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I've never owned a NRSV Bible before. When I opened NRSV Simple Faith Bible, Comfort Print: Following Jesus into a Life of Peace, Compassion, and Wholeness, and began to read verses it was like the Bible had a whole new meaning.
Each word radiated off the page and it was clear and easy to understand.
I've never absorbed the Bible as I did with NRSV Simple Faith Bible,
As I began reading Psalm 146 (Praise for God’s Help)
1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! 2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long. 3 Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. 4 When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.
5 Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God, 6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; 7 who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free; 8 the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. 9 The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. 10 The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord!
This chapter jumped out at me and uplifted my soul as I was facing a difficult time in my life. BUT the next page shook me to my core, page 732 of NRSV Simple Faith Bible.
"OUR TRUST AN HOPE"
"Psalm 146:5: Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God
As we look around us for a foundation on which to build a life, all too often we turn to things we perceive as certain and sure, only to find out they ultimately fail us.
It may be a political leader who, we hope, will finally bring out change that is truly needed in our country
It may be a life goal for us like the final payment to our home mortgage
It may be a career.
In the end, however, all these things will eventually prove to be shifting sand for the foundation of our life.
Who or What, then, can we turn to? The psalmist clearly tells us: our trust and hope is to rest in the Lord, our God, the creator of the universe. The psalmist calls us to trust in the God who gave us life, to whom we owe:
our very existence
He gives us love itself, and he never changes. He will never die, and one day he will return to take us to be with him in heaven.
But what is this great, unchanging God really like? What kind of God is the psalmist calling us to trust in? Verse 7-9 beautifully describe him as the God who is not primarily interested in the power and glory, but rather in giving food to the poor. in liberating the oppressed, in protecting the defenseless.
He is a God who loves to bring good things to those who most need it and free people from things that enslave them. In fact, when we look at the life of Jesus, who represents God the father perfectly for us (see John 14:9-10), what do we see?
Someone who desired to be in the company of the rich? of the powerful? of the prestigious? NO; instead he sought out the poor, the despised, the physically impaired.
If Jesus were living on earth today, he very well might live in a government housing project - or maybe among the oppressed in some nation where people live in great need.
As we place our trust in our powerful, loving, unchanging God, we ourselves gain the strength and the ability to carry out Jesus' commands to emulate him in our daily lives (see Matthew 16:24). We can work to alleviate the suffering of those lying on the street, under a newspaper or who turn eyes hungry for friendship towards us as we walk by (Luke 10:25-37)
We can reach out to children who come from homes where there is little love and nurturing. We can begin to breakdown the shell of protection that we have built around ourselves and reach out to help others in all kinds of situations. Serving others is one way we can imitate the psalmist and praise our great God for his goodness to us.
What are some things that Jesus did on earth that resemble the psalmist description of God's care for his people?
What are some ways you can praise God by serving others?
We are empowered by God to meet all of life's challenges. We underestimate our own strength - with God!
How did this make you feel when you read this? Were you jumping out of your chair like I did?
This NRSV Simple Faith Bible is a game-changer when it comes to your Bible Study.
NRSV Simple Faith Bible has a PONDER & PRAY Section.
PONDER: Psalm 121:1 I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my help come?
PRAY: Creator God, Maker of heaven and earth, we pause for a few minutes and look more deeply into the messages of the psalm. And we pray that through the blessings of these words, our hearts might be permanently impressed with the truth of your abiding love and protection, for your majesty and grace. Thank you for watching over our lives, We extend our thanks, our praise, and our faith in our savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN.
According to the publisher, Carter’s relentless desire for peace, compassion, and wholeness permeates the notes of this Bible.
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