"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 28, 2012

June 28 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 143-150

Let’s PRAISE GOD everyday WHILE we are yet ALIVE: "Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being." (Psalms 146:1-2)

Psalm 146, a psalm of descriptive praise, is part of the grand pinnacle of praise in this book of praises. Each of the last five psalms begins and ends with the Hebrew word “Hallelujah!”, however, Psalm 146 is the only one of the five containing the personal pronoun “I” (v. 2). The call to praise (vv. 1, 2) is addressed by the psalmist to himself as he makes a vow to praise God for the rest of his life!

This psalm can be divided into three parts: praise to God (vv. 1–4); power of God (vv. 5–6) and preservation by God (vv. 7–10). The psalmist, in his ecstatic joy in the Lord, urged any who heard him to sing praise to God alone, for human rulers, no matter how powerful, are mere mortals, unworthy of such adulation. Only God, the Creator of all things, gives hope and exercises righteous rule in the earth. Only God provides for the hungry, the confined, the blind, the oppressed, the righteous, the stranger, the orphan, and the widow.

What the psalmist preached, he practiced. He would not dare call upon us to praise God without himself having first done so and he resolves to praise God all the days while he is alive. Let us understand that our life will not go on forever. It is our moral duty to praise God while we have life, for no man shall praise Him from the grave. "The dead do not praise the Lord, nor any who go down into silence. But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord!" (Psalms 115:17-18)

Bible scholar Warren W. Wiersbe in his classic “With the Word Bible Commentary” has divided this psalm by four different faucets of praise, as listed below:  
  1. Praise is an evidence of life (vv. 1–2), not just physical life, but the life of God in our hearts.
  2. Praise is an encouragement to faith (vv. 3–4). When our faith is low, our praise will gradually subside, but when we praise God, our faith will grow.
  3. Praise is an encouragement to hope (vv. 5–7). When our hope is in God, we can praise Him no matter what the circumstances may be. Faith is the upward look, and hope is the forward look.
  4. Praise is an encouragement to love (vv. 8–10), our love for God and others, and God’s love for us. When we love someone, we trust that person, and greater trust brings greater love.
So, our life, faith, hope, and love—all are bound up in our experience of praise. As we praise God for saving us from sin, we should remember also to thank Him for creating us in the first place. This gives us more than enough reason for praising Him every day of our lives. Let us praise God everyday while we are yet alive on this earth!

"Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name" (Heb 13:15). "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!" (Psalms 150:6)

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