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Psalm 5:1-3

“Listen to my words, O Lord, and hear my sighs.
Listen to my cry for help,
My God and king!
I pray to you, O Lord;
you hear my voice in the morning;
At sunrise I offer my prayer and wait for your answer.”
(Psalm 5:1-3, TEV)
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Week 2: Day 5: Psalms 104; 150; John 1:1-5

Psalms 104; 150 (praise) and John 1:1-5 (the Word)

It is not a hidden fact that I love music. I feel that God created me for several purposes, but my main purpose here on earth is to worship Him…to bring HIM glory. I think that’s why today’s reading resonated with me so much…

Psalm 104:33-34 “I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.”

Psalm 150:6 “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.”

The hymn for today is “How Great THou Art”…Singing verse 4 has always made me imagine what singing for the last time on this Earth will be like…

When Christ shall come with shouts of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim MY GOD HOW GREAT THOU ART!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee;
How Great Thou art, how great Thou art…”

How Great you are Lord!!

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Week 2: Day 4: Job 38-39; 40:15-41;34

OOOOOHHHHH!!! I found LOTS of good stuff in here today!!!

I’ll start by recording the hymn for the day…”This Is My Father’s World” And truly after reading these passages, my eyes were opened to verse 3…

“This is my Father’s World,
O Let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong
God is the ruler yet.

This is my Father’s world,
The Battle is not done,
Jesus who died shall be satisfied
And earth and heav’n be one.”

That though the wrong seems oft so strong…GOD IS THE RULER YET!!! AMEN! No matter how hard the temptation how severe the struggle, GOD IS THE RULER YET!!! These several chapters in Job are chapters in which God is asking Job “did I not create this world?” He often questions Job and asks Him if he (Job) was the one who created the animals and how they behave…

There are several controversial passages in these Scriptures that I wanted to explore a bit. The first being Job 40:15, “”Look at the behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox.” My NIV Study Bible mentioned to remember that this was being described in a highly poetic and hyperbolic way, but I wasn’t buying it…Chapter 39 describes MANY animals in a very normal and honest evaluation of the types they are. Job 39:13-18 describes the ostrich as being a rather dumb animal and God saying pretty much, “I made him that way.” Love it. Chapter 41 describes Leviathan a sea creature that my NIV Study Bible says is described in a highly poetic and hyperbolic way. I wanted to do more research…This is what I found so far.

Behemoth – Hebrew for “beast par excellence” Wikipedia had this to say:
“In Jewish belief, Behemoth is the primal unconquerable monster of the land, as Leviathan is the primal monster of the waters of the sea and Ziz the primordial moster of the sky.” Ziz is not mentioned in Scripture but in Jewish legend it was a massive bird-like creature.

Wikipedia also says, “Suggested animals include the water buffalo, rhinoceros, and the elephant, but the most common suggestion is the hippopotomus…Others disagree, pointing to the fact that the animal’s tail “moves like a cedar,” an unlikely description for any of these animals…moreover, some suggest that “tail is a euphemism for male genetalia. Support for this is based on another meaning of the Hebrew word “move” which means “extend” and on the second part of verse 17 describing the sinew around it’s “stones”…Many Young Earth Creationists propose that the Behemoth is a dinosaur. Some sort of sauropod is usually proposed.”

Other ideas of what the Leviathan may have been? Some suggest a crocodile while others suggest it could have been a sea monster or even a marine dinosaur.

What do you think? I love reading stuff like this in Scripture…

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Week 2: Day 3: Psalms 19:1-6; 33 (God’s glory and greatness)

I LOVE Chapter 33…I think it SHOULD speak to all musicians or anyone really, but even more so to musicians…

My favorite verse is 33:3 – “Play skillfully with a shout of joy” God gives us His best on a daily, hourly, second-ly (heh) basis…Why should we offer any less? We MUST offer God OUR greatness. There are so many people who think that mediocre worship is okay…it’s not. We should constantly be striving to be better so that we can SKILLFULLY offer our worship to our Creator.

The hymn recommended for today is “All Creatures of Our God and King”

I chose to record the 4th verse…

“Let all things their Creator bless
And worship Him in HUMBLENESS (Caps are mine 😉 )
O Praise Him! Alleluia!

Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, three in One!
O Praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!”

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Week 2: Day 2: Genesis 2:4-25; Psalm 8

Day 2 is covering the Second telling of creation (Genesis 2:4-25) as well as the Praise to the Creator in Psalm 8. The recommended hymn is “For the Beauty of the Earth”…

I chose to record the first and last verses of this hymn as well…

“For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies.

Christ our God to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the wonder of each hour
Of the day and of the night.
Hill and vale and tree and flower
Sun and moon and stars of light.

Christ, our God to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.”

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Week 2: Day 1: Genesis 1:1-2:3 (Creation)

This week’s readings are showing the WONDER of God. They also recommend listening or singing the recommended hymn of the day and I must say that I really enjoyed that part of it. Of course, being a musician, that is the way I express my wonder of God the best.

In Genesis 1:1-2:3 we read of God’s Creation of the Earth.

I love reading the creation story and I think it very fitting that the hymn for the day is “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” I chose to write down the last verse as it tied in the most with the Scripture reading for me…

“Mortals join the mighty chorus
Which the morning stars began
Heaven’s love is reigning over us
Brother love binds man to man.

Ever singing, march we onward
Victors in the midst of strife.
Joyful music lifts us sunward
In the triumph song of life.”

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Week 1: Day 5 and 6

Day 5: Philemon (Letters), Luke 15 (Gospels)

Philemon

– Written around the same time as Colossians

Characters:
– Paul: author of the letter
– Philemon: recipient. Christian living in Colosse or nearby and the owner
of the slave Onesimus.
– Onesimus: Slave stolen from Philemon and then run away. Met Paul and
became a Christian. Now willing to return to his master.

vv. 1-3: INTRODUCTION. Written to the church but very personally to Philemon.
vv. 4-7: Paul is praising Philemon and thanking him for all of his faith and love for the saints.
vv. 8-16: Paul is letting Philemon know Onesimus is on his way home, but Philemon should not punish him but embrace his as the brother in Christ that he now is.
vv. 17-20: I love this. vv. 17-18 sound like something Christ would say on OUR behalf. Paul is being Christ for Onesimus – his redeemer and savior almost. Talk about being Christ like. v.19 just proves how serious Paul is in these verses.
V. 20: The Greek word for “benefit” is another play on the name Onesimus…I thought that was really interesting.
vv. 21, 22: Paul plays on his friendship and brotherhood with Philemon. Paul plans on visiting Philemon when and if he can.


Luke 15

Luke was a doctor who wrote with the carefulness of a historian who takes us consecutively through the days of Christ. In this Gospel we see OT fulfillment that is not shown in any other Gospel record.

*DISCIPLE is a key word throughout the book of John.
– Pharisees and Saducees were angry b/c Jesus was not only talking with the tax collectors and sinners but EATING with them as well. Eating with a person indicated acceptance and recognition. I don’t believe Christ was ACCEPTING their sin, but he was definitely recognizing their life and their value to the kingdom of God.
– Parables are earthly stories with heavenly meanings.
– Prodigal Son. WOW! I love this parable and always related myself to the younger son. However, re-reading this made me realize in my selfishness that I am the older brother. I have been a Christian for almost 20 years and have often been jealous of the zeal that new believers have and instead of trying to jump on board with them and grab some of that zeal, I pray, “Oh God, help me be like them.” Without ever TRYING to be like them. I never think to praise Him for keeping me in his grip my whole life. The father PLEADED with the older son when he just deserved a good old “quite your whining!” The father loved both of his sons. All that was his now belonged to both of them.

Day 6: The Bible Teaching and Marks of Discipleship

John 20:31 “but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God; and that believing you have life in His name.”

Why am I participating in Disciple? I want to delve deeper into Scripture and develop a better routine for my personal study.

Why am I planning to study the Bible with intensity, faithfulness, and serious inquiry? It is my duty as a Christian, but more importantly my right to know what God says. I believe as American Christians we take our freedoms and thus our Bibles for granted. We’re getting closer and closer to losing these rights so I want to hide His words in my heart so that I can continue to find solace and support from my Lord.