"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.

Friday, June 8, 2012

June 8 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 10-17

TRUST in the MERCY of GOD ‘ALWAYS’: "But I have trusted in Your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me." (Psalms 13:5-6)

Psalm 13 is similar to many of the tests that God sends our way: they begin with a sigh but end with a song! King David believes that his answer is on the way and does not doubt the outcome at all. Mercy is a covenant term, specifically, gracious devotion, which is the love by which God has bound Himself to His people. Trusting in the mercy of God, David knows that he will live to celebrate deliverance from his adversary. In anticipation of this salvation, he can sing praises to God in faith.

This psalm is descriptive about the inner turmoil of a person who is unable to sense the presence of God. In this psalm, at least four times David pleads to God, “How long?” (vv. 1, 2). Why does it appear that God sometimes hides His face from His children during times of distress? We can find many replies from God’s word itself: prevalence of sin (Isaiah 59:1-2; 1 Cor. 11:31-32); lack of wholehearted devotion (Jer. 29:13); and sometimes to encourage spiritual growth (2 Cor. 12:7–10; Heb. 12:10-11; James 1:2–4; 1 Peter 1:6-7).

It is true that sometimes it is hard to see how God is working, but despite that we need trust God’s plan for our lives. God doesn’t reveal all His mysteries to us (Isaiah 55:8), but we must recognize and trust God’s ‘unfailing love’. The final two verses (5-6) reflect the turning point as the tone of this psalm abruptly changes from despair to hope. David recalls his commitment to trust God completely in His “mercy”, which can be described as God’s loyal love teaming with His faithfulness to His commitment to take care of His people. Based on the assurance that God will deliver him, David resolves to tell the people about it—this is the essence of praise (see Psalms 40:1–3).

Faith does not always give us answers, but it does give us encouragement. No matter how successful the enemy appears to be, we can always trust God, rejoice in Him, sing to Him and know that He will always deal bountifully with us. Trust in God is always rewarded by salvation; salvation always provides the opportunity for us to sing unto God, and joyous praise to God always brings increased blessings from God!

At the end, we can always say: “I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me”. The circumstances in our lives may seem random and unplanned, but someday we will see how God had worked the difficult situations in our lives to make it a beautiful tapestry of praise to Him. We surely cannot control the events that happen in our lives, but we can definitely control our attitudes towards those events by trusting in the mercy of God always!

"But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. I will praise You forever, because You have done it." (Psalms 52:8-9)

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