) for our sins! Praise God that He brings us near—into His presence, His house, His temple! Praise Him for His creation—mountains, roaring seas, sunrise at mornings, sunset at evenings, showers of rain, green grass, bountiful harvests… How much more can you add to this list? Praise the Lord!

 

Weekend, March 20-21

Read John 19:28-31

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: The death of Jesus. Scripture continues to be fulfilled when Jesus says, “I thirst.” (See Psalm 22:15.) The wording in John 19:28 indicates that Jesus was fully conscious and was aware of fulfilling the details of prophecies. What is also striking is the paradox of the one who is the water of life (John 4:14) dying of   thirst on the cross. Giving Jesus the sour wine is another prophecy fulfilled (Psalm 68:21). The word “finished” occurs twice in this passage. What is finished? What was the Day of Preparation?
PRAY: Although there are only four verses in this passage, it is extremely rich in meaning. Pray for Pastor Dana and Pastor Jayson as they preach on these verses. Pray for God’s anointing on them, as well as God’s anointing on all who hear their words, whether in person or online. Pray also that we not only be “hearers” of God’s word but “doers” as well (James 1:22). For many of us, these may be familiar passages, and we have heard these words often. Ask God to give you a new perspective, new insights, and new applications of this passage.
FAITH GROUP: Discuss the Old Testament prophecies that were mentioned in this passage, such as the “I Thirst” and sour wine statements. How do these fulfilled prophecies add credibility to the authority of Scripture in general? Given this may be a familiar passage, has God given you any new perspective, insight, or application this time?

Pray for your gospel witness in the upcoming Easter season.