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NEBUCHADNEZZAR'S WORLDVIEW SHIFT

The book of Daniel is one of my favorites.  I think it's a great exposition of how the Lord works in the sphere of secular history.  Daniel 4 is one of the most amazing passages of the Bible and ancient literature as a whole.  We have the first person perspective of one of the most powerful men in human history - Nebuchadnezzar!  Nebuchadnezzar had an entire worldview shift as portrayed in that chapter.  He was taught how low you can fall from a position of human pride.  There is a great sermon series by Dr. James M. Boice that briefly references this passage, I recommend it if you would like a great perspective on a Christian mind and worldview.  It was given in 1994, but I would say that it is even more applicable now in the Internet age.

 

http://sermons.believerschapeldallas.org/sermons/topical-studies/developing-a-christian-mind

 

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THANKFUL FOR GOD'S WORD

A 2013 LifeWay Research survey of 2,930 Protestant churchgoers found that outside of church worship, the Bible was read every day (19%), a few times a week (26%), once a week (14%), at least once a month (22%), and rarely or never (18%). Even in our churches, we have a serious case of Bible illiteracy.

 

Did the psalmist have a copy of the scriptures that he could read daily? I don't know, but God's Word made a huge impact on him. Psalm 119 is a remarkable chapter with 150 verses written as an acrostic in sections for each Hebrew letter with each verse in each section starting with that letter. Every verse relates the writer's dedication and commitment to the Word of God. The letters for today (vss 49-64) are Zayin and Khet. Here are some of the thoughts as prayers:

* Your word gives hope.

* Your promises revive me.

* I don't turn aside from your word.

* I am consoled by your word.

* I am angry at those who reject your word.

* Your statutes are my song.

* I will keep your law.

* I observe your precepts.

* I will follow your instructions.

* I keep your commands eagerly and without delay.

* I do not forget your law.

* I thank you for your just regulations.

* Teach me your statutes.

 

The apostle Paul summarizes scripture in 2 Tim 3:16-17, "Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work." (NET)

 

Father, help us to love your Word as the psalmist wrote in Psalm 119. Help us to daily read, study, and meditate on it. Help us to memorize, teach, and obey it through the power of your Holy Spirit working through us. We love you, worship you, and thank you for your Word!

 

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