God Centered Bible – Daily Devotions

January 10, 2018: Terror No More

January 10, 2018:

by Josh Moody Today's Bible Reading: Genesis 25-26, Psalm 10, Matthew 5:1-12, Acts 6 Psalm 10: It is the constant experience of God’s people that God sometimes seems to go quiet when things get tough. Where is God? That is the cry of many a beleaguered soul, even a devout and pious soul. Such feelings are the ones that give rise to this psalm. See how real this psalm is, how willing it is to ask the hard questions, how it refuses to hide behind pious platitudes and “Christianese.” Who has not, at one time or another, asked the question: “Why, O LORD, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” (10:1). Perhaps you are asking that question this morning. Perhaps some calamity, some trouble, some unexpected difficulty has come upon you. You have started to pray, you have started to read the Bible, and yet God—at…

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January 9, 2018: Fear

January 09, 2018:

by Josh Moody Today's Bible Reading: Genesis 24, Psalm 9, Matthew 4:18-25 , Acts 5:17-42 Psalm 9: Psalm 9 begins conventionally enough. It starts with giving thanks to God. And the reasons for the thanksgiving are well known: gratitude for what God has done (his “wonderful deeds”) and ultimately for who God is in himself (“I will be glad and exult in you”). But having begun in this way, the psalm then picks up its main theme which is, by contrast, quite unfamiliar to many of us today. That theme is the theme of judgment. In particular, David is calling on God to judge. While in some circles the judgment of God is still preached in full orthodoxy, even then it is passingly rare to hear someone pray for God to judge. And yet this how the psalm climaxes. The psalmist talks of how God “judges the world with righteousness” and then, ultimately, asks God…

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January 8, 2017: The Glory of His Majesty!

January 08, 2018:

by Josh Moody Today's Bible Reading: Genesis 21-23, Psalm 8, Matthew 4:12-17, Acts 5:1-16 Psalm 8: One of the many reasons for faith and worship is the astonishing, majestic pattern of the universe in which we live. In David’s ancient cosmology, this thought is the same that resonates through this psalm. “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in the all the earth.” The psalm starts and ends with this refrain, and this sentence summarizes the message of the psalm. The LORD God, “our” LORD—the covenant God of God’s people—his name is majestic throughout all the earth. Why is that? To begin, God has a pattern of using even the weak things of this world, “babies and infants,” to accomplish his purposes. Thus it is shown even more how great God is: no one can think it is the inherent power of an “infant” who speaks such words of wisdom to…

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January 7, 2018: Refuge in God

January 07, 2018:

by Josh Moody Today's Bible Reading: Genesis 18-20, Psalm 7, Matthew 4:1-11, Acts 4:23-37 Psalm 7: We do not know who this “Cush” was, but presumably he had said things about David that deeply wounded him, and indeed threatened to personally damage him. His “words” seemed, David felt, to be like a “lion” that might “tear his soul apart.” This was not a mere bit of non-PC name-calling. This was something serious and significant, slanderous and salacious. Again, David shows us how to respond to such lies about us. He takes “refuge” in God. Note well what a high view this is of prayer. David does not mean merely “saying his prayers” or having a mere notional or mechanical view of prayer. There is a spiritual, active, actual hiding of his soul in God through prayer. Would you avail yourself of that opportunity even today? Would you take “refuge” in God now? The…

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January 6, 2018: Pray!

January 06, 2018:

by Josh Moody Today's Bible Reading: Genesis 15-17, Psalm 6, Matthew 3:13-17, Acts 4:1-22 Psalm 6: There are two measures of a leader. One, how many people are following him. Two, how many people hate him. You are no leader without followers. But if there are none who oppose, then likely as not, you are not leading your followers anywhere. David was a great king: he had many followers, and he had many enemies too. What to do in that kind of situation? How do you lead with righteousness as a business leader, a mother, a father, a pastor, a professor, an administrator? How do you continue to lead well even when you find that you are “weary with your moaning,” even perhaps “every night you flood your bed with tears”? As usual, there are some consistent elements to the model that David provides. First, he is honest with God. He does not…

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January 5, 2018: Groaning and Rejoicing

January 05, 2018:

by Josh Moody Today's Bible Reading: Genesis 12-14, Psalm 5, Matthew 3:1-12, Acts 3 Psalm 5: David is groaning. The lies of his enemies (“there is no truth in their mouth . . . their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue”) have left him frustrated. But rather than take vengeance himself, he turns his frustrations over to God. Let this be a lesson to us all. When we are “groaning,” let our groans first and foremost be heard by God. Too often we are quick to complain to others because we are slow to pray to God. Go to God in prayer first. This prayer requires diligence, and he must “watch” for the answer. As he prays, he is reminded of who God is. God is not a God who delights in wickedness. This will bring him to certain conclusions about the necessary outcome of a wicked life. But…

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January 4, 2018: Being Slandered?

January 04, 2018:

by Josh Moody Today's Bible Reading: Genesis 9-11, Psalm 4, Matthew 2:13-23, Acts 2:22-47 Psalm 4: The “distress” of David in this psalm appears more related to those who, through cunning use of words, turn his honor into shame, using vain words and seeking after lies. David may well be experiencing slander, gossip, or the tasty bitterness of finding someone is misinterpreting your words to cast you in the worst possible light. Perhaps you are experiencing exactly that this morning. You checked your email before you read the Bible, and there you can see how someone at work is using your words against you. You never intended what you said to be interpreted that way, but now—taken out of context—it puts you in a bad light. Your honor is being turned into shame. How will you cope with this situation? David provides us with a model. First, he turns to God in prayer.…

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January 3, 2018: When You Are in Trouble

January 03, 2018:

by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Genesis 5-8, Psalm 3, Matthew 2:1-12, Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 3: This psalm is all the more remarkable for the context of Absalom and his rebellion against David. Read 2 Samuel 16:5-14 to gain some sense of the pain, anguish, and suffering that David was experiencing. Wandering away from his capital, seeking refuge from thousands who, at any moment it seemed, were about to pounce on his head and crush him to dust. Then to cap it all, a man, Shimei by name, curses him as he goes along in sad despondency, and throws dirt and stones at him. “Get out, get out, you man of blood, you worthless man!” (2 Samuel 16:7). How do you respond when the whole world seems to turn against you? When the worm turns and your legacy is taken away from you? When the one you trusted—your own son…

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January 2, 2018: Kiss the Son

January 02, 2018:

Today’s Bible Reading: Genesis 3-4, Psalm 2, Matthew 1:18-25, Acts 1:12-26 Psalm 2: Originally written of the Davidic kingdom, but fulfilled in the Kingdom of the Son of God, this psalm gives great confidence to us when we are surrounded by oppression, difficulties, and calamity. The Psalm begins by observing the rebellious “raging” of the nations against God and against his “Anointed,” that is (in Greek) “the Christ.” They plot, they scheme, they sit down and take counsel together as to how to separate the truth of God from the revelation of that truth in God’s Son, the Christ. But all is “in vain.” Why do they plot in this way then? It is perplexing when you look at it from the perspective of God. What is the point of humans plotting against the Almighty? But yet they do. And the psalmist, like you and I, wonders over these schemes…

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January 1, 2018: A Tree Planted by Streams of Water

January 01, 2018:

Today’s Bible Reading: Genesis 1-2, Psalm 1, Matthew 1:1-17, Acts 1:1-11 Psalm 1 The hymn book of the church. The panoply of praise. The treasury of David. It has been given various names, but this collection of Psalms, songs, and reflections are built upon two great truths. First, God is real. Second, his covenant is reliable. Therefore, the Psalms call us over and over again to trust in this God. But while there are woven into the tapestry of the book of the Psalms these two great truths, the power of Psalms is found in its near painful honesty. It is God-centered as a book, to be sure (as the whole Bible is), but nowhere else in the Bible do you find the kind of hair-raising, astonishing description of the range of human emotions that you find in the Psalms. From the bloodthirsty desire of the imprecatory psalms like Psalm…

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