Friday, August 01, 2014

August 1, 2014 … City of Refuge

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 213

Devotional Song: Go to this link  – Please take your time to see a lyrical video of Phillips, Craig, and Dean singing the classic song about God’s mercy … He’ll Do Whatever It Takes, proclaiming the truth as to God’s desire that all of His children would be saved from the justice we deserve as sinners.

Highlight Passage: Psalm 59: 16 … [NKJV] …
I will sing of Your power; yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; for You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble. 
Highlight Context - NKJV: Psalm 59: 10-17 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK

Reference Passage #1 - NKJV: Lamentations 3: 22-23 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK … God’s heart of mercy is new every day!! …  

Reference Passage #2 - NKJV: Romans 10: 9-13 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK  The plan of salvation is laid out in all its simplicity …  

Reference Passage #3: 2nd Peter 3: 9 … [NKJV] …
  9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Bill Crowder, takes all of its readers (and that’s me!) back to an Old Testament concept established by God in ancient Israel whereby someone who had committed an accidental homicide could flee to a “City of Refuge” (see attached photo) in order to be able to confess and receive refuge, asylum, mercy, and life from having been a part of the death of another, which would ordinarily, under God’s Law, require a death for a death.

As Crowder writes in ODB: ” This concept [of the “City of Refuge”], however, was not intended to be simply a practice for ancient Israel. More than that, cities of refuge reflected the heart of God for all people. He Himself longs to be our safe haven and our city of refuge in the failures, heartaches, and losses of life.” [See the Reference Scriptures linked or copied above.]

And if you take in the linked song and the Scriptures David wrote [in the highlight passages] when he was trying to escape the unjust pursuits of King Saul, you’ll see how David had faith in God as his refuge, just as we should continually be thankful that our Lord, Jesus, is our “City of Refuge” from our own sinful selves. And I pray that we all have fled to Him for His mercy and for His salvation.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, I pray all who read here have come to you as our “City of Refuge” for Your saving grace! … Amen

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