Daily Devotional, Year 2 – AUGUST 16 (Psalm 101, Part 2: Separation)

By admin On August 29th, 2015

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 “Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – AUGUST 16

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Psalm 101, Part 2: Separation 

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“A Psalm of David. I will sing of mercy and judgment:

unto thee, O LORD, will I sing. 

I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way.

O when wilt Thou come unto me?

I will walk within my house with a perfect heart….”

Psalm 101:1, 2
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The above words are the beginning words from Psalm 101. It is a rather short Psalm. And yet it is a very poignant and memorable Psalm! (To read entire Psalm, scroll down this page)

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It paints a picture of a man in his house, who makes vows unto his God concerning his future behavior! But this man is apparently waiting for the Lord to visit and bless him, because he says, “Oh when will You (God) come unto me?”

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David the Shepherd Boy – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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A BEGINNING COLLEGE COURSE

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Now the name of this devotional is “Repentance 101”, alluding to some beginning college course, which beginning college courses are often called 101, as opposed to intermediate courses which are called “202”, and advanced courses, “303”

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But we will refer to this Psalm as “Repentance 101”, because it presents some basic principles about what it means to prepare one’s heart for the Lord to make His abode in that Believer’s heart!

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College Lecture Hall – Wikimedia – Share-alike License 3.0

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And so, the remainder of this little Psalm speaks of the various reforms which the Psalmist will make, in hopes that the Lord will come quickly into the fulness of spiritual glorification.

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David the Shepherd Boy – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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A PSALM OF CHRIST & A PSALM FOR US TOO!

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Now this Psalm is a Messianic Psalm of David. And so it applies to the thoughts of Christ, and His relationship to His Father.

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And yet, these Messianic Psalms can also apply to the individual Believer too!

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And that will be our focus today.

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Jesus with little children – www.lavistachurchofchrist.org – Creative Commons Attribution – Non-commercial use

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A PSALM OF SEPARATIONhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Braet_von_%C3%9Cberfeldt_woman_with_bible_1866.jpg

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Now the Psalm begins by making vows… “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt Thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.” Psalm 101:2-4

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Now from this above passage, we see this to be a Psalm of separation.

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Yes, Psalm 101 is a Psalm about separating from those who are wicked, and from their ungodly influences!

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Woman with Bible – Braet von Überfeldt – 1866 – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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BAD ASSOCIATIONS

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Listen again…“I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt Thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.”

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The Psalmist is concerned about the corrupting influences of the wicked.

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Listen… “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1st Corinthians 15:33

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Oh yes, he understands that when his Lord does finally and fully inhabits his heart, that will bring true perfection. And he longs for that day!

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And so, this Psalmist makes vows to separate himself from all gossips, slanderers, liars, flatterers, and angry persons, and worldly-minded pretenders who come into the Church with their malignant influences!

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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A PROPHECY FOR TODAY!

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Now, this particular Psalm seems to be a Psalm for this very day in which we now live. 

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Because notice that it. says…“I will set no wicked thing before my eyes!”

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Well, isn’t it true that today is a day in which Mankind is able to set wicked things before our eyes?

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Yes, the television, radio, and Internet (plus all other reading material), are easily accessible to most every man, woman, and child. And the very low-level character-types described in this Psalm are seen literally everywhere on television, Internet and also heard on radio, etc.!

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ABOVE PICTURE: TV indoctrination – www.signsofheaven.org

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SCRIPTURAL PROOF-TEXT?

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Now does the Bible confirm this concept of separation?

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Listen to Paul’s exhortation… “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?…Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 1st Corinthians 6:14, 17, 18

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This New Testament passage from 2nd Corinthians 6:14-18 conveys the same basic idea that Psalm 101 presents! 

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Chaplain reads Bible – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION

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Well, the Good News to all this is that today is still the day of repentance!

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Yes, there is still time to return to the Lord with weeping and mourning and vows. And these two passages (Psalm 101 & 1st Corinthians 6:14-18) are a good place to start up that road to redemption!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

 

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PSALM 101

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101:1 A Psalm of David. I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.
101:2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt Thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart

101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
101:4 A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.
101:5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
101:6 Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
101:7 He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.
101:8 I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the City of the LORD.

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David the Shepherd Boy – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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TO READ PART 3, GO HERE…AUGUST 17 (Psalm 101, Part 3: Crucifying The Old Man!)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the desire to search out all these things. And give me the desire to purify my heart and conform my life into Thy image…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… How To Be Hidden in the Day of Wrath, or you can also read this shorter article… JULY 22 (The False Prophet, Part 8: The Biggest Lie In The Church!) 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE NARROW WAY: THE PILGRIM’S PATHWAY

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That world-shaking allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, picked up the theme of the Narrow Gate. The hero of the story was Christian, a man who was warned to flee from the City of Destruction (the world), and to embark on a journey to the Heavenly City. And along the way, Christian encountered many adventures and dangers. This first of its kind allegorical book absolutely rocked the western world, and became perhaps the first million seller book (along with http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pilgrim%27s_Progress_2.JPGthe Bible).

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But God has also given this same Narrow Way parable in the night heavens! Incredible? Yes, incredible…and amazing too! And though these two stars can hardly be considered a constellation, but when sitting next to the two stars which comprise the Broad Gate, well, it makes a powerful statement, for the people of God. 

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So please come along on this journey and find out just why this pathway graces the night heavens, and perhaps you might find yourself embarking on your own pilgrimage up that very same Narrow pathway.

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Pilgrim’s Progress Enters The Wicket Gate-Wikipedia public domain

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LOCATION

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Winter Constellations in West

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This most amazing phenomenon is seen throughout the winter. Although it can be observed most of the winter, it is seen best when it is the western part of the sky, at winter’s end (The end of winter being the final scene of this heavenly Gospel story). Orion , the Dragon, and the Glorious White Horse are beginning to descend into the western horizon (sketch to right is Winter Constellations descending into western horizon. This can actually be seen as early as December, in the pre-dawn hours).

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And at this point it is apparent that the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation  is veering toward the two bright stars, known as Castor and Pollux (sketch to below left). But the Wide Gate Stars are composed of the two brightest stars of the Auriga Constellation, known as the star, Capella, and the star, Menkalinan. The two stars, Castor and Pollux, make up the concept of the Orion’s Narrow Gate Stars.

Revelation 12 Woman & Orion's Gate & Wide Gate.

This can even be observed into June in the western sky (for a short time just after dark). While a dark night is best for seeing the Woman Constellation, the 4 stars which comprise the Narrow Gate/Wide Gate Stars can be seen even under mediocre conditions. It begins with the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation (AKA Ursa Major) going towards these two doors.

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The sketch to left shows, the two doors are each composed of two bright stars. The two bright stars that comprise the Narrow Gate are the two brightest stars of the Orion the Reaper’s sickle. The two stars that comprise the ‘Wide Gate’ Stars are the two brightest stars of the wave of water that comes out of the Dragon Constellation’s mouth (for explanation of “Wave of Water”, just click here). The stars that make up the ‘Narrow Gate’ are about half the width of the Wide Gate (see sketch to right).

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Revelation 12 Woman chooses Narrow Way

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(For more information on Orion’s sickle, just click here,“Orion The Reaper”.)

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Editor’s note: These sketches on this page are merely sketches. The stars are not in their exact place. However, they are close enough to find them in the night sky. But as with most stars, it takes persistence to finally locate them.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Revelation 12 Woman & The Narrow Gate Stars (Orion’s Gate to Heaven)

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TOMORROW…

AUGUST 17 (Repentance 101, Part 2: Crucifying The Old Man!)

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