Word for today

Psalm 148:7-14
This psalm of praise continues by referring to planet earth. After speaking of the heavens that were designed to praise the Lord, the psalmist mentions things on earth. He begins in verse 7 with the words “Praise the LORD from the earth.” Verse 1 said “from the heavens.” Now, in the last half of this chapter He mentions the processes of the weather, the topography of the land and its productivity, the animals, and all the leaders of the earth, regardless of age – everything and everyone has been created for the praise of our wonderful Lord. Take time this day to list all the things you see around you that have come from the hand of the Lord, and praise Him!
The world that was created for praise – verse 7
The weather that fulfills His word – verse 8
The wonder of the land, trees, and animals – verses 9-10
The way praise applies to humanity – verses 11-12
The worthiness of God to receive all praise – verse 13
The will of God for His people – verse 14
Everything is designed to praise the Lord. Most of the problems we have in life occur when we take our eyes off the Lord and what He has done. We have a tendency to be overwhelmed by our circumstances, and by the problems we are facing, forgetting Who God is and what He can do!
Verse for Meditation
Verse 13 – “Let them praise the Name of the LORD: for His Name alone is excellent: His glory is above the earth and heaven.”
Meditation Prayer
“I praise You, Lord, for my family, my friends, my home and all that I possess, and the beautiful surroundings, like the trees, mountains, rivers, and oceans – they all speak of You.”


From The Word of God For Today

THE ETERNAL WORD OF GOD
 
“…All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” 1 Peter 1:24-25
 
 
SOME THINGS ABOUT THE WORD OF GOD
 
Let us try to understand some things about God’s word.
God and his word are one and the same. The Apostle John tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (Jn. 1:1).  God cannot be separated from his word, or go back on his word.  Unfortunately for us, we tend to get separated from our words.  We sometimes agree to do things for people and then we later have to back out.
God’s word is eternal.  Because God himself is eternal, there is a real sense in which he cannot speak a word that is not eternal. That is so different from us mortals, because we cannot speak a word that is eternal, unless we happen to be speaking the word of God. Jesus said in Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”  For instance, Paul once based his teaching about the compensation of God’s ministers (1 Cor. 9:9) on the dusty ancient law of Deuteronomy 25:4.  This law forbids the muzzling of an ox as it is treading out the grain.  No, God’s word does not pass away, but it continues on to be profitable for all teaching and instruction in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16).
God’s word is alive (Heb. 4:12).  How different this is from all other words we read and hear. How this contrasts with yesterday’s newspaper.  We would scarcely waste our time reading it since it is already outdated and a thing of the past.  God’s word is never a thing of the past, outdated or dead.  Again, in one sense, God cannot even speak in the past tense since he is ever living.  What he said he is saying; what he commanded he is commanding, what he hated he still hates and what he loved he still loves.   Sometimes it may appear that a certain word of God is dead. But we must not be fooled.  God’s word is like a seed.  It can lie dormant for a thousand years but when it is mixed with faith – poof!   Suddenly new life springs forth.
God’s word is contemporary and relevant, as is any other living thing.  For something to be true in the deepest sense it must be contemporary and relevant. We are seeing today that long forgotten precepts and teachings of the ancient law are bursting forth in the church with new relevance and energy.  For instance, many churches are now using Israel’s festivals as teaching tools concerning God’s great plan of salvation.  This should not surprise us, since God said long ago that these festivals would be “statutes forever” (Lev. 23:14, 21, 31, & 41).
God’s word is literally bursting with creative energy.  In the Hebrew language, the expression for “word” is “davar.”  How interesting that davar also means “thing.”  There is a very close connection between the word and all created things.  God spoke, and all things came into existence.  When God speaks, things happen.  This was true in the creation of the world, and it is true for us today.
We can see how this has been valid throughout the ages.  Long ago Paul “discovered” a long hidden mystery in the word of God: “This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 3:6).  With that discovery, or revelation, the infant Jewish church burst forth into the Gentile world.  In the sixteenth century, Martin Luther “found” a verse in Romans, which was long before stated by the prophet Habakkuk: “… the righteous will live by his faith.”  With that verse the Reformation was born.
Today, hundreds of thousands of Soviet and Ethiopian Jews continue to return from the north countries and from the south-lands to Israel.  Thus, we are seeing Isaiah 43:6 come alive again right before our eyes: “I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’  Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of
the earth—.”
NOW WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN TO US?
Because of all this, we know that we are serving a God who can be trusted.  He can be trusted in all areas of our lives.  Let us look at a few of these areas.
His word can be trusted in matters of our salvation.  In Hebrews 7:25, it is said: “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”   The scripture says, “…Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13).  It is just that easy.  Millions have found this simple instruction to work.  As the world-renown evangelist, Billy Graham, has often remarked, “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it!”
His word can be trusted in matters of our sanctification; of our walk before God; of our discipleship.  Satan always attempts to undermine our position with God.  One of his favorite tools is condemnation.  How often we have to resort to God’s simple word to combat him.  God says in Romans 8:1: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus….”
In reality we are disciples of the word.  Jesus said this in John 8:31, “…If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.”  As disciples of the word we sometimes have to take a stand against “voices,” if those voices emanate from the wrong source.  We have to take a stand against “feelings.”  Occasionally, we even have to take a stand against “facts.”  After all, it was a “fact” that Abraham and Sarah were too old to have children.  It was also a “fact” that hungry lions eat people and fiery furnaces burn them up, as in the case of Daniel and the Hebrew children.  So we see, faith produces its own facts.  These facts will endure because they are based upon the eternal word of God.
God’s word can be trusted in matters of prophecy and of the future.  We already mentioned that today hundreds of thousands of Jews are returning to the land of Israel.  When we consider that the prophecy about their return is now some 2700 years old, we can see how truly eternal God’s word is.  The land of Israel is a daily witness to the fulfillment of God’s word.  Ancient Israelite cities are being rebuilt according to the word (Isa. 44:26); the land is being restored according to the word (Isa.  51:3); over 250 million trees have been planted according to the word (Isa. 41:19-20); the wilderness is blossoming according to the word (Isa. 35:1).  These are only a few of the miracles taking place, but we look for more astounding miracles in the days ahead, simply because it is written in God’s word.
The Bible says that upon Israel’s return to the land, God will perform a miracle in the Jewish heart and spirit.  He will sprinkle clean water upon Israel and they will be clean (Ezek. 36:24-25).   He will give Israel a new heart and a new spirit, even his own Spirit.  Then they will follow God’s decrees and keep his laws (Ezek. 36:26-27).  Jeremiah describes this beautiful miracle in another way.  He tells how God will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, that he will put his law into their minds and write it upon their hearts (Jer. 31:31-33).  All these astounding things will happen, simply because they are written in the eternal word of God.
 
Today, we are all being blasted with the words and opinions of men. The evening newscast is a good example of this.  These opinions change by the day.  In a week or even in another day these opinions may no longer be considered true.  They are like the grass and flowers Peter mentions, but the word of God stands forever.  If we build our opinions, our theologies, and our lives upon God’s word we will be like the man who built his house on the rock (Mt. 7:24-27).  When the storms arrive (and they are surely coming) that man will not be shaken.  All he has believed in and worked for will stand the test.
 


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