Posted by: Pauline | July 1, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday July 8

Psalm 48

The modern-day reader of the psalm may have trouble identifying with the psalmist’s emphasis on Jerusalem as a city God had uniquely chosen as His dwelling place. The psalmist expresses great confidence that God will defend this city against its enemies, which are also His enemies. While such confidence was intended to be in God and not in the city itself, we know from history that later the people did put unwarranted trust in the idea that God would never let the city be destroyed – which we know it was, more than once.

But we can read the psalm as an expression of trust in God Himself. And one interpretation of the psalm identifies the context not as the past but the future, a prophecy of a time when God will indeed defeat all the enemies of His people, when He will finally bring His kingdom to earth, and His city will be in fact “the joy of the whole earth.”

2 Corinthians 12:3-10′

No one likes being weak, and our culture teaches us not to admit to weakness. It would appear that Paul was no more eager than any of us to embrace weakness, but God taught him that his own weakness was a way for him to experience God’s power. It must have been a painful lesson to learn, physically as well as emotionally and spiritually, but having learned it, Paul knew the reality of God’s grace in his life in a much deeper way.

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