November 7, 2019

What I Read Today;

Romans 15; Matthew 26; Ezekiel 18-19; Psalm 119 & 125; 1 Chronicles 20-21; Numbers 16

The longest chapter of the Bible is Psalm 119.  176 verses comprise this long chapter.  But the richness that this chapter contains deserves a long slow read.  Psalm 119 details how to be a happy and joyful Christian.  It spells out how we are to live our life.  It details what we should do in those moments of weakness when we fall short.

First, to put it in simple terms, we are to rever God’s Word and commit to storing God’s Word in our hearts. God’s Word is the medicine that allows us to remain free of the influence of our society.  God’s Word is how we can hear God speak to us.  God’s Word is how we learn how to please God.

Second, we are to apply God’s Word to our lives.  It’s more than just reading and gaining head knowledge.  It’s about taking God’s Word into our hearts and seeking to follow God’s plans and commands.  It is about a struggle against our internal urges that pull us towards Satan and the world in which we live.  It’s a process of allowing God’s sanctifying grace to change how we behave and how we act towards others.  It’s about living a life that is pleasing to God.

Third, in those moments when we fail, God’s Word gives us peace in knowing that Jesus is there to pick us up and put us back on the path of righteousness.  It is the hydrocortisone for our guilty conscience, allowing us to heal and be restored to the right relationship with God through Jesus.

Finally, God’s Word is the story of how God sought to save humankind through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.  It is God’s love letter to all of humanity.

Carve out that time listening to God and taking God’s Word into your hearts.  Remembering that God always gives us back more than we ever give him.

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