"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Friday, June 10, 2011

June 10 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 23-31

HIDING in the SECRET PLACE of GOD for REFUGE: "One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock." (Psalms 27:4-5)

Psalms 27 is a timeless poem written by King David, where he first of all expresses his confidence in God (vv. 1-3) and his love of communion with God in His temple (vv. 4-6). David then concludes with an acknowledgment of the sustaining power of faith in his own case (vv. 7-11), and an exhortation to others to follow his example (vv. 12-14).

There is a place of refuge from the storms of this life, which is called the ‘secret place’ (v. 5). This is the place where God hides His beloved – this is the sanctuary of His presence. We can read about this in one of the other prayers of David: "You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues" (Psalms 31:20). This was the sanctuary that David looked to see God’s power and glory when he was in the wilderness (Psalms 63:1-2). This secret place is like the eye of the storm – an inner sanctuary of peace and tranquility.

In order to dwell in the ‘secret place’ of God, there are six important principles that we need to remember (based on Psalms 27:1-5):
  1. Remember to have confidence in God (v. 1)
  2. Remember to commit ourselves to God (v. 4)
  3. Remember to live near to God always (v. 4)
  4. Remember to love God from the heart (v. 4)
  5. Remember to lean on God during trouble (v. 5)
  6. Remember to take comfort in God always (v. 5)
When we hide in the secret place of God during trouble, He will secure and protect us from any calamity that might happen in our lives. 

Let us take assurance from the words of the psalmist: He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust." Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. (Psalms 91:1-4)

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