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.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

June 14 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 52-59

Taking our BURDENS to GOD in PRAYER: "As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice." (Psalms 55:16-17)

Bible scholars have suggested that King David was in a foreign city (away from Jerusalem) when he penned Psalm 55. David complained to God because of “the voice of the enemy” and the “oppression of the wicked” (v. 3). He was burdened and terrified of death (vv. 4-5) and he wanted to flee away from his problems or fly away from the storms in his life (vv. 6-8).

King David’s problems happened because he was betrayed, not by anybody but by his trusted friend (vv. 12-14).  We can assume that David was referring to the disloyalty of his counselor Ahithophel, whose duplicity contributed to David’s having been forced into exile (2 Sam. 15:12; 16:15–23; 17:14). He perhaps was the “friend” referred to in Psalm 55:13. In a strong imprecation David urged God to deal with these traitors as they deserved (v. 15). Their hypocritical professions of friendship were treacherous (vv. 20–21), but God would have the last word, vindicating the righteous and condemning the wicked (vv. 22–23).

At the moment of crisis in his life, King David took his burdens to God in prayer (v. 16). He called for help from God as he prayed and cried aloud at least three times of the day (v. 17). We know that God heard those prayers of David and restored back his kingdom by defeating the counsel of Ahithophel to his son Absalom.

At times when our lives get fragmented as different problems arise in our lives, we should also take our burden to God in prayer. "Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved." (Psalms 55:22) Our prayers can help to defragment our lives, and God will show us what to God and what only He can do for us. God is always available to hear our prayers as He truly cares for us.

Let us remember what our Lord Jesus Christ has promised us: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matt 11:28-30) Let us boldly sing the words of the famous hymn penned by Joseph Scriven:

“What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer!”

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