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, April 6, 2013

April 6 Bible Reading: 2 Samuel Chapters 22-24

TREAT others ‘JUSTLY’ in GODLY FEAR: Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse; thus says the man raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet Psalmist of Israel: "The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue. The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me: 'He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God'". (2 Sam. 23:1-3)

The opening lines of this chapter reveals that this is King David’s valedictory address to his people as he imitates the great patriarchs like Jacob (Gen. 49:1–27) and Moses (Deut. 33:1–29) before him. These may be the last literary or poetic words of David, but the exact significance of his last words is yet to be understood properly. In his final address, David recognized his own role as the anointed king (v. 1), one to and through whom God had communicated revelation (vv. 2–3) to the people of Israel.

We may recall that earlier in his reign, King David had written a long psalm about the victories that God had granted to him throughout his eventful life (example, 2 Samuel 22). Now, when he comes to the end of his life, David writes a beautiful short poem about people in leadership and authority like kings. One of the first requirements is that leaders must be called of God and empowered by Him to discharge their functions honorably (v. 1). They must be taught the Word of God by the Spirit of God (v. 2). They must be people of character who fear God as they are ruling on behalf of God (vv. 3–4).

During his final burst of poetic exuberance, David recalls his humble origins as a son of Jesse, whom God had graciously and sovereignly exalted to the throne of Israel as the second king. David also addresses himself as the sweet psalmist of Israel. This is no exaggeration as 73 out of the total 150 psalms are attributed to David by their title text. These poetic words also testify to the truth that the Spirit of the Lord spoke through David and enabled him to pen these beautiful songs. There is no other person in the Scriptures, who is more closely associated with the worship of the Lord than King David, and his words were inspired poetry by God as described here: "For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether" (Psalms 139:4).

In his final poetic expression, David voices God’s expectations for rulers and people in authority. The function of the king was to ennoble the people as he presented to them the refreshing will of God. David takes the voice of a prophet, presenting a King who rules in justice, in the fear of God, and like the light of the morning. As a forerunner to this just Messiah, David must be just, ruling in the fear of God as God’s representative king (vs. 3).

Let us realize today that our Lord Jesus Christ has "loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father" (Rev. 1:5-6). We are part of "a royal priesthood" (1 Pet. 2:9) who are called to proclaim the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Just like David declared, we too must treat others justly as we walk daily in godly fear and humbly before God!

"He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

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