Bible reading for July 13.
"These are the inheritances that Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the heads of the fathers' houses of the tribes of the people of Israel distributed by lot at Shiloh before the LORD, at the entrance of the tent of meeting. So they finished dividing the land." (Joshua 19:51)
FINAL ALLOTMENTS. The last seven divisions of the land are determined by casting lots. Each tribe would be expected to complete the subjugation of their designated territory. The tribe of Simeon would come to share Judah's inheritance, since it was a large region. Dan was unable to maintain their original allotment and so moved northward toward Mount Hermon. The tent of meeting (tabernacle) will remain at Shiloh until the days of Samuel, and then later it would be moved to Jerusalem.
"Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!" (Psalm 150:6)
STRAIGHT UP PRAISE. The last two psalms conclude the book with calls to worship God. Psalm 149 focuses on the joy of God's salvation (v 2, 4). The Lord delights in his children, and we are to rejoice in him with music and dancing. But we are not to forget that we live in the presence of enemies (Ps 23:4-5) and should never in this life lay down our weapons (2 Cor 10:3-5). Herman Bavinck wrote, "Truth always seeks to be honored as truth and can never be at peace with error and deception." Psalm 150 concludes by calling all of creation to worship God (vv 1, 6), to praise him for his character and works (v 2), to praise him with music and dance (vv 3-4), and to praise him resoundingly (v 5). "In commanding us to glorify him, God is inviting us to enjoy him" (C. S. Lewis). And Thomas Watson once wrote, "Praise is a soul in flower." We were created to know God, and worship is that knowledge in bloom.
"I'll praise my Maker while I've breath,
And when my voice is lost in death,
Praise shall employ my nobler powers;
My days of praise shall ne'er be past,
While life, and thought, and being last
Or immortality endures."
(Isaac Watts hymn)
Image credit: photo above is of the worship team at the Basics Conference at Parkside Church in 2019.
We are following the Robert Murray M'Cheyne (RMM) two-year reading schedule, as arranged by D. A. Carson.
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