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 26, 2012

June 26 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 128-136

TRUSTING in GOD who KNOWS ALL THINGS:"Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me. Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me." (Psalms 131:1-2)

Psalm 131 is a psalm of trust in God, and is one of four songs of ascent attributed to David, others being Psalms 122, 124 and 133. The structure of this psalm is as follows: a statement of humility (v. 1),a portrait of trust (v. 2) and a call for hope (v. 3).This psalm encourages us to pursue humility, which leads to contentment like that of an infant that has been properly nursed. It voices the trust of a close, personal relationship with God!

David does not attempt to delve into the secret of God’s purposes or into the sovereign design of God.The image is that of a child who is no longer unsettled and discontented, but one who is at peace and trusting in his mother, who is there to comfort and to meet his needs. After having been weaned from a self-centered life, David finds quietness even though he doesn’t profess to know all the answers. He was content to know what he could know and leave the mysteries with God. Deut. 29:29 tells us that the secret things belong to the Lord! This attitude of trust in the wisdom, love, and power of God brought peace and quietness to his soul.

In a world full of mystery, it is comforting to know the God who knows all things that are happening around us. Just like a weaned child who no longer frets what he/she once demanded, we should behave in a similar fashion. This psalm is a call to learn humility, patient endurance and contentment in all circumstances without understanding God’s reasons. All we have to do is to trust in God by waiting in faith and patience.

As we mature in the Lord, let us “put away childish things” (1 Cor. 13:11). When God weans us away from something, we should not fret; God has something better to take its place! Let us put our trust in God who knows all things!

"Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people from this time forth and forever" (Psalms 125:1-2)

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