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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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I HAVE A CONFESSION TO MAKE

I have a confession to make. When we were first assigned the passages of Scripture we were to use for our blog post, I read 1 Peter 1:1-12 as 1 Peter 3:1-12. BIG DIFFERENCE! It was not until we were sent a reminder that I caught my error. As some of you know, I am a voracious reader (I finished reading through the Bible the first part of August). The other part of that is I cannot skip around in my reading. I like to start from the beginning and read to the end. So, when I misread the blog assignment, I jumped right in and finished it. Luckily, I had not sent it to Sue yet (I say ‘luckily’ because I did not have to call her and admit how dumb I really am). The bad part of this is that I waxed quite eloquently about husbands and wives and their responsibilities in relating to each other. I mentioned that quite often husbands point their fingers at their wives and say “she doesn’t submit” and wives point their fingers at their husbands and say “you are supposed to love me like Christ loved the church!” Then, they both return to their respective corners in a huff and POUT! And, as a result, nothing changes. But, if you look closely, this section is summarized in verses 8 and 9. “To sum up, let all be HARMONIOUS, SYMPATHETIC, BROTHERLY, KINDHEARTED and HUMBLE IN SPIRIT; NOT RETURNING EVIL FOR EVIL, BUT GIVING A BLESSING INSTEAD; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.” Just think what our marriages would be like if we just shifted our focus from verses 1-7 and concentrated on verses 8 and 9. Talk about a game changer!

First Peter 1:1-12 (what this blog should really be focused on) is also a terrific passage. Verses 3 and 4 talks about our hope for the future and tells those of us that are born again that we have a “living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an in inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.” What a promise! This is something that, as my dad would say, “we can hang our hats on.” But it does not end here. It goes on to tell us in verses 7-9 “that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ: and though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.” Those of us that have lost someone precious to us cling tightly to this hope for without it our grief would be intolerable.

I should draw this to a close and I can see after reading it that I am beginning to get a little maudlin. So, I hope you have not found this confusing, but I have tried to equate the marriage relationship in chapter 3 with the hope found in chapter 1. Pam (my wife) is very special to me and I cannot begin to express how much I miss her, but the hope we have in Christ is SURE and will not ever fade away. I look forward to our being together again.

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