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Psalm 119

by: FCC Staff

12/08/2022

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Psalm 119

The 119th Psalm is an acrostic poem of twenty-two stanzas, following the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Within a stanza, each verse begins with the same Hebrew letter.

For those of us who have made it a practice over the years to use the Psalms as part of our morning devotional reading, 150 chapters divided by five chapters each day makes for a handy 30-day prayer book. Add to that one chapter each day of the 31 chapters of Proverbs, and the two combined make a po

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Psalm 118:25-29

by: FCC Staff

12/07/2022

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25 Save us, we pray, O Lord!  O Lord, we pray, give us success!

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the house of the Lord. 27 The Lord is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,  up to the horns of the altar!

28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. 29 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;  for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 1

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Psalm 118:19-24

by: FCC Staff

12/06/2022

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19Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it. 21 I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. 22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.[a] 23 This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is the day that the Lord has made;  let us rejoice and be glad in it. 

Psalm 11

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Psalm 118:14-18

by: FCC Staff

12/05/2022

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14 The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. 15 Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly, 16 the right hand of the Lord exalts,  the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!”

17 I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. 18 The Lord has disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death.  

Psalm 118:14-18 

The writer of this Psalm continues h

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Psalm 118:8, 9

by: FCC Staff

12/02/2022

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“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord  than to trust in princes.” Psalm 118:8, 9

When we look back at Psalm 62, we see that the author was surely a king, and it was probably David. The circumstances could well be the efforts of King Saul to topple David.  No psalm surpasses Psalm 62 in its expression of simple trust in God. 

In today's passage, we are reminded that it is better to trust God than man. It is bett

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Psalm 118:1-4

by: FCC Staff

12/01/2022

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“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 118:1-4

Last week we celebrated a national day of Thanksgiving. Many times, our family has celebrated Thanksgiving with family friends. This family has a tradition where each person around the tab

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Psalm 117:1, 2

by: FCC Staff

11/30/2022

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“Praise the Lord, all nations!  Extol him, all peoples!  For great is his steadfast love toward us,  and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!

Psalm 117:1, 2

Here, the psalmist celebrates a truth of which the prophets often spoke.  God is the Savior, not only of Israel, but of the world.  In Christ, the vision of this psalm has been fulfilled.  All the nations, all peoples, praise and extol the Lord because of the salvation Jesus has won.

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Psalm 116:16

by: FCC Staff

11/29/2022

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“O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant.  You have loosed my bonds.”  Psalm 116:16

Verse 16 says simply that we choose to serve the One who has served us.  Our gratitude overflows.  We want our life and our lips to cry out,  “I praise you, oh Lord! You have set me free, and I want to spend the rest of my life serving you.”

Yesterday we talked about praising the Lord continually because of what He has done for us. 

In Romans 12: 1 Paul writes

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Psalm 116:12

by: FCC Staff

11/28/2022

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“What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me?” Psalm 116:12 

Many of us, when we first find the Lord have a hard time helping others understand the good news of our new life in Christ. People tend to be puzzled. How can this incredible gift be free? After all, what (besides fear of punishment) could keep a person from doing whatever sinful thing he or she wants to do?

The psalmist knew what every believer understands intuitively. God has delivered us from deat

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Psalm 116:1-7

by: FCC Staff

11/25/2022

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1     I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. 

     Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 

     The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; 

I suffered distress and anguish. 

     Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!” 

     Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. 

     The Lord preserves the simple; when I was bro

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Psalm 115:9-18

by: FCC Staff

11/24/2022

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O Israel, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield. 

 10    O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield. 

 11    You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield. 

 12    The Lord has remembered us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; 

he will bless the house of Aaron; 

 13    he will bless those who fear the Lord, both the small and the great. 

 14    May the Lord give you increase, you and yo

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Psalm 115:1-8

by: FCC Staff

11/23/2022

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1     Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! 

     Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” 

     Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. 

     Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. 

     They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. 

     They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. 

     They have hands, but do not fee

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Psalm 114:1-8

by: FCC Staff

11/22/2022

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1    When Israel went out from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, 

    Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion. 

     The sea looked and fled; Jordan turned back. 

     The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs. 

     What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back? 

     O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs? 

     Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the

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Psalm 113:1-9

by: FCC Staff

11/21/2022

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1 Praise the Lord!  Praise, O servants of the Lord,  praise the name of the Lord!

Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting,  the name of the Lord is to be praised!

The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and

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Psalm 112

by: FCC Staff

11/18/2022

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1   [a] Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. 2 Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. 3 Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. 4 He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and merciful. 5 He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. 6 H

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