Friday, August 21, 2020

The Daily Bible Readings for FRIDAY, August 21, 2020

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The Daily Bible Readings
FRIDAY, August 21, 2020
Psalm 124; Genesis 49:29—50:14; 2 Corinthians 10:12-18
The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Today's Verse-of-the-Day: Psalm 42:8
Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

Today's Readings:
We have escaped like a bird
1 If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say;

2 If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us:

3 Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:

4 Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul:

5 Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.

6 Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.

7 Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.

8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.


Jacob’s death and burial
49:29 And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,

30 In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace.

31 There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.

32 The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth.

33 And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.

50:1 And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him, and kissed him.

2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel.

3 And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days.

4 And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spake unto the house of Pharaoh, saying, If now I have found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying,

5 My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my grave which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come again.

6 And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear.

7 And Joseph went up to bury his father: and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,

8 And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen.

9 And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a very great company.

10 And they came to the threshingfloor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation: and he made a mourning for his father seven days.

11 And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called Abelmizraim, which is beyond Jordan.

12 And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them:

13 For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a buryingplace of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre.

14 And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.


Let those who boast boast in the Lord
10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.

14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:

15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,

16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.

17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets.]

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel lessons are from The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV).

The Daily Bible Readings are selected from the Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, a three-year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year A. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2020, we will be in Year B. The year which ended at Advent 2019 was Year C. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts. www.commontexts.org
The Daily Bible Readings for FRIDAY, August 21, 2020
Psalm 124; Genesis 49:29—50:14; 2 Corinthians 10:12-18 (KJV)

The Daily Prayer for FRIDAY, August 21, 2020

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The Daily Prayer
FRIDAY, August 21, 2020

In 1831, Nat Turner led a slave revolt in Southhampton County, Virginia, killing fifty-five whites on his march to the county seat of Jerusalem, where he declared that the “great day of judgment” was at hand.

Martin Luther King Jr. said: “There was a time when the church was very powerful. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the power structure got disturbed and immediately sought to convict them for being ‘disturbers of the peace’ and ‘outside agitators.’ But they went on with the conviction that they were ‘a colony of heaven,’ and had to obey God rather than man. They were small in number but big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be ‘astronomically intimidated.’ They brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contest.”

Lord God, help us to live out your gospel in the world. We pray for those who do not know your love, that they would be wooed by your goodness and seduced by your beauty. Form us into a family that runs deeper than biology or nationality or ethnicity, a family that is born again in you. May we be creators of holy mischief and agitators of comfort—people who do not accept the world as it is but insist on its becoming what you want it to be. Let us groan as in the pains of childbirth for your kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. Help us to be midwives of that kingdom. Amen.

Ichthus Ministries Daily Devotions — What He Said, He Did

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What He Said, He Did

For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.

The promise Paul talks about in our reading from Galatians is the promise God made to Abraham. This promise had three parts. You can read about it in Genesis 12. God promised Abraham land and descendants. That was music to the ears of a wandering and aging nomad who didn't have any children. But the third part of God's promise was the most intriguing—that through Abraham all the nations of the earth would be blessed. Was this a riddle? How could the whole world be blessed through one man?

Riddle though it may seem, "with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26b). Now in due time, the promise was fulfilled, in the birth of Jesus. "But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the Law, to redeem those who were under the Law, so that we might receive adoption as sons" (Galatians 4:4-5).

While Jesus was God's Son, He was also Abraham's descendant (see Matthew 1:1), and Jesus had an intimate relationship with His Heavenly Father. In fact, He said, "I and the Father are One" (John 10:30). Jesus also had full knowledge of His human ancestry, going all the way back to Abraham.

How about you? Do you have an intimate relationship with your Heavenly Father, the God who gave you life and breath and sustains your life from day to day? Whether you know it or not, whether you believe it or not, at just the right moment, in the fullness of time, God sent His Son for you.

And why would He do that? Because you and I needed redeeming; we need a Redeemer.

A life had to be exchanged for your life. Somebody had to pay with their blood for your sins. Someone had to pay with their life for you to be set free, to be redeemed. Jesus was that Someone. He went to the cross voluntarily with you in mind. He died there, outside the walls of Jerusalem, so that you could be reunited with your Heavenly Father. You see, your relationship with God was broken by sin—our sin, your sin, my sin. With His death and resurrection, Jesus makes our adoption possible into God's family. Your adoption papers have been signed in blood, His blood.

Please know that God's promise is for you. The Father sent His Son to be your Redeemer. He is calling you to Himself. Do you know God's Son? Have you received Him as your Savior, your Redeemer?

Confess your sins to God and trust His love for you. Forgiveness of sins is now possible, in Jesus' Name.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your promise to Abraham, fulfilled in Jesus, and given to us. Lead us to believe in Your Son, our Savior. Amen.

Rev. Dr. Mark Hannemann

Reflection Questions:
1. How are you with believing the promises people make to you?

2. Do you have a sense of the oneness of God's people—that there's no distinction among us? Do you see it otherwise?

3. When is it that you feel closest to God? Does some of that depend on you?
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How are you with believing the promises people make to you?

Standing Strong Through the Storm — LIVE EACH DAY AS YOUR LAST

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LIVE EACH DAY AS YOUR LAST

[God] comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

On that fateful Sunday morning in January 1996, Joy Dimerin’s beloved fiancé, Severino Bagtasos, was killed when a lone gunman stormed into the church that he pastored and shot him twice. Severino was killed on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in the predominantly Muslim town of Alat on Jolo Island, in southern Philippines. He had a zeal in reaching Muslims for Christ. Joy and Severino were supposed to get married in May 1997.

“By the grace of God, I am doing well and still enjoying the ministry,” testifies Joy. She admits that feelings of loneliness and emptiness were the most difficult things she faced after her beloved Severino died. “I was afraid that I wouldn’t find a godly man like him again,” confides Joy. “I learned to see God’s purpose in my life,” Joy added. “I learned to accept whatever circumstances come my way and look at them as God’s instruments in molding me and in making me a better person. Through [Severino’s] life I learned commitment to the ministry and to prayer. Through his death, I learned to always be prepared to face the Author and Finisher of my faith. Through this tragedy, I learned to live each day as though it were my last.”

Severino’s killer was a Tausug. “God had intended it to be so,” she says. As a Tausug, she feels compassion for her people because they are blinded by their beliefs. She now serves the Lord by reaching out to them and the Sama Muslims of southern Philippines. “I have forgiven the one who killed Junie. It’s hard to live with the hurt, the pain, and an unforgiving spirit, especially as I work with Muslims. I have learned to look at them the way God does. It’s only through the Gospel that they will change,” said Joy with no trace of bitterness in her voice. The people who wanted Severino dead had the opportunity to hear the Gospel during Severino’s funeral service, perhaps the only time they would hear the love of Christ preached openly.

Joy received thousands of letters from all over the world through Open Doors, giving her words of comfort and assuring her of prayers being said for her. In a letter to her encouragers, she wrote, “Two years of being broken-hearted led me to spiritual wholeness.” This was one of the paradoxes in her life. “I learned to be independent but dependent upon God, especially with regards to my daily walk with Him. I learned to be courageous and tough, but soft-hearted to the needy and suffering Christians.” Perhaps, only those who have suffered can truly understand those who are suffering. And those who have experienced healing can truly empathize with those who are hurting.

Four years later, God brought Joy on staff with Open Doors. “I never thought that God would call me to minister to the suffering church through Open Doors. God had allowed the great pain in my life for me to understand those who are in pain. He allowed me to suffer that I may best minister to the suffering.”

RESPONSE: I will live today as though it were my last: loving, forgiving, serving!

PRAYER: Pray for Joy in her important ministry in the Muslim areas of the southern Philippines.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

Men of the Bible — Jeremiah

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Jeremiah

His name may mean: "Yahweh Has Exalted" or "Yahweh Has Established"

His work: Though Jeremiah's prophecies were primarily directed toward Judah, the Lord also gave him prophetic messages for other nations of the world. His ministry took place during the last forty years of Judah's existence, from 627-586 BC.
His character: Jeremiah has often been called "the weeping prophet." He struggled with feelings of insecurity, doubt, and alienation. Because of the constant opposition he faced, he became so depressed that he cursed the day of his birth. Despite the cost to himself, he spoke the word of the Lord with uncompromising honesty.
His sorrow: Though the date and place of Jeremiah's death are uncertain, Jewish tradition holds that he was stoned to death by fellow Jews while living in Egypt after the destruction of Jerusalem. Despite their misfortunes, those who had taken refuge in Egypt remained unrepentant, blaming their troubles not on their idolatry, but on their failure to worship Ishtar, the Queen of Heaven.
His triumph: It is hard to find evidence in the book of Jeremiah that the prophet enjoyed any sense of personal triumph throughout the course of his ministry. Though he may have felt vindicated when his prophecies about Jerusalem came true, such feelings would have been small comfort in light of the suffering that had befallen his people.
Key Scriptures: Jeremiah 1; 20; 36; 37:16-21; 39:1-14

A Look at the Man

Jeremiah is often considered a prophet of doom, a man who warned God's people of the grievous consequences of their sin. Yet it would not have been possible for him to thunder on about impending judgment if he had despaired of the possibility that Judah might actually repent and be saved. Surely it was hope that kept him going.

This hope was made tangible during Babylon's sustained siege of Jerusalem. One day Jeremiah heard the Lord telling him that one of his cousins would soon ask him to buy a field belonging to him. But why, he must have wondered, should he waste precious silver purchasing property that was about to be overrun by a foreign invader? Before he had time to puzzle out the answer, he saw his cousin approaching. Sure enough, the man was selling his field and wanted Jeremiah to buy it. So Jeremiah did.

As the prophet tried to make sense of this impractical business transaction, God spoke again, telling him, "Behold, I will gather [my people] out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good" (Jeremiah 32:37-40).

Jeremiah's hope was based on the knowledge that nothing is ever too hard for God, not even restoring the fortunes of a people whose future seemed utterly wrecked. So, like a good contrarian investor, he ignored the conventional wisdom and bought the field. His purchase proved valuable, for the Lord eventually brought many of his people back to Jerusalem, a people chastened, purified, and eager to live once again in the land of the promise.

Reflect On: Jeremiah 20:7–18
Praise God: For his relentless love.
Offer Thanks: That he will never fail or forsake us.
Confess: Any tendency to try to hide your thoughts or feelings from God.
Ask God: To help you develop a deep and honest relationship with him.

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Jeremiah is often considered a prophet of doom, a man who warned God's people of the grievous consequences of their sin.

John Piper Devotional — An Unshakably Happy God

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An Unshakably Happy God

(Jesus said,) “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

God is absolutely sovereign.

“Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him” (Psalm 115:3).

Therefore he is not frustrated. He rejoices in all his works when he contemplates them as colors of the magnificent mosaic of redemptive history. He is an unshakably happy God.

His happiness is the delight he has in himself. Before creation, he rejoiced in the image of his glory in the person of his Son. Then the joy of God “went public” in the works of creation and redemption.

These works delight the heart of God because they reflect his glory. He does everything he does to preserve and display that glory, for in this his soul rejoices.

All the works of God culminate in the praises of his redeemed people. The climax of his happiness is the delight he takes in the echoes of his excellence in the praises of the saints. This praise is the consummation of our own joy in God.

Therefore, God’s pursuit of praise from us and our pursuit of pleasure in him are the same pursuit. This is the great gospel!
These works delight the heart of God because they reflect his glory.

Un dia a la Vez — Oración por el dominio de las palabras

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Oración por el dominio de las palabras

Si alguien se cree religioso pero no le pone freno a su lengua, se engaña a sí mismo, y su religión no sirve para nada.

Señor, en este día te damos gracias por tu presencia en nuestras vidas. También te damos gracias por tu Palabra que nos examina y nos permite mejorar y cambiar comportamientos que no te son agradables.

Queremos, mi Dios, entregarte toda nuestra vida. En especial, queremos pedirte que nos ayudes a meditar sobre la importancia de controlar cada palabra que salga de nuestra boca.

Si le hemos hecho daño a alguien, danos la oportunidad de restituir y restablecer relaciones y contactos que se lastimaron por nuestra culpa.

Y, por favor, mi Señor, refrena nuestra lengua.

Te lo pedimos en el nombre de Jesús, amén y amén.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Oración por el dominio de las palabras

Devocional CPTLN — Hizo lo que prometió


ALIMENTO DIARIO
Hizo lo que prometió

... pues todos ustedes son hijos de Dios por la fe en Cristo Jesús. Porque todos ustedes, los que han sido bautizados en Cristo, están revestidos de Cristo. Ya no hay judío ni griego; no hay esclavo ni libre; no hay varón ni mujer, sino que todos ustedes son uno en Cristo Jesús. Y si ustedes son de Cristo, ciertamente son linaje de Abrahán y, según la promesa, herederos.

La promesa de la que habla Pablo en nuestra lectura de Gálatas es la promesa que Dios le hizo a Abraham, y que tenía tres partes. (Puedes leer sobre esto en Génesis 12.) Dios le prometió a Abraham tierra y descendientes. Eso era música para los oídos de un nómada errante y anciano que no tenía hijos. Pero la tercera parte de la promesa de Dios fue la más intrigante: que a través de Abraham todas las naciones de la tierra serían bendecidas. ¿Era acaso un acertijo? ¿Cómo podría ser bendecido el mundo entero a través de un solo hombre?

A pesar de que parezca un enigma, "para Dios todo es posible" (Mateo 19:26b). Y a su debido tiempo la promesa se cumplió, en el nacimiento de Jesús. "Pero cuando se cumplió el tiempo señalado, Dios envió a su Hijo, que nació de una mujer y sujeto a la ley, para que redimiera a los que estaban sujetos a la ley, a fin de que recibiéramos la adopción de hijos" (Gálatas 4:4-5).

Si bien Jesús era el Hijo de Dios, también era descendiente de Abraham (ver Mateo 1:1) y tuvo una relación íntima con su Padre Celestial. De hecho, él dijo: "Yo y el Padre uno somos" (Juan 10:30). Jesús también tenía pleno conocimiento de su ascendencia humana, llegando hasta Abraham.

¿Y tú? ¿Tienes una relación íntima con tu Padre Celestial, el Dios que te dio vida y aliento y sostiene tu vida día a día? Sea que lo sepas o lo creas o no, en el momento justo, en la plenitud de los tiempos, Dios envió a su Hijo por ti.

¿Por qué? Porque tú y yo necesitábamos un Salvador.

Una vida tuvo que ser cambiada por tu vida. Alguien tuvo que pagar con su sangre por tus pecados. Alguien tuvo que pagar con su vida para que fueras liberado y salvado. Jesús fue ese alguien que fue a la cruz a morir voluntariamente contigo en mente para que pudieras reunirte con tu Padre Celestial. Tu relación con Dios había sido rota por el pecado, pero su muerte y resurrección, Jesús hace posible que seas adoptado nuevamente en la familia de Dios. Tus documentos de adopción han sido firmados con Su sangre.

¿Conoces al Hijo de Dios? ¿Es él tu Señor y Salvador?

ORACIÓN: Padre celestial, gracias por tu promesa a Abraham, cumplida en Jesús y dada a nosotros. Ayúdanos a creer siempre en tu Hijo, nuestro Salvador. Amén.

Rev. Dr. Mark Hannemann

Para reflexionar:
* ¿Puedes creer en las promesas que la gente te hace?

* ¿Cuándo te sientes más cerca de Dios? ¿De qué depende eso?
© Copyright 2020 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
¿Puedes creer en las promesas que la gente te hace?

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày — Điểm Sáng Nơi Hoang Vu

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Điểm Sáng Nơi Hoang Vu

Đọc: Thi Thiên 86:1-13 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Thi Thiên 107-109; I Cô-rinh-tô 4

Chúa ôi! Chúa là thiện, sẵn lòng tha thứ, ban sự nhân từ vô lượng cho những người kêu cầu Ngài.
— Thi Thiên 86:5

Khi vợ chồng tôi cùng khám phá khu vực nhỏ bé và hiểm trở của bang Wyoming, tôi phát hiện cây hướng dương mọc ở nơi khô cằn sỏi đá cùng với những bụi ngải cứu, tầm ma, những cây xương rồng gai góc và nhiều loại cây xù xì khác. Nó không cao như những cây hướng dương được người ta trồng, nhưng thật rực rỡ – và tôi thấy thật vui sướng.

Điểm sáng bất ngờ này tại khu vực địa hình gồ ghề đã nhắc nhở tôi rằng cuộc sống, thậm chí là với những người tin Chúa Jêsus, có thể dường như khô cằn và không có niềm vui. Những nan đề dường như không vượt qua được, và giống như lời than khóc của tác giả thi thiên là Đa-vít, đôi lúc lời cầu nguyện của chúng ta dường như bị phớt lờ: “Đức Giê-hô-va ôi! Xin nghiêng tai nhậm lời con, vì con đang khốn cùng và thiếu thốn” (Thi. 86:1). Giống như Đa-vít, chúng ta cũng mong chờ niềm vui (c.4).

Nhưng tiếp sau đó, Đa-vít đã tuyên bố rằng chúng ta hầu việc một Đức Chúa Trời “thành tín” (c.11), hay “thương xót và làm ơn” (c.15), Đấng tràn đầy tình yêu với tất cả những ai kêu cầu Ngài (c.5). Ngài chắc chắn đáp lời (c.7).

Đôi lúc trong những nơi hoang vu, Chúa lại gửi đến một bông hoa hướng dương – một lời khích lệ từ người bạn; một câu hay phân đoạn Kinh Thánh yên ủi; một buổi bình minh tươi đẹp – giúp chúng ta tiến về phía trước với bước chân nhẹ nhàng và đầy hy vọng. Kể cả khi chờ đợi ngày được kinh nghiệm sự giải cứu của Chúa khỏi những khó khăn, nguyện chúng ta cũng sẽ hòa chung với tác giả thi thiên mà công bố rằng: “Vì Chúa rất vĩ đại, làm các phép mầu, chỉ một mình Chúa là Đức Chúa Trời mà thôi” (c.10).
Chúa đã giải cứu bạn khỏi chỗ khó khăn nào? Trong thời gian đó, bạn có kinh nghiệm được “bông hoa hướng dương” nào đã giúp bạn bền lòng không?
Lạy Cha yêu thương, cảm tạ Ngài là Đấng hay thương xót và làm ơn. Xin giúp con nhớ Ngài đã thành tín đáp lời cầu xin của con trong quá khứ– và cũng sẽ đáp lời con trong tương lai.


Chú Giải

Vua Đa-vít đã sáng tác khoảng 73-74 thi thiên, và Thi Thiên 86 là một trong số đó. Không giống như một số bài ca của Đa-vít (ví dụ, xem lời đề tựa của Thi Thiên 51), Thi Thiên 86 không cho biết gì về hoàn cảnh sáng tác, và dường như chứa rất nhiều cụm từ xuất hiện trong các thi thiên khác của Đa-vít. Tuy nhiên, đặc điểm chính của Thi Thiên 86, như được nói đến trong Sách Giải Nghĩa Kinh Thánh Mới, có lẽ là danh xưng Đức Giê-hô-va xuất hiện bảy lần (c.3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 15) với từ Adonai trong tiếng Hê-bơ-rơ, chỉ về quyền tể trị của Đức Chúa Trời. Khi Đa-vít ca ngợi và tôn thờ Chúa, ông cũng trình dâng những nhu cầu và lo lắng của mình cho Ngài – biết rằng ông đang khẩn cầu Đức Chúa Trời là Đấng không chỉ xứng đáng với sự thờ phượng và ngợi khen của ông, mà Ngài còn là Đấng đáng tin cậy trong mọi hoàn cảnh.

Bill Crowder

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