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.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

PRAISE GOD for His GREATNESS and GOODNESS

PRAISE GOD for His GREATNESS and GOODNESS

June 26 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 128-136

"Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant. For the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His special treasure. For I know that the Lord is great, and our Lord is above all gods" (Psalms 135:3-5)

Psalm 135 is one of the “Hallelujah” psalms (similar to Psalms 146–150) that exhorts us praise lifted up to the Lord because of His worth and works (vv. 1-3). This psalm appears to be directed to Israel, particularly to the tribe of Levi and the house of the High Priest Aaron (vv. 19-21). God chose Israel as His own people and for this He alone is deserving of praise (v. 4). His works as Creator also speak of His glory, as does His miraculous deliverance of Israel from bondage and subsequent conquest of their enemies in Canaan (vv. 8–9, 12). In comparison to Him the gods of the nations are impotent and useless (vv.15–18). No wonder all should praise the Lord—people and priests alike (vv. 19–21).

However, we are exhorted to praise God due to His two wonderful attributes: He is GREAT (v. 5) & He is GOOD (v. 3).

How can we say that our God is GREAT?
When we look around in nature, we will soon realize that our God is GREAT in maintaining order (vv. 6-7). Our God has created everything. He displayed His greatness in the lives of the Israelites as He delivered them from the bondage in Egypt and brought them to the Promised Land that He had promised to their father Abraham (vv. 8-12). His greatness is beyond our human understanding – all we can do is to praise Him for His greatness.

How can we say that our God is GOOD?
Our God is essentially good, and He let Moses see His goodness, and this is what God told Moses: "I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion." (Ex 33:19) Later on, Jesus clarified that no one is good, except God alone (Matt. 19:17). God’s goodness extended to Israel in that He chose Israel for Himself (Psalms 135:4) just like He chose us as well (John 15:16). His goodness is beyond our human understanding – all we can do is to praise Him for His goodness.
  • Understanding the greatness of God should send us to our knees in humility as we thank Him for saving us from destruction.
  • Understanding the goodness of God should lift us back to our feet to offer Him our grateful praise as He used His goodness to reach out to us and save us.
"The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked. The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet. The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him." (Nahum 1:3, 7)

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