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.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

June 23 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 111-118

The ‘REAL REASONS’ why we should ‘PRAISE the LORD’: "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples! For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!" (Psalms 117:1-2)

Psalm 117 is the shortest of all psalms and the shortest of all chapters in the Bible. It is an invitation to people of every nation to praise the Lord. This psalm is quoted in Romans 15:11 to show that Gentiles are a part of God’s divine plan of salvation for humankind. Paul uses the words of this psalm to show that the nations share in the promises to Abraham (Rom. 15:7–11). The message of this psalm is simple: Israel is a case study for all the nations, about one nation that was shown God’s “merciful kindness” (Ps. 117:1).

This universal offer of salvation goes back to Abraham, through whom God promised to bless “all the families of the earth” (Gen. 12:3). Centuries later, the prophets would echo the same theme. All along God has been working to fulfill His word to Abraham that all the families of the earth will be blessed. Psalm 117 celebrates that promise. Therefore, “praise the Lord, all you Gentiles!”

What assurance do we have that these promises will be fulfilled? In answer, Psalm 117 points to Israel and show us that when God commits Himself to people, He follows through! So when God pledges Himself to the Gentiles, His promises are as binding as they were in the case of Israel.

Psalm 117 has a simple structure: a call for the nations to praise God (v. 1), and an enumeration of reasons for the nations to praise God (v. 2). This short psalm is about a big subject: helping all the nations to praise the Lord. God called Israel to be a blessing to all the nations of the world, just as He has called His church to take the gospel to the whole world (Matt. 28:18–20).

The nations are worshiping false gods, so what do we tell them about the true God? Psalms 117 is a message to all nations of the world that God’s merciful kindness – His covenant love – is great towards us. God loved us before we were born and He will love us after we die. Nothing can separate us from the love of God (Rom. 8:3a). This gives us the real reasons why we should praise the Lord!

"Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with Psalms. For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods." (Psalms 95:1-3)

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