WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017

Confidence in God’s Word

-PSALM 119:41-48

Key Verse:

"I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed" (Psalm 119:46).

Kate, 55, still recalls with nostalgia her childhood days when her mother used to carry her in her laps and read the story of "a man who came from heaven", showing her many beautiful, pictures of what He did. Now as a mother, grandmother and Christian leader, she spends a lot of time with her children reading Scriptures to them. The desire of the Psalmist to keep in touch with the word of God always as his hope and to enable him keep obeying it forever, forms a major theme of today’s text. He prayed for mercies and salvation from God so he could properly answer those that reproached him. Keeping the word of God helped him "to walk at liberty" and enabled him speak of God’s testimonies before kings without being ashamed. His love for the word of God and resolve to meditate on it concludes the text. Knowing God is about knowing His Word. Nobody can claim to have a good and working relationship with God who does not have a good understanding of His Word. Our Lord Jesus counsels, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me" (John 5:39). The word search, means to carefully and diligently look for or look at something. It takes time and concentration. "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart…" (Jeremiah 15:16). Just as Joshua needed the word of God to succeed in the great task before him (Joshua 1:8), so every believer needs to be acquainted with the word to be strengthened and fortified for the battles of life and for a safe passage to eternal glory. "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein…" (Revelation 1:3).

Thought for the day: To know God is to know His Word.
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