Read Psalms 106
Israel's wilderness rebellion; God's great mercies to Israel; exhortation to praise God for His goodness.
He sent His Word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! (Ps. 107:20-21).
The psalmist could have said, “The Lord delivered them.” Instead, it is specifically stated: He sent His Word, and healed them. It simply means that His Word is the means by which God has chosen to supply and satisfy every need. Furthermore, there is no other reliable source of counsel for the inner emotional conflicts that seek to control our minds. Throughout the Bible we are taught the absolute necessity of relying on God's Word for every problem and every situation — without exception.
The Word of God has a power that few can understand. The words on its pages are mighty. He sent His Word. Yes, the Word by which the heavens were made (33:6), is the same Word by which God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us (Eph. 3:20).
Through daily Bible reading we obtain the power that enables us to trust God in prayer to fulfill His promises. For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Heb. 4:12). How much of this power do you make available to Him to use in your life? Are you reading and allowing God enough room in your life to give strength in place of your weakness? One way we can allow the Lord to use His Word in our lives is by memorizing as much of it as we can, because: Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Ps. 119:105).
Experience has taught us that we are prone to view our weakness in the light of our abilities and fail to recognize the greatness of God's gift — His Word that supplies the answer for every need. It is in His Word that we will find the answer to all life's questions. But there are some who struggle as they try to exercise faith in God and His Word. We need to remember Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Rom. 10:16-17).
Christ said: Ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free (John 8:32).
Thought for Today:
The man who delights in God's Word is content and derives strength for daily living from it.
As the One who maketh the storm a calm (Ps. 107: 29). When Jesus calmed the storm, His awestruck disciples exclaimed: What manner of Man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him! (Matt. 8:27). Jesus offers to calm the storms of our lives and give us His peace (John 14:27).
106:20 similitude, likeness; 106:29 inventions, deeds, acts; 106:30 stayed, stopped, checked; 107:11 contemned, despised, spurned.
Pray for Staff: Pam Murton • Government Official: Rep. Rob W. Bishop (UT) • Country: Malaysia (22.7 million) in Southeast Asia • Major languages: Malay and English • All Christian witness to Muslims is illegal • 58% Muslim; 23% Buddhist/Taoist/Chinese; 8% Christian; 6% Hindu; 5% Sikh/Animist/Other • Prayer Suggestion: Ask the Lord to be merciful and to forgive your sins (Ps. 25:6-7).
Optional Reading: 1 Timothy 4
Memory Verse for the Week: Galatians 6:7