GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"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.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

June 12 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 38-44

The ONLY DRINK that will REALLY SATISFY: "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?" (Psalms 42:1-2)

Psalm 42 is a contemplation of the sons of Korah along with several other psalms (44–49). Korah was the great-grandson of Levi who had rebelled against the leadership of the High Priest Aaron (Num. 16:1–2). However, his own sons did not participate in the evil deeds long with their father and others, and ended up as leaders in Israel’s worship (1 Chron. 6:32–38).

This psalm is the cry of a person detached from the worship of God in Jerusalem and is now sighing for the house of God. This portrays an intense longing for God and his desire to worship God with others in the temple (Ps. 42:4). This is also the voice of a spiritual believer under depression who is longing for the renewal of the divine presence while struggling with doubts and fears but yet holding on to the faith in the living God.

The psalmist’s “thirst” for God must be seen not only in the comparison he made (“as the deer pants after streams of water”), but also against the background of the desert where he was currently. To him, fresh water to drink was not just a refreshing luxury–it was tantamount to staying alive itself! For the psalmist, his thirst for God’s presence was comparable to the thirst of a deer dehydrated and craving for a drink of water.

Do we have a similar thirst for God as well? Or, are we satisfied with what the world is offering us so far as substitute ‘artificial’ drinks?

When Jesus spoke to the Samaritan women by the well in Sychar, this is what He told her: "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:13-14) The water that Jesus was referring to was the Holy Spirit that He poured on the believers on the Day of Pentecost. The evidence for that is found in John 7:37-39: On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Let us understand that ONLY GOD can satisfy our real thirst. Let us respond to God’s invitation: "Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters…" (Isaiah 55:1). For God alone can satisfy our inward longing: "For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness." (Psalms 107:9)

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