"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.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

June 16 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 68-71

DECLARING God’s POWER to the PRESENT GENERATION: "O God, You have taught me from my youth; and to this day I declare Your wondrous works. Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come." (Psalms 71:17-18)

Psalm 71 is the testimony of an old man who is reflecting on God’s goodness to him over the years but who also had ongoing needs in his old age (v. 9). As he is being threatened by those who would harm him (v. 13), he prays that God will continue to preserve him (v. 18), and promises to proclaim God’s name to all who will hear him (v. 16). He then hopes that beyond this life God will vindicate the sufferings of this world with renewed life in the world to come (v. 20). This psalm can be divided into four parts: reflection on the past (vv. 1–6), request for the present (vv. 7–12), resolution for the future (vv. 13–18), and restoration at the end (vv. 19–24).

As the psalmist reflects on his past life, he is aware of one thing – God has taught him many things from his youth. He has gone through different life experiences from his young age until now, and these experiences have taught him lessons that are always useful and important. One of the lessons was that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).  Another lesson would be “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalms 23:1). As an old man, the psalmist reflects on the countless ways how God had intervened during his life journey and had taught him invaluable lessons that are so precious to him. He had leaned on God many times and could speak about His all sufficiency to the new generation. So, the psalmist prays to God that he may be able to transmit his testimony to the youth so that they may be trained in the fear of God, and get intimately acquainted with the power of God so that they would be inspired to walk by faith as well.

The best gift that we can give to our present generation is to declare to them the strength and power of God that has worked in our lives. Just like the psalmist requests God to keep him alive until he has declared God’s strength to his generation and God’s power to the youth, let our prayer be that we too can pass on the lessons that we have learned during our life’s journey to our next generation so that they also will follow God intimately. Truly, that will be our life’s greatest achievement!

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