Tuesday, Read: Bible in a Year - ODB

Bible in a Year : Psalms 16–17; Acts 20:1–16

Tuesday, Today's Scripture - ODB

Today's Scripture:Psalm 16:1–11 (NIV)

Tuesday, Insight - ODB


In many psalms, introductory information precedes the actual song. This brief title or superscription sometimes identifies who the composer is and why the song was written (see Psalms 3, 18). The superscription can also provide information regarding dedication, performance, instrumental directions, and musical tunes (see Psalms 6, 7, 56, 60).
The introduction to Psalm 16 identifies it as “a miktam of David.” This annotation also appears in five other psalms (Psalms 56–60). Because Bible scholars don’t agree about what miktam means, most English Bibles make no attempt to translate it. Some think it could simply mean “inscription”; others suggest it designates psalms that deal with atonement for sin because its root word means “to cover.”

Tuesday, Excerpt - ODB

... as our eyes stop looking for satisfaction “out there” to gaze instead on God’s beauty (v. 8), we find ourselves finally tasting true contentment—a life of basking in the “joy [of God’s] presence,” walking with Him each moment in “the way of life”—now and forever (v. 11 nlt).

Tuesday, Reflect & Pray - ODB

Reflect & Pray

What’s the thing you often turn to for satisfaction when you lose sight of God? Who can be a source of support and love for you when you feel trapped in your addiction to “more”?
God, forgive me for thinking I can find what I need apart from You. Thank You for always being there even when I forget to look for You. Draw me to Your side to live in the joy of walking with You.

Tuesday, Daily Devotions

July 16: Jack-in-the-Box Pride
1 Samuel 28:1–29:11; 1 Peter 2:13–17; Psalm 130:1–131:3
It’s dangerous to become too confident in the maturity of our own faith. Our pride is like the spring of a jack-in-the-box: Just when we think it’s broken or that we’ve gotten the lid on tight, it springs back to life. It rears its ugly head, bobbing around like a circus fool.
It’s so easy to get caught up in our own achievements—even when it comes to faith. We can grow in knowledge and then look down on others who still need to grow. The psalmist of Psa 131 presents the solution with a sure, succinct declaration. He fully submits to God’s order. He doesn’t wrestle with the things that don’t make sense—he is able to place these in God’s hand. His inner peace comes from total trust in God: “My heart is not haughty nor my eyes arrogant, And I do not concern myself with things too great and difficult for me. Rather I have soothed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother, like the weaned child is my soul with me” (Psa 131:1–2).
Maturity of faith is found in childlike trust—trust that sees ourselves as small and God as mighty. Peter also speaks about peace that is a result of having faith that submits to God. Submission allows us to act wisely in a situation, all “for the sake of the Lord (1 Pet 2:13). Doing good will silence the ignorant (1 Pet 2:15), and if we do good while enduring the mistreatment of others, God will show us His favor (1 Pet 2:20). Ultimately, it’s Christ who serves as the example of submission. Even while suffering and enduring abuse, Jesus “did not commit sin, nor was deceit found in his mouth” (1 Pet 2:22). Instead, He “entrusted himself to the one who judges justly” (1 Pet 2:23).
Jesus’ act of redemption should be the focus of all our actions. While pride is rebellion against Him, forgiveness and grace through Christ are enough to drive us to the end of ourselves and send us into the haven of God’s love. His sacrifice eliminates the need to be prideful and self-seeking. It quiets our souls.
How are you turning to Christ’s sacrifice in moments of pride?
Rebecca Van Noord

 Barry, John D., and Rebecca Kruyswijk. Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012. Print.

Morning, July 16 Go To Evening Reading

“They gathered manna every morning.”
Exodus 16:21

Labour to maintain a sense of thine entire dependence upon the Lord’s good will and pleasure for the continuance of thy richest enjoyments. Never try to live on the old manna, nor seek to find help in Egypt. All must come from Jesus, or thou art undone for ever. Old anointings will not suffice to impart unction to thy spirit; thine head must have fresh oil poured upon it from the golden horn of the sanctuary, or it will cease from its glory. To-day thou mayest be upon the summit of the mount of God, but he who has put thee there must keep thee there, or thou wilt sink far more speedily than thou dreamest. Thy mountain only stands firm when he settles it in its place; if he hide his face, thou wilt soon be troubled. If the Saviour should see fit, there is not a window through which thou seest the light of heaven which he could not darken in an instant. Joshua bade the sun stand still, but Jesus can shroud it in total darkness. He can withdraw the joy of thine heart, the light of thine eyes, and the strength of thy life; in his hand thy comforts lie, and at his will they can depart from thee. This hourly dependence our Lord is determined that we shall feel and recognize, for he only permits us to pray for “daily bread,” and only promises that “as our days our strength shall be.” Is it not best for us that it should be so, that we may often repair to his throne, and constantly be reminded of his love? Oh! how rich the grace which supplies us so continually, and doth not refrain itself because of our ingratitude! The golden shower never ceases, the cloud of blessing tarries evermore above our habitation. O Lord Jesus, we would bow at thy feet, conscious of our utter inability to do anything without thee, and in every favour which we are privileged to receive, we would adore thy blessed name and acknowledge thine unexhausted love.

Go To Morning Reading Evening, July 16

“Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time is come. For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.”
Psalm 102:13, 14

A selfish man in trouble is exceedingly hard to comfort, because the springs of his comfort lie entirely within himself, and when he is sad all his springs are dry. But a large-hearted man full of Christian philanthropy, has other springs from which to supply himself with comfort beside those which lie within. He can go to his God first of all, and there find abundant help; and he can discover arguments for consolation in things relating to the world at large, to his country, and, above all, to the church. David in this Psalm was exceedingly sorrowful; he wrote, “I am like an owl of the desert. I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.” The only way in which he could comfort himself, was in the reflection that God would arise, and have mercy upon Zion: though he was sad, yet Zion should prosper; however low his own estate, yet Zion should arise. Christian man! learn to comfort thyself in God’s gracious dealing towards the church. That which is so dear to thy Master, should it not be dear above all else to thee? What though thy way be dark, canst thou not gladden thine heart with the triumphs of his cross and the spread of his truth? Our own personal troubles are forgotten while we look, not only upon what God has done, and is doing for Zion, but on the glorious things he will yet do for his church. Try this receipt, O believer, whenever thou art sad of heart and in heaviness of spirit: forget thyself and thy little concerns, and seek the welfare and prosperity of Zion. When thou bendest thy knee in prayer to God, limit not thy petition to the narrow circle of thine own life, tried though it be, but send out thy longing prayers for the church’s prosperity, Pray for the peace of Jerusalem,” and thine own soul shall be refreshed.

 Spurgeon, C. H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings. London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1896. Print.

July 16th
The notion of divine control
How much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him? Matthew 7:11.
Jesus is laying down rules of conduct for those who have His Spirit. By the simple argument of these verses He urges us to keep our minds filled with the notion of God’s control behind everything, which means that the disciple must maintain an attitude of perfect trust and an eagerness to ask and to seek.
Notion your mind with the idea that God is there. If once the mind is notioned along that line, then when you are in difficulties it is as easy as breathing to remember—Why, my Father knows all about it! It is not an effort, it comes naturally when perplexities press. Before, you used to go to this person and that, but now the notion of the Divine control is forming so powerfully in you that you go to God about it. Jesus is laying down the rules of conduct for those who have His Spirit, and it works on this principle—God is my Father, He loves me, I shall never think of anything He will forget, why should I worry?
There are times, says Jesus, when God cannot lift the darkness from you, but trust Him. God will appear like an unkind friend, but He is not; He will appear like an unnatural Father, but He is not; He will appear like an unjust judge, but He is not. Keep the notion of the mind of God behind all things strong and growing. Nothing happens in any particular unless God’s will is behind it, therefore you can rest in perfect confidence in Him. Prayer is not only asking, but an attitude of mind which produces the atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural. “Ask, and it shall be given you.”

 Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year. Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering, 1986. Print.

July 8
As thy days, so shall thy strength be
Deut. 33:25
No day without its duty; no duty without strength to perform it.

 Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Tuesday, Byzantine Church Lectionary

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | Octoechos
Sixth Tuesday after Pentecost
Bright Vestments

Epistle 1 Corinthians 1:1–9
Gospel Matthew 13:24–30

 Byzantine Lectionary (Gregorian). Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2015. Print.

Tue, Jul 16, 2019 (Jul 3, 2019) | Octoechos
Fifth Tuesday after Pentecost
Bright Vestments

Epistle Romans 14:9–18
Gospel Matthew 12:14–16, 22–30

 Byzantine Lectionary (Julian). Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2016. Print.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | Octoechos
Fifth Tuesday after Pentecost
Bright Vestments

Epistle Romans 14:9–18
Gospel Matthew 12:14–16, 22–30

 Byzantine Lectionary (Revised Julian). Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2015. Print.

Tuesday, Christian Church Lectionary's

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | Ordinary Time
Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Year 1 | Roman Missal | Lectionary

On the same date: Our Lady of Mount Carmel
First Reading Exodus 2:1–15a
Response Psalm 69:33
Psalm Psalm 69:3, 14, 30–31, 33–34
Gospel Acclamation Psalm 95:8
Gospel Matthew 11:20–24

 Catholic Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2009. Print.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | After Pentecost
Proper 10, Tuesday
Year 1

Psalms (Morning) Psalm 26, 28
Psalms (Evening) Psalm 36, 39
Old Testament 1 Samuel 19:1–18
New Testament Acts 12:1–17
Gospel Mark 2:1–12

 The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2010. Print.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | After Pentecost
Tuesday after Proper 10
Year C

Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
Psalm Psalm 25:11–20
First Reading Proverbs 19:1–17 (Complementary)
Second Reading 1 John 3:11–17
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
Psalm Psalm 7
First Reading Amos 4:6–13 (Semi-continuous)
Second Reading 1 John 3:11–17

 Consultation on Common Texts. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2011. Print.