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 25, 2015

God is our DIVINE PROTECTOR who ‘NEVER SLEEPS’

God is our DIVINE PROTECTOR who ‘NEVER SLEEPS’

June 25 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 120-127

"I will lift up my eyes to the hills--from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep."(Psalms 121:1-4)

Psalms 121 is a pilgrim song in the form of a dialogue, possibly between the worshipers and a priest. It has been called the Traveler’s Psalm. The psalmist speaks either of the hills he had to cross on his return home or those hills surrounding Jerusalem. His help does not come from the hills, but from the Lord, the Creator of the hills. This psalm fits well against the backdrop of a pilgrimage for it is concerned with the uncertainties one faces on such a journey. It moves naturally from the need for help (vv. 1, 2) to the promise of God’s protection (vv. 3–8).

The temple in Jerusalem was the dwelling place of God on earth. The glory cloud in the Holy of Holies signified the Lord’s presence among His people. The city of Jerusalem is situated on a mountain and is surrounded by mountains. So when a Jew in other parts of Israel needed divine help, he looked toward the hills. To him this was the same as looking to the Lord. Since the Creator’s dwelling was in the Jerusalem hills, there was a poetic sense in which all help came from the hills.

In the first two verses of this psalm, the speaker is the psalmist, expressing his complete reliance on the Maker of heaven and earth. Beginning with verse 3, there is a change of speaker. In the remaining verses, we hear God guaranteeing the eternal security of those whose trust is in Him. Our foot will be preserved from being moved. Since the foot speaks of foundation or standing, it means that God will keep His trusting child from slipping or failing.

God has promised that the Hebrew will not disappear from the face of the earth, and there are 4,000 years of history to validate God’s declaration (Psalms 105:1–11, Isaiah 43:1–7; Jeremiah 31:35–37). Similarly, there is the guarantee of a Guardian who will remain awake to protect us. Throughout the night hours, when we are no longer conscious of the world around us, God watches over us with constant, unwearied care as He has watched over Israel in the past. The Lord God puts a garrison around us with His holy angels, so that even while we sleep we are confident of protection because He never sleeps. The attacks of Satan never catch our God off guard!

The dangers in modern society are just as great as when this psalm was penned. But God goes before us (vv. 3–4) and He stays awake to guide us and guard our path. He is next to us (v. 5) and over us (v. 6), and He will take us safely to our heavenly land one day (vv.7–8).

Let us lift up our eyes high enough so that we see by faith the great God who cares for us. The ten spies in Canaan did not look high enough: they saw the giants and the walls but not the Lord far above all (Num. 13:28–33). When things on earth seem too big for us to handle, let us lift our eyes to God. God is our divine protector who never sleeps!

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