Daily Archives: January 17, 2020

January—17 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.—Revelation 3:20.

See, my soul, what condescension there is in Jesus! It was but on the last evening that thou wert feasted, by his own gracious invitation, at his table; and now the Lord invites himself at thine. So earnest is Jesus to keep up the closest acquaintance and holy familiarity with his redeemed, that if they are at any time backward in inviting him, he will invite himself. Jesus is come, then, this evening, before thou art prepared for him; yea, not only before thou hast invited him, but even before thy poor, timid, and unbelieving heart could have had the idea or expectation of such a guest. And hear what the gracious, kind, affectionate Lord saith—Behold! In which he not only desires to have it heard and known by thee, but all the Church shall know his love in this particular, and be witness of his great grace and condescension. And where is the Lord? Behold! Island, he saith, at the door, and knock! And wilt thou not, my soul, instantly cry out, as Laban of old did to the messenger of Abraham, “Come in, thou blessed of the Lord; wherefore standest thou without?” Oh! the grace that is in the heart of Jesus; that he, who is the sovereign Lord of all, who hath made us, redeemed us, bought us with such a price as his blood, should nevertheless stand without, and beg admittance into the hearts of his people, which he hath made, and new made, and over whom he hath all power to kill and to make alive, to heal and to destroy! Precious, precious Jesus! I bless thy name that I hear thy voice. Thy loud and powerful knocks, by thy word and by thy Spirit, have made me earnest for thy admission. Put in thine hand, Lord, by the hole of the door, and open my heart, as thou didst Lydia’s, and give me all-suited grace to receive thee, to embrace thee, to love thee, to delight in thee, and give thee a most hearty welcome. I would say in the warmth and desire of my soul, and in the language of thine own most sacred words—“Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in!” And what hath my Lord promised, when the door of my poor heart is opened? Yea, thou hast said, I will come in to him, and sup with him, and he with me. Bountiful Lord! wilt thou, indeed, give me the precious privilege of an union with thee and communion with thyself and thy graces? Wilt thou feed and feast me at my poor house, as on the last night thou didst at thine own? I have nothing to set before thee; I can bring forth nothing worthy thy acceptance. But methinks I hear my Lord say, I am the bread of life, and the bread of God, which cometh down from heaven. I am all, and provide all, and will give the true relish and enjoyment for all! Lord, I fall down under a deep sense of my vileness and thy glory; my emptiness, and thine all-sufficiency. Yea, blessed Master! be thou all in all, and let my poor soul feast upon thy fulness; and do thou “stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples, for I am sick of love.”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 20–21). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

O Our Fallen Humanity!!! But Jesus Saves Sinners and Gives Us an ETERNAL FUTURE! — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

The unchecked unbridled passions of man are an appetite NEVER satisfied and unfulfilled by the gratification of the flesh (Rom. 7, Rom. 8:5, Gal. 5:17). Like an addict, the unbridled passions of sexually driven men and women create a tsunami of psychological and social discord and physiological disorders that spillover from the individual into our societies and communities. The number one addiction in America today is not cocaine, it is not alcohol, it is not marijuana, it is not heroin, it is not Oxycontin, etc. The number one American addition is this unbridled beast of Eros-erotic love, i.e., sexual addiction (James 1:14-15). This Eros beast is currently reigning supreme and dominant in America in every facet of life, culture, and society. Paul stated very clearly in Romans chapter 7 the complete depravity of fallen man apart from the redemptive intervention by Almighty God (Romans 7). Oh, our humanity!, should be the cry of ALL of Adam’s fallen race; for it is the doom and fate of the Hindenburg (John 3:16-17, 36, Rom. 7:24, Rev. 20:11-15).
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The love of God ONLY gives and ONLY seeks that which is the highest and best for its object of love based and rooted in MORAL ABSOLUTES and ETERNAL RIGHTEOUSNESS and TRUTH.

ONLY in Jesus Christ is there TRUE and TOTAL deliverance and liberation from the horrific ravishings of the flesh and its control, power, and tyranny (John 8:32,36, Rom. 7:24-25, 8:1-14). In light of our post-Judeo/Christian America, do you know the ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS LOVE of Almighty God, which is found ONLY in His Son Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17)? God so LOVED YOU that he sent His Son to pay the price for your transgressions against the RIGHTEOUS standards of Almighty God (John 3:16-17, Rom. 3:23; 10:4; 1 Peter 3:18, 1 John 4:10). The love of God ONLY gives and ONLY seeks that which is the highest and best for its object of love based and rooted in MORAL ABSOLUTES and ETERNAL RIGHTEOUSNESS and TRUTH. How can any say they love you and give you less than Almighty God’s RIGHTEOUS standards and RIGHTEOUS virtues? Almighty God LOVES YOU in RIGHTEOUSNESS and sent His Son to die to make us RIGHTEOUS and to give us ETERNAL LIfe and an ETERNAL future (John 14:3, 1 Cor. 2:9, Rev. 21; 22:1-5)! My dear friend, I do not know how to say anything more wonderful than that! The one true God and Creator of the Universe truly LOVES you (1 John 4:10)! My dear friends, follow the One who LOVED you and GAVE Himself to you that you might be with Him FOREVERMORE in the ETERNAL LOVE of  Father (Gal. 2:20). Place your trust in Him today and FOREVERMORE will you sing, “All you need is the ETERNAL God’s love!

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

DJP I.F.

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January 17 Streams in the Desert

O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee.” (Dan. 6:20.)

HOW many times we find this expression in the Scriptures, and yet it is just this very thing that we are so prone to lose sight of. We know it is written “the living God”; but in our daily life there is scarcely anything we practically so much lose sight of as the fact that God is the living God; that He is now whatever He was three or four thousand years since; that He has the same sovereign power, the same saving love towards those who love and serve Him as ever He had and that He will do for them now what He did for others two, three, four thousand years ago, simply because He is the living God, the unchanging One. Oh, how therefore we should confide in Him, and in our darkest moments never lose sight of the fact that He is still and ever will be the living God!

Be assured, if you walk with Him and look to Him and expect help from Him, He will never fail you. An older brother who has known the Lord for forty-four years, who writes this, says to you for your encouragement that He has never failed him. In the greatest difficulties, in the heaviest trials, in the deepest poverty and necessities, He has never failed me; but because I was enabled by His grace to trust Him He has always appeared for my help. I delight in speaking well of His name.—George Mueller.

Luther was once found at a moment of peril and fear, when he had need to grasp unseen strength, sitting in an abstracted mood tracing on the table with his finger the words, “Vivit! vivit!” (“He lives! He lives!”). It is our hope for ourselves, and for His truth, and for mankind. Men come and go; leaders, teachers, thinkers speak and work for a season, and then fall silent and impotent. He abides. They die, but He lives. They are lights kindled, and, therefore, sooner or later quenched; but He is the true light from which they draw all their brightness, and He shines for evermore.—Alexander Maclaren.

“One day I came to know Dr. John Douglas Adam,” writes C. G. Trumbull. “I learned from him that what he counted his greatest spiritual asset was his unvarying consciousness of the actual presence of Jesus. Nothing bore him up so, he said, as the realization that Jesus was always with him in actual presence; and that this was so independent of his own feelings, independent of his deserts, and independent of his own notions as to how Jesus would manifest His presence.

“Moreover, he said that Christ was the home of his thoughts. Whenever his mind was free from other matters it would turn to Christ; and he would talk aloud to Christ when he was alone—on the street, anywhere—as easily and naturally as to a human friend. So real to him was Jesus’ actual presence.[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 19–20). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

How Can I Deepen My Understanding of My Own Sinfulness? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

The Word of God is a mirror that causes us to see ourselves as we really are. From one of our Ask Ligonier events, H.B. Charles Jr. explains how regular Scripture reading and prayer help us to recognize our sinfulness and our need of God’s grace.

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January 17th The D. L. Moody Year Book

Who shall separate us from the lave of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?—Romans 8:35.

NOW, who is going to do it? Devils? men? angels? Paul throws down a challenge. He challenges heaven, and earth, and angels, and men, and principalities and powers; and not only that, but all things past, present and to come; all creatures, internal or external; all states, death or life, height or preferment, depth or dungeon, prison or stripes.

Nothing shall separate me from the love of Christ. Let my enemies come collectively or singly, I don’t care. Let them come one and all. I have no foes that can overcome me. Why? Because God has justified me. I do not dread death. Why? Because Christ has tasted death for me. I dread no judgment. Why? That Is past, I dread no separation, and I anticipate no failure.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (pp. 17–18). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

Trey Gowdy Discusses Impeachment Trial – President Trump Adds Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz to Defense Team… — The Last Refuge

Trey Gowdy appears on Fox to discuss the anticipated points and counterpoints, accusations and defenses, and strategy within the upcoming impeachment trial.

Today it was also announced that President Trump’s defense team added Ken Starr, Alan Dershowitz, Robert Ray, Pam Bondi and Jane Raskin.  Those five will join Pat Cipollone and Jay Sekulow who are the primary defense lawyers.

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January 17, 2020 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

16  The LORD is king forever and ever;
the nations perish from his land.
17  O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
18  to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ps 10:16–18). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.


Resolution (10:17–18)

17–18 God’s kingship was revealed to Israel (Ex 15:18) and came to expression in Israel. Because God is faithful to the covenant, he has promised to judge (NIV, “defending,” v. 18) the needy. “The fatherless [cf. v. 14] and the oppressed” is a reference to the class of people who were most easily wronged (cf. 82:3) but were protected by God’s law (Ex 22:22–24; Dt 10:18; 16:11, 14; cf. Isa 1:17; Jer 7:6; Jas 1:27; cf. F. C. Fensham, “Widow, Orphan, and the Poor in Ancient Near Eastern and Wisdom Literature,” JNES 21 [1962]: 129–39; see Reflections, p. 119, Yahweh Is King).

God grants to the needy their “desire” (v. 17) by stopping the reign of terror by people who act as gods. The MT has two infinitive constructs—“to judge” and “to terrify”—translated in the NIV with God as the subject of the judging and “man” as the subject of the terrorizing. Parallelism requires that God be the subject of both verbal forms: “defending … and terrifying.” But the negative particle bal (“not”) changes the second colon into a result clause (so NIV). Craigie, 121, renders bal in an affirmative sense: “Once again, he will continue to execute judgment for orphan and oppressed, to terrify mere earthlings!” (for the basis, see C. F. Whitley, “The Positive Force of the Hebrew Particle בל,” ZAW 84 [1972]: 213–19).

The idiom “man, who is of the earth” expresses the weakness of people (ʾenôš; cf. 9:19–20). People are weak and confined to the earth, an “earthling” (Craigie, 123), whereas God is King. Calvin, 1:157, comments appropriately, “The phrase of earth contains a tacit contrast between the low abode of this world and the height of heaven” (cf. Isa 2:22).[1]


10:17–18 (Tāw) The psalm closes with a final expression of confidence: The desires of the afflicted, O Lord, you hear. As one might expect, the poetic references to the body feature prominently: You make firm their hearts, you make ready your ear. Throughout the psalm, a pressing issue has been that the wicked oppress the innocent. The psalm ends with the affirmation that God judges the wicked for the very purpose of protecting the innocent—there is no separation between the two actions.[2]


The Lord is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land. You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more (vv. 16–18). The psalmist ends with a song of complete confidence in the Lord, and he was so certain of being heard by him that he describes the result of his prayers as a present reality. He recognises that the Lord exercises his kingship over the whole land, and will even destroy the enemies from it. That thought is remarkable, because in the psalm the enemies are opponents within Israel. However, the concept of judgment on the enemies reminds him that God will also deal with the external enemies of Israel. Verse 17 contains the assurance that the prayers he has already expressed for the afflicted are indeed heard by God (notice the variety of terms the psalmist uses for the needy: weak, verse 2; innocent, verse 8; helpless, verse 12; fatherless, verses 14 and 18; afflicted, verse 17; oppressed, verse 18). What God does is to make the heart firm (niv ‘encourage’; for the negative use of this expression, see Ps. 78:8). Man, who boasts of his might, is but frail man (Heb., ʾenôsh, cf. Ps. 9:19) who will no longer be able to terrify others. He is ‘of the earth’, a mere earthling who cannot stand before the judge of all. This psalm reminds us that under persecution and oppression we must turn to God for relief. Our pattern is Jesus who, ‘when they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly’ (1 Pet. 2:23–24). The same epistle counsels us that if we suffer we are to commit ourselves to our faithful creator and continue to do good (1 Pet. 4:19).[3]


10:16–18 / The psalm’s closing verses return to hymnic forms, which do offer praise to God but also serve to remind him of the actions he must now reenact. Again, the verbal echoes tie the psalm into an integrated unit:

Psalm 9

 

Psalm 10

 

The Lord reigns forever (v. 7).

 

The Lord is king forever and ever (v. 16).

 

You have rebuked the nations …

 

The nations will perish from his land.

 

The memory of them has perished (vv. 5–6).

 

 

 

Nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish (v. 18).

 

You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted (vv. 16–17).

 

He will judge the world in righteousness …

 

judging the fatherless and the oppressed (v. 18).

 

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed (vv. 8–9).[4]

 

 

Declaring One’s Confidence in the Judge (10:16–18)

10:16–18. The psalm concludes with a declaration of praise: The Lord is King forever and ever. He has a confident look at the final, future state, when everyone will recognize the Lord for who He is and always has been—the true King of all the earth (cf. 47:7)—and nations (lit., “Gentiles,” i.e., those opposed to the true God and His people) will have perished from His land (i.e., all of the redeemed/recreated “new earth”; cf. Zch 14:9; Rv 21:1). The use of the past (i.e., perfect) tense verbal expression—in this case, have perished—is a common feature of prophetic-predictive statements in the OT and is intended to underscore the absolute certainty of a future event. Such events are described, as it were, from God’s timeless perspective, as if they had already happened. The Lord had heard the request of the humble and would vindicate the orphan and the oppressed. The man who is of the earth, the person who is not following God, will no longer cause terror because they will no longer be in power over the righteous and innocent (cf. 49:12, 20; 56:4, 11; 62:9; 118:6–9).[5]


16–18. Nothing can be more beautiful than this close. By strong faith in the divine goodness, though the Psalm began under the deepest sorrow, in the apprehension of God’s withdrawing, yet now, taking confidence in the faithfulness of Jehovah, here is full triumph. The cause of Christ, his Church, his redeemed, is God’s own cause; and while the Lord Jehovah is preparing mercy for his redeemed, and deliverance from all their enemies, he is preparing their hearts to receive it. And the deliverance shall be so great, their triumphs so complete, and their salvation so finished, that the man of sin shall no more be permitted to oppress them. Hallelujah. Amen.[6]


10:16–18. God is King

Because God is King, the nations that seek to destroy him and his people will come to nothing (v. 16). While the wicked person boasts about the cravings (tā’ăwâ, v. 3) of his heart, so God hears the desire (tā’ăwâ, v. 17) of his afflicted people and will encourage them. God takes care of those who are weak and vulnerable (the fatherless and the oppressed), with the result that no mere person will ever again strike terror in God’s people.

Meaning

The psalmist (of Pss 9 and 10) celebrates God’s past victories over the evil nations, while at the same time calling on him to intervene in the midst of a present crisis. The enemy in view is a hostile nation, although the threat leads the psalmist to reflect on the nature of the wicked man (10:2–11). While the psalmist believes God is absent at present (10:1), he is confident that he will have the final victory (10:16–18).

Christians today are in the midst of a spiritual battle (Eph. 6:10–20), but they can call on Jesus their Warrior to battle the ‘powers and authorities’. They can be confident that Jesus will have the final victory. Jesus himself was killed by wicked men (‘with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross’, Acts 2:23), but God had the final victory through the resurrection (‘it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him’, Acts 2:24).

While the psalmist speaks of the wicked man as opposed to the righteous (10:2–11), Paul cites verse 7 along with a number of other passages from Psalms and Isaiah in order to describe the pervasive sinfulness of all humanity (see Rom. 3:9–20). He makes this point in order to emphasize that our salvation is not the result of our own efforts, but rather through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (‘all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus’, Rom. 3:23–24).[7]


Ver. 17. Thou hast heard the desire of the humble.The desire of the humble encouraged:

  1. The characters here spoken of. Though there be great difference between man and man with regard to natural character, yet the truly humble before God are those only whom He has humbled. The humble are those whom God doth teach the plague of their own hearts. He humbles them by discoveries of themselves.
  2. The desires here spoken of. The soul of man is a restless principle. The souls of the humble ones do desire. The humble soul wants a clearer inward witness of his adoption; a renewed application of the blood of Christ to his conscience; a deeper sense of his acceptance in the Beloved; a closer walk with God.

III. The encouragements here spoken of. Three expressed in the text—

  1. “Thou hast heard the desire of the humble.”
  2. “Thou wilt prepare their heart.”
  3. “Thou wilt cause Thine ear to hear.” (J. Evans.)

The desire of the humble:

  1. Here is a character described—“the humble.” It is a characteristic of all Christians. Humility befits us if we regard—
  2. The meanness of our origin—“dust.”
  3. Our sinfulness.
  4. That pride is hateful in the sight of God. What evil it has wrought; how unwarrantable it is.
  5. But God hears the desire of the humble. What is that desire? It is to know the want of Himself. To have an interest in Christ. To think highly of others. To adore the goodness of God, and to be obedient to His will.
  6. God prepares such a heart.
  7. By giving conviction of sin.
  8. By encouraging trust in Christ.
  9. By giving desire after holiness.
  10. By emptying him of self.

III. God hears and answers prayer.

  1. Because they come in Christ’s name. Because—
  2. He is their Father.
  3. He Himself has bidden us pray; and
  4. Prepared their hearts to do so. He who will not pray has no excuse. (T. Scott, M.A.)

Thought-reading extraordinary:

  1. The lowliest form of prayer may be most true and acceptable. “The desire of the humble.” It is only a desire. It may not be uttered. Many prayers are very prettily expressed, in fact, so grandly that their tawdry fineries will not be tolerated in heaven. God will say, “They were meant for men, let men hear them.” The desire of the humble may not be recommended by any conscious attainments. If your stock-in-trade is made up of empty vessels, and little else, the Lord can deal with you as He did with the prophet’s widow, “who had empty vessels not a few.” Your little oil of grace He can multiply till every vessel is filled; and you may have no confident expectation. I would chide your unbelief, but I would encourage your desires, for that desire which God hears is not to be despised. Note that it is “the desire of the humble.” It has this advantage about it that it is free from pride. Now, to be humble is a sweet thing; there is no lovelier spot on the road to the Celestial City than the Valley of Humiliation: he that dwells in it dwells among flowers and birds, and may sing all day long. The desire of the humble is saturated with a gospel spirit, and therefore is acceptable to God.
  2. And He is quick to hear it. “Thou hast heard the desire.” This must be a Divine science. We hear much about thought-reading now. Whatever this may be, here is a wonderful instance of it with the Lord. It is an act which God has exercised in all ages. “Thou hast heard,” &c. It is a matter of frequent fact, the record of a deed.

III. The heart is the main matter in prayer. Desires are the fruit of the heart. “Thou wilt prepare their heart.” When a fair wind fills the sails of desire, then make all possible headway.

  1. God Himself prepares the hearts of His people. “Thou wilt prepare their heart.” I am rejoiced at this statement, because preparation is such an important business. And it is often difficult as it is important. Surely none but the Lord can prepare the heart for prayer. One old writer says it is far harder work to raise the big bell into the steeple than to ring it when it is there. This witness is true. In that uplifting of the heart lies the work and the labour. Now, God prepares the heart by restraining wandering thought, by giving us deep sense of need, and by working in us strong faith.
  2. Prayer from prepared hearts must be heard. “Thou wilt cause Thine ear to hear.” He will, for if God had love enough to prepare your heart He has grace enough to give you the blessing. His goodness and faithfulness ensure that He will. Where God leads you to pray, He means you to receive. Be comforted, therefore, you beginners in prayer. God is inclining His ear to catch the faintest moan of your spirit. (C. H. Spurgeon.)

The gracious desires and prayers of the humble:

Lord Bolingbroke once asked Lady Huntingdon how she reconciled prayer to God for particular blessings with absolute resignation to the Divine will. “Very easy,” answered her ladyship; “just as if I were to offer a petition to a monarch of whose kindness and wisdom I have the highest opinion. In such a case my language would be, ‘I wish you to bestow on me such a favour; but your majesty knows better than I how far it would be agreeable to you or right in itself to grant my desire. I therefore content myself with humbly presenting my petition, and leave the event of it entirely to you.’ ”[8]


Verse 17.—There is a humbling act of faith put forth in prayer. Others style it praying in humility; give me leave to style it praying in faith. In faith which sets the soul in the presence of that mighty God, and by the sight of him, which faith gives us, it is that we see our own vileness, sinfulness, and abhor ourselves, and profess ourselves unworthy of any, much less of those mercies we are to seek for. Thus the sight of God had wrought in the prophet (Isaiah 6:5), “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” And holy Job speaks thus (Job 42:5, 6), “Now mine eye seeth thee: wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” This is as great a requisite to prayer as any other act; I may say of it alone, as the apostle (James 1:7), that without it we shall receive nothing at the hands of God! God loves to fill empty vessels, he looks to broken hearts. In the Psalms how often do we read that God hears the prayers of the humble; which always involves and includes faith in it. Psalm 9:12, “He forgetteth not the cry of the humble,” and Psalm 10:17, “Lord thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou will prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear.” To be deeply humbled is to have the heart prepared and fitted for God to hear the prayer; and therefore you find the Psalmist pleading sub forma pauperis, often repeating, “I am poor and needy.” And this prevents our thinking much if God do not grant the particular thing we do desire. Thus also Christ himself in his great distress (Psalm 22), doth treat God (verse 2), “O my God, I cry in the day-time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season am not silent. Our fathers trusted in thee. They cried unto thee, and were delivered. But I am a worm, and no man; reproached of men, and despised of the people; (verse 6) “and he was “heard” in the end “in what he feared.” And these deep humblings of ourselves, being joined with vehement implorations upon the mercy of God to obtain, is reckoned into the account of praying by faith, both by God and Christ. Matt. 8.—Thomas Goodwin.

Verse 17.—“Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble.” A spiritual prayer is a humble prayer. Prayer is the asking of an alms, which requires humility. “The publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.” Luke 18:13. God’s incomprehensible glory may even amaze us and strike a holy consternation into us when we approach nigh unto him: “O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee.” Ezra 9:6. It is comely to see a poor nothing lie prostrate at the feet of its Maker. “Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes.” Gen. 18:27. The lower the heart descends, the higher the prayer ascends.—Thomas Watson.

Verse 17.—“Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble,” etc. How pleasant is it, that these benefits, which are of so great a value both on their own account, and that of the divine benignity from whence they come, should be delivered into our hands, marked, as it were, with this grateful inscription, that they have been obtained by prayer!—Robert Leighton.

Verse 17.—“The desire of the humble.” Prayer is the offering up of our desires to God in the name of Christ, for such things as are agreeable to his will. It is an offering of our desires. Desires are the soul and life of prayer; words are but the body; now as the body without the soul is dead, so are prayers unless they are animated with our desires: “Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble.” God heareth not words, but desires.—Thomas Watson.

Verse 17.—God’s choice acquaintances are humble men.—Robert Leighton.

Verse 17.—He that sits nearest the dust, sits nearest heaven.—Andrew Gray, of Glasgow, 1616.

Verse 17.—There is a kind of omnipotency in prayer, as having an interest and prevalency with God’s omnipotency. It hath loosed iron chains (Acts 16:25, 26); it hath opened iron gates (Acts 12:5–10); it hath unlocked the windows of heaven (1 Kings 18:41); it hath broken the bars of death (John 11:40, 43). Satan hath three titles given in the Scriptures, setting forth his malignity against the church of God: a dragon, to note his malice; a serpent, to note his subtlety; and a lion, to note his strength. But none of all these can stand before prayer. The greatest malice of Human sinks under the prayer of Esther; the deepest policy, the counsel of Ahithophel, withers before the prayer of David; the largest army, a host of a thousand Ethiopians, run away like cowards before the prayer of Asa.—Edward Reynolds, 1599–1676.[9]


[1] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, pp. 159–160). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Jacobson, R. A., & Tanner, B. (2014). Book One of the Psalter: Psalms 1–41. In E. J. Young, R. K. Harrison, & R. L. Hubbard Jr. (Eds.), The Book of Psalms (p. 143). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[3] Harman, A. (2011). Psalms: A Mentor Commentary (Vol. 1–2, pp. 150–151). Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

[4] Hubbard, R. L. J., & Johnston, R. K. (2012). Foreword. In W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston (Eds.), Psalms (p. 78). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

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“We Need A Full Investigation”: Bannon Accuses Pelosi, Schiff And MSM Of Colluding On 11th Hour Impeachment Bombshells | ZeroHedge News

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has called for a full investigation into coordination between Congressional Democrats and members of the media, after articles of impeachment against President Trump appear to have been deliberately ‘slow walked’ in order to coincide with two ‘bombshell’ developments in the Ukraine story.

Why did they time this? Why did they wait?” asked Fox Business host Trish Regan.

“First off, Rachel Maddow should be a witness of fact now. She should be brought in,” replied Bannon – referring to the seemingly coordinated media blitz surrounding Lev Parnas, an indicted former Rudy Goiliani associate whose undated, hand-written notes appear to support the claim that President Trump pressured Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden for corruption.

We ought to have all the emails and all the text messages between Schiff, between Nancy Pelosi, Phil Griffin at MSNBC News. We ought to bring the whole thing out. How did this get dropped? Why have they been working on this for so long? How did this just come about at the last second? She admitted she’s been working on this for months, and the House just got this. The Republicans didn’t even see this when the vote when down,” said Bannon, adding “This is now a complete farce.”

I think there was collusion between MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Lev Parnas’s attorneys, and the entire process.” -Steve Bannon

“So why did this not come forward earlier?” asks Regan.

“You know why, because they wanted to drop their “big reveal,” this was going be such a big bombshell. This is all total hearsay from a guy trying to talk his way into a lesser sentence because he’s already indicted. It’s so obvious what he’s trying to do.”

Adding to the collusion / ‘slow walk’ theory is the completion of a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requested by Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen, which found that President Trump’s pause of US aid to Ukraine violated the law. Of note, virtually every previous administration has received a similar nastygram from the GAO – just not the day after directly related impeachment articles were delivered to the Senate ahead of a trial.

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January 17, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts is poised to become a key figure in the political life of President Donald Trump.

Canada’s Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday to discuss Tehran’s shooting down of a Ukrainian airline last week, killing all 176 people on board, including 57 Canadians.

An opposition politician in Moscow urged Russians to take to the streets this weekend to protest against sweeping constitutional reforms floated by President Vladimir Putin.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday his government was monitoring the situation on his country’s southern border as a caravan of Central American migrants approached from Guatemala.

Hungarian Jews on Friday marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Budapest ghetto and the end of the Holocaust, which killed more than 500,000 Jews and destroyed a once-vibrant Jewish culture across Hungary.

The mayor of Biñan has ordered residents to collect ash blanketing homes, cars and roads and put it in sacks to be sent to a state-owned factory and turned into bricks. The facility can produce up to 5,000 bricks a day which will be used to rebuild schools damaged since Taal, one of the Philippines’ most active and deadliest volcanoes, began spewing massive clouds of ash, steam and gas on Sunday.

U.S. homebuilding surged to a 13-year high in December as activity increased across the board, suggesting the housing market recovery was back on track amid low mortgage rates, and could help support the longest economic expansion on record.

As cash runs short at Lebanon’s banks, so has the patience of depositors. Hit by restrictions on withdrawals, some are taking extreme steps, occupying branches and in one case taking an employee hostage, to squeeze what they can from their accounts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Friday it will review a petition asking the agency to formally investigate 500,000 Tesla Inc models over sudden unintended acceleration reports.

AP Top Stories

The Senate approved President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement on Thursday, handing the president a major political win on the same day senators will be sworn in as jurors in his impeachment trial.

The Philippines said Friday it was reimposing a ban on its citizens going to work in Kuwait after a Filipina was allegedly killed by her employer, echoing a 2018 row between the two countries.

The U.S. military is resuming operations against Islamic State militants in Iraq and is working to soon restart training Iraqi forces, U.S. officials said Wednesday, despite deep divisions over the American drone strike that killed a senior Iranian commander in Baghdad and the resulting missile attacks by Iran on Iraqi bases.

Guatemala’s new President Alejandro Giammattei cut diplomatic ties with the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday and ordered the closure of its embassy in Caracas.

In her first term, President Tsai Ing-Wen secured more than $10 billion in high-profile U.S. weapons to defend Taiwan against China. Over the next four years, it may be more important to acquire less glamorous, but nimbler weapons to prevent Beijing from considering an invasion.

A Pakistani court has sentenced 86 members of a radical Islamist party to 55-year prison terms each for taking part in violent rallies in 2018 over the acquittal of a Christian woman in a blasphemy case, a party official said Friday.

A major healthcare conference in San Francisco this week has sparked a debate about the California city’s homeless crisis as wealthy executives and investors complain of feeling ‘unsafe’.

The Taliban have given the U.S. envoy a document outlining their offer for a temporary ceasefire in Afghanistan that would last between seven and 10 days, Taliban officials familiar with the negotiations said Thursday.

The Trump administration warned European officials in three countries that if they didn’t put Iran on notice about nuclear deal violations, the US government would slap a 25% tariff on all European cars.

BBC

China’s birth rate has fallen to its lowest since the formation of the People’s Republic of China 70 years ago – despite the easing of the one-child policy.

Three brothers from Scotland have set three world records after rowing the Atlantic Ocean in just 35 days.

WND

Arguing the Founders “understood that no right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous, and virtuous society than the right to follow one’s religious convictions,” President Trump announced new protections Thursday for prayer and religious expression in public schools.

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. said he will “call for civil disobedience” if Virginia Democrats pass several gun control bills during this year’s General Assembly session.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Jan. 17, 2020

The Foundation

“It is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our Government… Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

Schiff Show Gets Underway in Senate

As the Senate trial starts, Dems engage in an underhanded effort to pressure Republicans.


Religious Liberty Finds an Ally in Trump

The administration issues new guidance to protect faith expression in public schools.


People Who Hate Their Country Won’t Serve It

Is it any wonder that our military lacks representation from urban and coastal population centers?


Yes, Virginia, There Are Second Amendment Defenders

Gun-rights proponents continue to clash with state Democrats over gun-grabbing legislation.


Putin Proposes Russia Return to Tyranny

His aim is to consolidate his hold on power following the end of his term in 2024.


Impeachment Fatigue

From Inauguration Day to the present, Democrats have been after impeachment.


Video: Brian Mast Challenges Soleimani Sympathizers

Army EOD veteran Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) stopped the Democrats’ show testimony.


Video: Bernie Sanders Field Op Defends Gulags

Rogue staffer — or not? Anthony Brian Logan discusses the implications.


Video: Standing Up for Women

We should be standing up for the women of Iran. Here’s the Simple Truth.


Video: Who Lied — Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, or Both?

Michael Knowles breaks down Warren’s accusation and the support she received from CNN.



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Friday News Executive Summary

Another trade victory, school prayer guidance, Comey probed, and more.


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Rapture Ready News

Christians see ‘alarming’ trend worldwide as China builds ‘blueprint of persecution’
Shortly before President Trump signed phase one of the historic trade deal with China, a Chinese pastor described the fear and intimidation believers are enduring under the Communist government.

BREAKING: Bernie Sanders field operative exposed as radical eco-fascist, demands mass killings of conservatives to save “the entire human race” and “planet Earth”
More shocking video has been released of Bernie Sanders campaign employee Kyle Jurek, who was caught on video by journalists working for Project Veritas Action, founded by James O’Keefe.

Oman hit by 4 months’ worth of rain in 1 day, severe flash floods and freezing temperatures
Heavy rain triggered flash flooding across parts of Oman on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, with temperatures plummeting below freezing and snow in some areas.

The Virginia Gun Rights Conflict: Best And Worst Case Scenarios
…this is an establishment beta test for the rest of the country, …to start a conflict in the hopes that this will spread into a national civil war.  This kind of scheme would require accelerated and violent enforcement of gun laws…

Brutal cold snap brings death toll to at least 170 in Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan
Heavy snow, rain, and frigid temperatures across Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan continue to trigger avalanches that have brought the death toll to at least 170, as of Thursday, January 16, 2020.

California’s Environmentalist Democrats Force Children to Swim in Diluted Sewage
E. coli levels at beaches are supposed to be at 88 or below, and anything over 1,000 is supposed to lead to a beach closure. At 500, there’s a 10% chance of gastroenteritis and a 4% risk of febrile respiratory disease. But at Discovery Park, the numbers went as high as 2419.6 in December 2019.

Report: 260 million Christians Face ‘High Levels of Persecution’
Christian persecution around the globe reached an unprecedented level at the end of 2019, with over 260 million Christians facing “high levels of persecution,” Open Doors revealed Wednesday.

Global Turmoil Abounds As Researchers Now Saying That Over 40% Of The World’s Population Is Going To Experience Civil Unrest In 2020
Speaking of civil unrest, we told you way back in 2009, that God placed Barack Obama in office as a judgment on America, and it certainly was that. You can thank Obama for legalized same-sex marriage, transgenders as a protected class, billions in funding to our enemy Iran, taxpayer-funded abortion in Obamacare, and the list goes on an on. When Donald Trump was elected, and we warned you before he was elected, that God was going to use that in something we called the global shaking. Nice to see that in 2020, the elite researchers have finally caught up to us.

BREAKING: Democrats conspiring to stage false flag bloodshed on Jan. 20th in Virginia – “Charlottesville 2.0” – in order to ignite a civil war and mass chaos
 The stage is being set by Democrats and the complicit left-wing media (CNN) to turn Jan. 20th “Lobby Day” in Richmond, Virginia into a false flag bloodbath that will attempt to frame gun owners as terrorists and provide the justification for state-wide martial law and the confiscation of all firearms from citizens.

45-Year-Old Man Caught With Child Pornography Says He ‘Identifies’ As An 8-Year-Old Girl
“I’ve always been an 8-year-old girl, and even in my drawings and fantasies I’m always an 8-year-old girl,”


Headlines – 1/17/2020

Kingmaker Liberman says coalition almost a done deal, but unclear what changed

U.S. Lobbies Foreign Parliaments to Undermine Aid to Palestinian Refugees, UNRWA Chief Charges

Balloons from Gaza carrying suspected explosives land in south as tensions rise

IDF strikes Hamas in Gaza in response to explosive balloons from Strip

Hamas says it won’t accept Israel dragging feet on lifting Gaza blockade

Hundreds of worshipers riot on Temple Mount

Police break up ‘disorderly conduct’ at Temple Mount after hundreds march, chant

US synagogues should not arm ordinary congregants, Jewish security agency says

Hezbollah’s pursuit of precision missiles fateful for 2020

Around 350,0000 People Have Fled Idlib Since Russian-backed Offensive in December, UN Says

Syrian airstrikes in Idlib leave at least 21 dead despite ceasefire

Erdogan Says Turkey Starting Troop Deployment to Libya

France to deploy aircraft carrier to support Middle East operations

Pentagon acknowledges 11 US troops were hurt in Iran missile strike

Rouhani says Iran wants dialogue, working daily to ‘prevent war’

Amid internal unrest, Khamenei says Trump is a ‘clown’ who will betray Iranians

Rouhani says Iran enriching more uranium than before nuclear deal

US threatens tariffs on Europeans unless Iran nuke deal scrapped

Germany confirms Trump made trade threat to Europe over Iran policy

Zarif: Europe succumbed to ‘bully’ Trump

Ottawa demands answers on Iran plane crash as compensation sought

Canada: ‘Iran must assume full responsibility’ for downed plane

Iran calls on world not to make downing of passenger plane ‘political’

Iran’s top leader to lead Friday prayers at time of crisis, in first since 2012

Griffiths: Peace in Yemen could be achieved this year

US must be involved on Afghanistan after troops leave, says Pakistan

Putin cements power as Russian lawmakers approve his new PM

Putin Shake-Up Could Keep Him in Power Past 2024 as PM, Cabinet Step Aside

How Putin’s Shake-up of Russian Politics Could Keep Him in Power Indefinitely

China birth rate hits lowest level since 1949, adding to concerns that an aging society and shrinking workforce will pile pressure on a slowing economy

Nearly 1 in 4 countries saw jump in protests, civil unrest in 2019, study finds

Almost 40% of the world’s countries will witness civil unrest in 2020, research claims

‘A new world disorder’: Global leaders head to Davos 2020 in search of stability

‘Sowing seeds of division’: Iraqi refugee launches bid to unseat Ilhan Omar

Historic Trump impeachment trial begins in Senate

Pelosi hands out souvenir pens, Dems slammed for gloating as House delivers Trump impeachment articles

‘Unusual’ And ‘Jarring’: CNN Panel Questions Pelosi’s Souvenir Impeachment Pens

CNN’s bias is now beyond laughable

Senate trial ‘should go very quickly,’ predicts President Trump

Giuliani associate: Trump had knowledge of Ukraine pressure campaign

Giuliani associate names Trump, Pence, more in Ukraine plan

Giuliani Pal Lev Parnas Accuses Trump of Clear Quid Pro Quo: ‘All Aid’ Was Predicated on Biden Investigation Announcement

Federal watchdog: White House violated law in freezing Ukraine aid

Ukraine Asks FBI to Help Probe Suspected Russian Hack of Company in Trump Impeachment

Pelosi rips ‘shameful’ Facebook behavior, accuses it of intentionally misleading users

US officials ground drones over espionage fears

Displaced by the earthquake, Puerto Ricans cope with constant aftershocks and uncertainty

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits the Ascension Island region

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits North of Ascension Island

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near San Jeronimo Ixtepec, Mexico

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Alotau, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Iquique, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Laiwui, Indonesia

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 27,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuado erupts to 17,000ft

Philippine residents retrieve pets, belongings amid threat of volcano eruption

Oman hit by 4 months’ worth of rain in 1 day, severe flash floods and freezing temperatures

Engineer Recommends Draining Mississippi Lake as Pressure Increases on Imperiled Dam

‘Almost apocalyptic’: American firefighters battle Aussie wildfires

170 people sickened at Yosemite National Park after likely norovirus outbreak

Thailand finds second case of new Chinese virus, says no outbreak

Disease that killed millions of China’s pigs poses global threat

How war and misinformation are complicating the DRC’s Ebola battle

Drug epidemic likely ‘killing more Americans than we think’

More police officers died by suicides than on duty in 2019, advocacy group says

Gay inmates tie the knot inside Cyprus prison

Trump announces school prayer guidance; 9 agencies draft religious freedom rules


Apostasy Watch

Friday 1-17-20

Gary DeMar – Is the Bible the Original Communist Manifesto?

Ray Yungen – The New Age Christian—An Accepted Oxymoron

Dead Baby in a Cooler: Brownsville’s “Wake Up Olive” Moment

South African Pastor Mboro allegedly visits hell, battled and killed satan

UK School Suggests Kids Engage in ‘Naked Art Classes’ to Help Self Esteem

Trump updates school prayer guidance: ‘We will uphold religious liberty’

Kamala Harris, Pro-Abortion Groups Want to Stop Judicial Confirmations During Bogus Impeachment Trial


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Rand Paul Is Right: If The Senate Wants Impeachment Witnesses, They Have To Call Hunter Biden

Do Democrats really care about the getting to the bottom of the allegations against Trump, or do they just want a show trial?

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