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 11, 2013

June 11 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 32-37

Turn your EYES to GOD as He NEVER turns AWAY His EYES from us: "The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works. Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine." (Psalms 33:13-15, 18-19)

Psalms 33 begins with a call to the righteous and upright people to praise God (vv. 1–3). The psalmist goes into extraordinary lengths to give the reasons why these people should praise God (vv. 4–19), and finally ends with an appropriate conclusion (vv. 20–22) in this beautiful hymn of praise. There are two significant reasons to praise God: (a) God is dependable in both His Word (vv. 4–9) and His work (vv. 10–12), and (b) God is just and loyal in dealing with His children (vv. 13–19). The psalmist concludes by expressing the joyful hope of the godly in God alone!

God is truly concerned for the righteous people on this earth (vv. 12–19). As God looks down from heaven, He has a perfect view of all humankind, and nothing escapes His attention. God not only sees all the activities done on the earth, but He also knows the thoughts and intents of every heart as well (1 Chron. 28:9). It should be of great comfort for all those who live righteously to know that all their actions and even all their thoughts are being scrutinized intently by God. God does not only view the thoughts and actions of humans from heaven; but He evaluates and judges them as well.

In fact, God looks on humankind with a sense of discriminating pleasure at His righteous children. God sees those who trust in Him for salvation and who depend on His mercy for provision with favor. These are the righteous people who truly live to please Him. Those who fear God do not need to fear anything else. Whatever God’s eye can observe, His sovereign hand can preserve as well. This is an accurate description of God’s care for His people. God watches all people, but He looks with delight on those who fear Him and hope in His mercy: "The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy" (Psalms 147:11).

Why doesn't God ever turn away His eyes from us? There are four possible reasons:
  1. God is considering all our works (see v. 15). God is checking to see if we are actually coming up to His expectations: "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them" (Eph. 2:10).
  2. God wants to guide us daily, and this is His promise: "I (God) will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I (God) will guide you with My eye" (Psalms 32:8).
  3. God wants to deliver us from death, and this is His promise: "Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him...to deliver their soul from death" (vv. 18-19).
  4. God wants to keep us alive from famine, and this is His promise: "Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him...to keep them alive in famine" (vv. 18-19).
Let’s always keep our eyes on God for He never takes His eyes off us! God looks at us always with His heart of love as He considers who we are and what we do every hour of every day. God longs for us to trust Him and follow His ways. We are never out of God’s sight, and He keeps a close eye on us at all times. Let us thank God today that we are a part of God’s view, and we can be safely assured that God will take care of us at all times!

"For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him." (2 Chron. 16:9)

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