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May 23 - Evening

"Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly."
- Psalms 5:1-3

A Psalm Requesting Healing

Five parts can be recognized in Psalm 5:
1. A prayer requesting God to listen (5:1-3)
2. A declaration that evil and arrogance cannot stand before the Lord (5:4-6)
3. A desire to worship and the confidence of the righteous man (5:7-8)
4. A rejection of the wicked and an identification of their sin (5:9-10)
5. A request for protection of the righteous who enter into worship (5:11-12)

The psalmist alternates between seeking God and considering the wickedness that surrounds him through out Psalm 5.  But, in the first two verses this Psalm begins with three imperatives requesting, even commanding, the Lord to “listen,” “consider,” and “hear.” The plea is for the Lord to hear not only the well-prepared thoughts that are expressed in “words,” but also the inexpressible, inarticulate emotions that fail to be vocalized. These inexpressible thoughts expressed in prayer are found in the Hebrew word translated “lament.” It is a word formed from a sound like our English words “bang,” “buzz,” “boom,” etc. called an onomatopoeic word. This word in Hebrew captures the sound of a person moaning, groaning, muttering, etc. Thus, the Psalmist is asking the Lord to “consider my groans” or “consider my moaning.” The Lord hears the desires, fears, concerns, needs and the thoughts of our heart that we, in our human nature, cannot express in language.

In contrast to the inexpressible thoughts is this statement in 5:4:
            “in the morning I lay my requests before you.” (NIV)

Or, in the ESV:
            “in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you.” (ESV)

The Hebrew verb translated “I prepare” or “I make preparations” can refer to the preparation of a sacrifice or, in contrast to the inarticulate groanings, “I prepare” can also refer to the preparation of words for a legal case or for a debate.  The NIV translate this Hebrew verb “I lay my requests” and the ESV translated it “I prepare a sacrifice.” It could also be translated, “I prepare my requests” or “I prepare my words” which would mean not only is the Psalmist asking God to hear his inexpressible thoughts, but to also “Listen to my well prepared, articulate expression of my case as I make a formal presentation to you.”

After having asked the Lord to hear his words and his thoughts the Lord is told by the writer that he will “wait expectantly.” The prayers have been presented and now we “watch” confidently for the Lord’s response.
Makrothumia (Gr) – Longsuffering (Eng) – a Greek word which refers to controlling your mind for a long period of time before it leaves room for action. This is the patient enduring of unfair and difficult circumstances without striking in revenge. The result is patiently waiting for a better situation to develop. (Col. 3:12)
Do I diligently and consistently seek God by requesting his guidance, presence, and strength in my life? I will continue to seek the Lord’s intervention concerning the things and the people I am concerned about.

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Leaders in community

A mikvah, or ceremonial bath, on the south side of the Temple Mount. This mikvah was used by Jews for ceremonial washing as they approached the temple. This mikvah and others like it where likely used by the disciples to baptize the believers on the Day of Pentecost in the book of Acts chapter 2.
(Read about mikvah.)
The Burnt Room and the House of Bullae that show the damage of the Babylonian fires of 586 BC and the remains of the Jewish culture of that time. (Details 1, 2, 3, 4)

Someone to Quote

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
- C. S. Lewis

Something to Ponder

Reasons God Worked Salvation For Us
1. Demonstration of his Character of Love
Jn.3:16; Rm.5:8
2. Eternal display of his grace
3. Create people able to do acceptable good works

Here’s a Fact

It was not until 180 AD that local churches began to access and use collections of papyrus bound together in the form of a codex. Before this time the Gospels and the apostolic letters existed as individual copies in scrolls. Irenaeus begins mentioning the accepted collection of New Testament letters about the same time as the 170-190 AD Muratorian Canon records the accepted New Testament books. A manuscript from around 200 AD called P45 (details 1, 2) preserves the text of all four Gospels (and, Acts) in a single 220 page codex.


"My son, if your heart is wise,
    then my heart will be glad indeed;
my inmost being will rejoice
    when your lips speak what is right."

- Proverbs 23:15-16

Coach’s Corner

If you desire to change the world do not seek the counsel of a content man.

Amos 6
New International Version (NIV)
Woe to the Complacent

Woe to you who are complacent in Zion,     and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria, you notable men of the foremost nation,     to whom the people of Israel come!

Go to Kalneh and look at it;     go from there to great Hamath,     and then go down to Gath in Philistia. Are they better off than your two kingdoms?     Is their land larger than yours?

You put off the day of disaster     and bring near a reign of terror.

You lie on beds adorned with ivory     and lounge on your couches. You dine on choice lambs     and fattened calves.

You strum away on your harps like David     and improvise on musical instruments.

You drink wine by the bowlful     and use the finest lotions,     but you do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.

Therefore you will be among the first to go into exile;     your feasting and lounging will end.
The Lord Abhors the Pride of Israel
The Sovereign Lord has sworn by himself—the Lord God Almighty declares:
“I abhor the pride of Jacob     and detest his fortresses; I will deliver up the city     and everything in it.”
If ten people are left in one house, they too will die. 10 And if the relative who comes to carry the bodies out of the house to burn them asks anyone who might be hiding there, “Is anyone else with you?” and he says, “No,” then he will go on to say, “Hush! We must not mention the name of the Lord.”
For the Lord has given the command,     and he will smash the great house into pieces     and the small house into bits.
Do horses run on the rocky crags?     Does one plow the sea with oxen? But you have turned justice into poison     and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness—
you who rejoice in the conquest of Lo Debar     and say, “Did we not take Karnaim by our own strength?”
For the Lord God Almighty declares,     “I will stir up a nation against you, Israel, that will oppress you all the way     from Lebo Hamath to the valley of the Arabah.”
1 Chronicles 21-22
New International Version (NIV)
David Counts the Fighting Men
21 Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel. So David said to Joab and the commanders of the troops, “Go and count the Israelites from Beersheba to Dan. Then report back to me so that I may know how many there are.”
But Joab replied, “May the Lord multiply his troops a hundred times over. My lord the king, are they not all my lord’s subjects? Why does my lord want to do this? Why should he bring guilt on Israel?”
The king’s word, however, overruled Joab; so Joab left and went throughout Israel and then came back to Jerusalem. Joab reported the number of the fighting men to David: In all Israel there were one million one hundred thousand men who could handle a sword, including four hundred and seventy thousand in Judah.
But Joab did not include Levi and Benjamin in the numbering, because the king’s command was repulsive to him. This command was also evil in the sight of God; so he punished Israel.
Then David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by doing this. Now, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.”
The Lord said to Gad, David’s seer, 10 “Go and tell David, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am giving you three options. Choose one of them for me to carry out against you.’”
11 So Gad went to David and said to him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Take your choice: 12 three years of famine, three months of being swept away before your enemies, with their swords overtaking you, or three days of the sword of the Lord—days of plague in the land, with the angel of the Lord ravaging every part of Israel.’ Now then, decide how I should answer the one who sent me.”
13 David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let me fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is very great; but do not let me fall into human hands.”
14 So the Lord sent a plague on Israel, and seventy thousand men of Israel fell dead. 15 And God sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem. But as the angel was doing so, the Lord saw it and relented concerning the disaster and said to the angel who was destroying the people, “Enough! Withdraw your hand.” The angel of the Lord was then standing at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
16 David looked up and saw the angel of the Lord standing between heaven and earth, with a drawn sword in his hand extended over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell facedown.
17 David said to God, “Was it not I who ordered the fighting men to be counted? I, the shepherd, have sinned and done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? Lord my God, let your hand fall on me and my family, but do not let this plague remain on your people.”
David Builds an Altar
18 Then the angel of the Lord ordered Gad to tell David to go up and build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. 19 So David went up in obedience to the word that Gad had spoken in the name of the Lord.
20 While Araunah was threshing wheat, he turned and saw the angel; his four sons who were with him hid themselves. 21 Then David approached, and when Araunah looked and saw him, he left the threshing floor and bowed down before David with his face to the ground.
22 David said to him, “Let me have the site of your threshing floor so I can build an altar to the Lord, that the plague on the people may be stopped. Sell it to me at the full price.”
23 Araunah said to David, “Take it! Let my lord the king do whatever pleases him. Look, I will give the oxen for the burnt offerings, the threshing sledges for the wood, and the wheat for the grain offering. I will give all this.”
24 But King David replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying the full price. I will not take for the Lord what is yours, or sacrifice a burnt offering that costs me nothing.”
25 So David paid Araunah six hundred shekels of gold for the site. 26 David built an altar to the Lord there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. He called on the Lord, and the Lord answered him with fire from heaven on the altar of burnt offering.
27 Then the Lord spoke to the angel, and he put his sword back into its sheath. 28 At that time, when David saw that the Lord had answered him on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, he offered sacrifices there. 29 The tabernacle of the Lord, which Moses had made in the wilderness, and the altar of burnt offering were at that time on the high place at Gibeon. 30 But David could not go before it to inquire of God, because he was afraid of the sword of the angel of the Lord.
22 Then David said, “The house of the Lord God is to be here, and also the altar of burnt offering for Israel.”
Preparations for the Temple
So David gave orders to assemble the foreigners residing in Israel, and from among them he appointed stonecutters to prepare dressed stone for building the house of God. He provided a large amount of iron to make nails for the doors of the gateways and for the fittings, and more bronze than could be weighed. He also provided more cedar logs than could be counted, for the Sidonians and Tyrians had brought large numbers of them to David.
David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor in the sight of all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations for it.” So David made extensive preparations before his death.
Then he called for his son Solomon and charged him to build a house for the Lord, the God of Israel. David said to Solomon: “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house for the Name of the Lord my God. But this word of the Lord came to me: ‘You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight. But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign. 10 He is the one who will build a house for my Name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’
11 “Now, my son, the Lord be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the Lord your God, as he said you would. 12 May the Lord give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God. 13 Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.
14 “I have taken great pains to provide for the temple of the Lord a hundred thousand talents of gold, a million talents of silver, quantities of bronze and iron too great to be weighed, and wood and stone. And you may add to them. 15 You have many workers: stonecutters, masons and carpenters, as well as those skilled in every kind of work 16 in gold and silver, bronze and iron—craftsmen beyond number. Now begin the work, and the Lord be with you.”
17 Then David ordered all the leaders of Israel to help his son Solomon. 18 He said to them, “Is not the Lord your God with you? And has he not granted you rest on every side? For he has given the inhabitants of the land into my hands, and the land is subject to the Lord and to his people. 19 Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the Lord.”

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