"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 23, 2011

June 23 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 111-118

DELIGHT in READING & MEDITATING God’s WORD: "Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments." (Psalms 112:1)

Psalms 111 and 112 begin each phrase with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet and is referred to as an acrostic. Psalm 112 is a ‘wisdom’ psalm and generally regarded as an exposition of Psalms 111:10, presenting the happiness of those who fear and obey God, and contrasting the fate of the ungodly. The psalmist connects blessing to covenant obedience through reading and meditating on God’s word (v. 1), which involved not only worship of the Lord but also attention to the needs of those around him who were suffering deprivation and persecution (vv. 8–9).

Psalms 112 starts with declaring a person blessed (divine favored) who does two things: (a) Fears God (has a holy reverence of God); and (b) Delights in reading and meditating God’s word. We need to understand that belief determines behavior, and that is why it is so important to have a true view of God which is obtained only from His word. When we have a true view of God, our lives will prioritize in doing the things that please God. When we please God, He will reward us with seven great blessings that are listed in Psalm 112:
  1. Our children will be blessed (v. 2)
  2. We will enjoy abundance of wealth and prosperity (v. 3)
  3. We will bless others with what we have (v. 5)
  4. We will not be distressed when calamities happen in our lives (vv. 7-8)
  5. We will help the poor and the downtrodden (v. 9a)
  6. We will be honored among people, and this honor will last beyond our lifetime (v. 9)
  7. Our enemies will envy us but will not be able to bring us down (v. 10)
A good example in the Bible who experienced all these blessings is Job, whose life reflected all the above blessings even though he went through tragic situations in his life. Let us delight in reading and meditating on God’s word every day. If we do that, we can also be assured of stability and strength (“like a tree planted by the rivers of water”), fruitfulness (“that brings forth its fruit in its season”) and endurance (“whose leaf also shall not wither”). To summarize, there will be prosperity in our lives (“whatever he does shall prosper”).

"Blessed is the man ... (whose) delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper." (Psalms 1:1-3)

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