Under God’s Protection

But let all who take refuge in your rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O LORD: you cover him with favour as with a shield. -Psalm 5:11-12 ESV

Thunderstorms were my enemy, or so I thought when I was a child. As soon as I saw lightning, I would hide behind a chair or under a blanket. Even as a young adult, pregnant with my firstborn, I hid under a stairwell where I thought I was safe during a bad storm.

I wasn’t scared of thunder, just lightning. I honestly thought I would be struck by lightning. So whenever a storm came, I tried to “hide”.

I am no longer afraid of storms, especially after living in Florida for 8 years before moving to the UK. Storms here are not as big or as scary as the ones in Florida.

Storms are not the only thing that I tried to hide from. If I see a decent sized spider (anything the size of 10 pence or larger), I scream and move away from it waiting for my husband to come and remove it.

Okay, go ahead, laugh at me. The type of fears I just explained are small in comparison to what we go through.

I think most people have a fear of something which we try to run and hide from. For example:

*We don’t make new friends because we are afraid of being hurt again. We hide by not going out to meet new people.

*We make excuses as to why our in-laws cannot come by because we don’t want to hear their complaints about how we do things.

*We stay in the background at work, so we don’t have to be seen or picked to do things because we are uncomfortable in the spotlight.

*We hide behind masks at church, so no one can see the pain we feel inside.

*We avoid human touch because we were abused and scared that someone might actually care about us. We do everything we can to push them away.

The culprit for hiding under a cover for which we think will protect us is fear. Fear stops us from living fully as God intends.

God doesn’t want us to live in fear. He wants us to live in his fullness. He loves us and wants the best for us. Fear robs us of peace, refuge, security, protection, and all we can be.

God is our protection. We don’t have to hide to feel safe. God preserves our lives. The Bible does not say we will never suffer when we become Christians. However, we can be assured our souls are protected no matter what comes our way. No one can steal our salvation!

Our refuge is in the LORD. He is our shelter and safety. When we are afraid, we can cry out to the Lord and ask him to cover us with his wings (See Psalm 91:4). Imagine a chick hiding under its mother’s wings. The chick is at home, feels safe, and knows he is loved and cared for. He doesn’t have to fear because he knows his mum is going to protect him. How much more will our Father God protect us!

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Knowing God is our refuge and he protects us should cause us to rejoice. The rejoicing mentioned in this passage means a lively and triumphant joy. This is indeed the opposite of fear. Perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18).

God blesses the righteous. One meaning of the word bless is “to protect or guard from evil.” God indeed blesses us with his protection and he keeps us safe from the enemy, Satan. God will not run away or hurt us!

God’s covering is a defence over us. He’s responsible for us. His favour covers us as a shield. Shields usually cover just the front of us, but God’s shield covers our whole being. He hides us under the shadow of his wings, those wings cover us completely.

God doesn’t want us to live in fear. He wants us to rest assured that he has everything in control. God takes care of his children.

What fear is keeping you back from being all that God wants you to be?

What are you trying to hide from?

Come to our Father God and give him your fears. Instead of hiding from life in your own way, come under the protection of God. He cares for you. Don’t allow fear to stop you from living fully as God intends.

Prayer: Father, so often fear grips me and I try and hide for cover thinking I am protected. True protection comes from you. I give you my fears (tell him all of them). Please take them and fill me with your joy. I run to you today for my refuge. I desire to live fully as you intend me to live. Please help me to stop trying to hide from you and from my fears. Amen.

Fear stops us from living fully as God intends. God doesn_t want us to live in fear. He wants us to live in his fullness.

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Undignified!

Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.

I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.

-2 Samuel 6:14-15, 22a

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Have you ever danced wildly before the Lord? What about a sway or raising your hands in church? If we were completely honest, the majority of us would be too afraid.

Dancing in church is acceptable for some and for some reason not others. In Africa, many dance with tambourines and hand flags. Pentecostal churches are known for dancing and being charismatic in their show of adoration of the Lord.

However, in the majority of churches I have seen, people do not dance, raise their hands, or sway. On the odd occasion a ballet style dance or a few flags flown are a part of a special “piece” in the service. The general rule is that dancing or hand raising is not allowed in churches. We have to solemn, respectful and staid in church.

In 2 Samuel, chapter 6 David is seen dancing wildly before the Lord. David had just won victory over the Philistines, where the ark of the covenant was being held, and he received the ark back to be taken to its rightful place. However, when the Israelites took the ark, they placed it on a cart instead of using poles to carry it according to God’s law. A man named Uzzah tried to steady the ark with his hand when the oxen stumbled. No one was allowed to touch the ark, therefore, Uzzah was struck dead.

David was at first angry with God for striking Uzzah dead. However, the anger turned into fear. David was afraid to take the ark any further. He instead took it to Obed-edom’s house, where it stayed for three months. Whilst there, Obed-edom and his family were blessed.

David heard about the blessings and decided it was time to take the ark back to the city of Jerusalem where it belonged. When David and his people went to retrieve the ark, he rejoiced before the Lord and made a sacrifice before Him.

David was dressed in a linen ephod which was white and thin. In fact, it was so thin he was practically naked. David was dancing wildly in the street half naked with the people of Jerusalem.

As he came through the street, his wife, Michal was watching the parade. She became angry and despised David for dancing before the Lord and being almost naked.

David and the people brought the ark to a tent he had erected. He offered sacrifices and offerings before the Lord. Afterwards he blessed the people who were there. They ate some food and went back to their homes.

David went to bless his own household, but Michal, came out to meet him. She was livid. She thought he was honouring himself. She fussed at him about being half naked with the women servants around seeing him.

David quickly responded and told her he was dancing before the Lord who appointed him over Israel. He said to her he will celebrate before the Lord at any time and will be even more undignified than this!

The difference between David and the majority of us, is he was not afraid of what other people thought of him, including his wife. He rejoiced and celebrated before the Lord with dancing.

I am not in any way saying we should go dancing half naked in the streets or in our churches! What a mighty stir that would cause.

Firstly, we should not be afraid of what other’s think of us, especially when we are worshipping and praising the Lord. When we worship, we should have our eyes focused on God and not on those around us.

Secondly, may we not be like Michal judging others who raise their hands or bop up and down whilst praising the Lord. Those people are not doing it for show (although I do understand some may and have done so).

If we are worried about what others think, our focus is not on God, but them. Likewise, if we are judging others for what they are doing, our focus is not on God either.

God loves our praise. He blesses those whose focus and praise is on him.

We all have different ways of praising the Lord. My prayer is we all will be undignified when it comes to showing God our passion, affection, and adoration. I pray we will not be afraid of what others think.

I promise you that in heaven it won’t matter how we praise him. There will be dancing in the streets and shouts of joy all the time. Our affections will be upon Jesus and not on those around us.

The next time we desire to dance before God, imagine yourself in heaven with Jesus standing there. It’s just us and him.

Now dance!

Be undignified!

Praise the Lord for he is worthy of our praise!

Leaders need encouragement

The LORD is near the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit. -Psalm 34:17-18

True or false? Leaders in ministry are among the least encouraged people in the church.

Ministers give constantly of their time, despite being single or having a family, to helping others. Their “job” is 24/7/ Many think ministers only work on Sundays and one-week day with maybe a few home visits in between. However, this is not the case.

Anyone who is a leader in ministry, may it be the minister, Sunday School teacher, youth leader, women’s ministry leader, etc., has a great responsibility of being Christ’s example to the ones they teach. They are expected to be on call when someone falls ill, dies, has a child, or just needs a chat. They plan and conduct meetings, services, weddings, funerals, dedications, and in some denominations, baptisms.

They are called to be shepherds to their flock. In order to this effectively, they have to take time to be in Christ’s presence in order to learn from him. They are expected to really have a good comprehension of God’s Word and be able to explain it to others.

Leaders in ministry not only have to look after their people, they have to take care of their homes and immediate and extended families. They are expected by those around them to be all things to all people.

From what I have seen and heard, most leaders are weary from running constantly and trying to do everything. Yes, they tap into the Holy Spirit, but they are humans. Many forget this. They need rest. Even Jesus rested, but for some reason, others think leaders are invincible (sometimes they think so themselves) and don’t need to rest. What happens is churches end up having worn out, ill leaders.

A lot of leaders feel lonely and isolated. They are not allowed to show their emotions and have been taught to not get close to anyone in their congregations because of appearance’s sake.  Their hearts ache but sadly, they have no one to share this heartache to for fear of gossip or being looked down upon by their superiors because they are struggling.

Leaders in ministry need a shepherd who loves and cares for them! They need to know they are loved, valued, and appreciated for what they are doing. Sadly, often times, they hear the negative.

They know that God cares for them. They know they can cry out to him. However, many times, in a leader’s life, they are not just dealing with the congregation’s needs, they are dealing with their own. They struggle with their faith. They struggle to see if what they are doing is making any difference.

Leaders in ministry need someone who will be Christ with skin on to support, pray for, and encourage them as they minister to others.

************************************************************************************Today, I want to encourage my fellow ministers of Christ, God is near the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. He is with you. He loves you. He sees you and he knows your needs. God collects every tear that falls; he stores the tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8). God knows all the needs of your people, your family, yourself.

I want you to read the following words that God and I say to you. These words are truth! They matter. Believe them.

God is proud of you!

You make God smile! 😊

You are loved more than you know, by God who is madly in love with you.

You are treasured!

You are valued!

You are amazing!

You matter!

What you are doing is making a difference for the Kingdom!

God’s will is being accomplished through you!

Keep up the wonderful work that you are doing. Do not give up! Keep going, for God will reward all that you do!

Please know I am praying for you. God bless you all.

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Growing up in Christ

Who doesn’t love babies? They are so adorable with their gurgles and coos. We enjoy watching them sleep, smile, laugh, really, pretty much everything about them. Yet, as much as we love them, we don’t want them to stay tiny forever. We want them to thrive.

As they grow, we look forward to seeing them learning how to crawl, walk, talk, play with others, ride a bicycle, go to school, drive a car, graduate, get married, have their own children… No one was made to stay as babies forever.

When we first come to Jesus, we are new-born baby Christians. We waddle around trying to find our way through this new life of ours. Some learn the basics of growing up in Christ whilst others are just thrown into the deep end, made a member of the church, and given a leadership role (that may or may not be suited to them). For those who are fortunate enough to learn about growing in Christ, you learnt the basics of reading and studying the Bible, going to church, praying, and serving the Lord. As we follow these “steps” we begin to grow into maturity.

Our Christian journey is a continual journey of growth. Just as babies are to grow from just drinking milk to eating solid food, we too should be growing. “Like newborn infants, long for the spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation- if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good” (1 Peter 2:2-3 ESV).

Sadly, many Christians are not moving forward. There are people who declare themselves as Christians, who at 65 years of age, have been saved as long as they can remember, have no idea about basic Bible stories or where certain books of the Bible or passages of scripture can be found. They are still being spoon fed and believing this is enough for them.

Paul mentions this problem in 1 Corinthians 1:1-3a: “But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not ready for you are still of the flesh.”

How can we move onto solid food if we are still wanting to be spoon fed by our ministers and Bible Study leaders? We cannot grow by listening to one or more sermons a week and expect that to fill us?

When we don’t spend time with God, we risk apostasy, a total desertion or departure from God. The writer of Hebrews mentions about apostasy. “About this, we have much to say, and it is hard to explain since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:11-14 ESV)

Ouch! We become dull of hearing and still need to be treated as infants when we don’t have our own personal time with God. We cannot distinguish right from wrong and think the ways of the world are okay. We can’t understand holiness and the reason why we need to be set apart for God’s purposes. We become deserted from God.

Oh, my friends, we must be intentional in our spiritual growth. We have to decide whether or not we want a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.

We must be intentional in our spiritual growth. We have to decide whether or not we want a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.

There is hope. We can move forward in our relationship with God whether we just got saved or have been saved for many years and have been stuck waddling around in our nappies/diapers.

*Be intentional in having a daily quiet time with God.

*Find a Bible (preferably one that is not on your phone or computer and in a version,  you can understand)

*Find a good devotional book or two

*Study God’s Word daily

*Memorise verses (have some index cards or post-it notes to write verses on and put them around your house where you can see them)

*Pray, simply talk to God (Use the Lord’s prayer or the Psalms to start off with)

*Listen to and sing hymns or worship music

*Join an Alpha Course, if there isn’t one in your area, ask your minister to host one

*Find a trusted mentor who you can be accountable to

*Be involved in your church
These are just a few things that will help you greatly in your journey with the Lord. I pray God will enable us all to grow in unity and in love.
Prayer: Father, I want to grow up in you. I am not satisfied just being a baby forever expecting to be spoon fed my meals. (Please forgive me for not moving forward despite being a Christian ______ years.) I want to be intentional in my growth. I desire a real and deepening relationship with Jesus. Please help me as I cannot do this on my own. Amen.

Zacchaeus (based on Luke 19:1-10)

Told from Zacchaeus’ point of view:

The day started like any other day. I woke up, bathed, dressed, and went to work. I was well known in Jericho as a tax collector taking money from people for their houses, livestock and earnings. I even stole money from people especially the poor. I demanded they gave me what they owed and then more.

Not only was I a tax collector, I was a thief. I honestly did not like myself. I had a lot of money, but I did not have any friends. No one liked me. I felt like an outcast. I was lonely inside.

Yesterday I heard about this man Jesus who went around healing people. I wanted to meet him just to see what he was like. I heard stories that he was kind, gentle, and compassionate. I also heard he talked to people who others shunned.

This man Jesus was heading towards my town, Jericho. I decided to leave work to him. I walked into town. However, I had one huge problem, there was no way I would be able to see him through the crowds of people. I am a short man. All I could see was the backs of the people in front of me.

I kept trying to push my way through. Anxiety overwhelmed me. My palms became sweaty and my heart was racing. I really wanted to see Jesus, but at this rate, there was no chance.

I needed to think of how I could at least get a glimpse of him. As I was pushing my way through, I saw a sycamore tree.

“Aha!” I thought to myself. “I could climb the tree to get a better view.”

As I began to climb up slowly, one of the branches snapped and I lost my balance. I took a deep breath, looked up the tree and found a place to regain my grip. I climbed further up. At last I found a great viewing spot. I could see a crowd of people swarming below.

I had no idea what Jesus looked like, so I was really trying to pick a needle out of a haystack. I waited for what seemed like an eternity.

“Zacchaeus!”

I thought I must have been hearing things. No one would be looking for me. As I told you before, I was not liked by anyone. I heard the voice again…

“Zacchaeus!”

I looked down to see who was calling my name. The man was just an ordinary Jew looking up at me.

“Surely this isn’t Jesus,” I thought, “He just looks so, well, rather boring. I thought he would look spectacular or have a glow around him.”

“Zacchaeus!” the man called out again, “Come down from the tree. I am coming to your house today.”

My heart began pounding inside. “This had to be Jesus. He knew my name. But, who told him? And, oh my, he’s coming to my house! I didn’t pick up my laundry or make my bed! The dishes were still in the sink.” My thoughts were going into overdrive. “And, I left some money out on the table last night. What was Jesus going to think?”

Nervously I climbed back down the tree. When I stood next to Jesus, something happened inside. I had a peace and a joy I had never felt before. I was honoured and yet humbled that Jesus picked me to visit.

The crowds allowed Jesus and I to pass through. We talked on the way to my house. Yet there were people around us grumbling because they didn’t understand why Jesus chose to visit me. They were grumbling saying he shouldn’t enter my house because I was a sinner.

Yes, I was a sinner. I hurt God. I stole from others. I mistreated the poor. In the presence of Jesus, I was truly undone inside. I was terribly sorry for all the wrong I had caused to others.

I confessed my sins to Jesus and promised that I will restore the money I stole from people and I would give back four times the amount. I also said I would give half of my belongings to the poor. I didn’t need it anyway. I had more than enough money to live on.

After I confessed, Jesus said to those around me, “Salvation has come to this house. For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.”

I then understood why Jesus came to visit me. I truly was lost. But, praise be to God, that very day, Jesus forgave me. He made me a new person. I felt clean inside. I felt good for a change.

Jesus and I enjoyed a good meal of fish, vegetables, and challah bread. Surprisingly he wasn’t bothered about the mess in my house. He was more interested in me.

My friends, Jesus loves everyone! He loves you no matter your stature, position, colour, nationality, tribe, and abilities. Jesus makes outcasts into royalty when they accept him as their Lord and Saviour. Jesus welcomes those the world hates.

My life was dramatically changed. I did exactly what I promised Jesus. I was no longer an outcast. I was freed from sin. I became a friend of God. I became royalty, a child of the King of kings. My eternity will be in heaven with Jesus. Praise the Lord!

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Being open and honest with God

My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?” These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival. Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him and my salvation. –Psalm 42:3-5 ESVUK

I am writing from a very personal side today. The past six to nine months I have been living with a lot of physical pain in my legs. I keep being told that it’s due to fibromyalgia and neuropathy. I am getting beyond frustrated because simple things such as walking hurts. I cannot lift my leg up but to a certain point which is not very far. This is on top of the chronic fatigue I suffer on a daily basis. I am used to dealing with constant pain, but this pain in my legs is getting worse and not getting better with medicine.

I am also at the point of being off sick for too long (4 ½ years) and am looking at early retirement. I’m only in my early 40’s; I feel way too young to retire. However, it’s better financially for me and my family if I do instead of resigning.

All of this is difficult for me. I am struggling emotionally. I am sad to be losing my role as a minister. I feel lonely (despite having a wonderful loving husband and sons) because the majority of my “friends” don’t bother with me anymore. I feel like I am losing a part of me. I don’t know what my purpose is anymore. I am frustrated with the constant pain in my body. I just want to scream at times. I want to do things, yet I get so exhausted just by spending several hours out and about.

We don’t like to talk about our feelings, especially when we are hurting on the inside. We are told to keep a stiff upper lip and keep moving forward. We are to put on a brave face and keep going no matter what.

I am so glad God understands and listens to my heart. To be honest, I have cried, I have shouted angrily at God. I have prayed, been still, quoted scriptures, etc.

I think all too often we treat God as if he doesn’t care about our problems. We think he’s a distant and uncaring person somewhere out there.

We try to hide things from others masking the pain behind closed doors. How many masks do we put on each day, week, or month? Do we not realise God sees beyond the façade? We cannot hide our feelings from him.

I know and understand why we hide our feelings from each other. People can be hurtful and unkind with their words. Some don’t want to listen or take time to be there with us in our pain because they either have too much pain themselves or they just don’t know how to deal with what we share. So, we bottle things up, hide our tears, and put on our brave face masks.

God cares!

I am so grateful for this. I can tell God everything. I can call out to him in my distress. He says to cast our cares on him for he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 55:2). I can cry. I can laugh. I can be angry. I can shout. I can be who I am, no masks, just me, in his presence. I learnt a long time ago that God knows and sees all things. There’s no point of trying to hide from him.

David realised this too and much of his Psalms were written and sung out of his deepest feelings. He was known as a man after God’s own heart. David was close to God. He shared everything with God. David shares his frustrations and asks God to save him from his enemies (see Psalms 35, 64,70, 71, etc.). He praises God in his Psalms. He talks about depression and sorrow (see Psalm 42-43). He repents in one of his most famous Psalms (see Psalm 51). He shares many psalms of praise as well.

Some of David’s Psalms were songs of lament, sadness, frustrations, hurt, and sorrow. David was not afraid to share his emotions with God. I have been in churches where they say it’s rude to be open with God, as if we never get angry with him and if we did, how dare we say so. Please know it is okay to tell God we are angry and don’t understand why we are suffering. It is okay to cry out to him in anguish because we have lost those things we used to love to do. It is okay to feel frustrated when the healing doesn’t come.

Often, because we are Christians, we are told just to have more faith, trust Jesus because he’s all we need. These statements are true, however, they put us off from ever sharing how we truly are feeling.  How many of us really have someone we are able to share with about what is going on inside our hearts and minds?

In my own personal time with God, I am honest about the struggles I am facing.  Even when I don’t have the words to say, I just remind God that he knows, and I leave my feelings with him. I have found in doing so, peace and joy begin to overflow my heart. I have also found listening to praise and worship music and hymns and reading God’s word very helpful on the most difficult days.

Be encouraged, you are not alone. God is always with us. He can handle whatever comes our way.  Seek God himself, not just for the healing, not just for blessings, but for who he is.  I promise you will be blessed yourself.

May we also support, pray for, and encourage each other. Listen. Truly listen and be a friend that cares. You would be surprised what a difference it makes to be able to share with someone how you feel.

Loving God’s Word

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.  -Psalm 19:7-11 ESVUK

When is the last time you picked up a Bible, read, and loved it?

There are so many ways we can read God’s Word today. We can read it on our phones, tablets, computers, and the actual book. I tend to read verses every day on my computer yet study from the book. There are also different versions and languages of the Bible. I personally read the English Standard Version (Anglicised) and I also enjoy reading the Complete Jewish Bible. We all have our preferences that speaks to our own understanding.

Despite technology and being able to have different ways of reading the Bible, languages and versions of the Bible, many Christians still do not read it. There are different excuses as to why they don’t. I am giving just a few and the answers as to why you can.

“I don’t like to read.” You can listen to recordings of the Bible. You can buy audio cd’s or listen to the Word online on your phone, tablet and computer. If you have an ipad, you can listen to a Bible podcast.

“I do not have the time.” We all have 24 hours a day. Surely, even 5 to 10 minutes isn’t too much time to take away from busyness to read the Word.

“I find it hard to understand.” There are many different versions to read for different levels of understanding. Ask your minister or a friend for help. Also, Bible study groups are good to help each other understand the Word. Also, online, Biblegateway is an excellent source to help you as they have different versions to read from and commentaries. There are other sites that can help as well, if you search for them.

“The Bible makes me feel bad when I read it, besides, it’s irrelevant to today’s world.” If the Bible makes you feel uncomfortable, usually it is the work of the Holy Spirit convicting you of something and all you need to do is pray about it. Sometimes you need to confess what is wrong and change. The Bible is still relevant today. In fact, prophecies from the Old and New Testament are occurring now.

The Bible is God’s authoritative Word. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (1 Timothy 3:16 ESVUK).

David, the famous Psalmist and King, loved the Word of God and spoke of it often in the book of Psalms. The Word he knew was the first 5 books of the Bible, called the Torah. He also knew the Word that was passed down throughout the generations and taught within the home and synagogue. He would have had to know all of the 613 commandments for his Bar Mitzvah at 13 years of age. The 613 commandments were to be followed by the Israelites and were summed up by Jesus as loving the Lord our God first and loving our neighbour.

David speaks about the law and the Word in Psalm 19:7-11. He declares the law of the Lord is perfect. God’s Word is holy. When we follow God’s word and live it out daily in our lives, we will also be holy, and separated from the world. The Word revives our souls. Yes, it can convict us, but God’s law can also lift our spirits and correct us. God’s testimony is true. We can trust it. God’s precepts are right. The commandments of God are pure. He has our best interest at heart. They enlighten our eyes showing us what is wrong and right in God’s Light. The rules of the Lord are true and righteous.

David desired God’s Word more than gold, even the finest gold. Do we honestly desire God’s Word more than our most valued treasure? David says God’s words is sweeter than honey and drippings of they honeycomb. Honey is lovely and if you ever have had honeycomb, it’s even better. David surely tasted fresh honey whilst as a shepherd. He knew how sweet it was. He says God’s Word is better than the honey’s sweetness.

David said keeping God’s Word is rewarding. How do we keep God’s Word? By hiding it in our hearts and living it out daily in our lives.

What a contrast from our view of the Bible and David’s. We have the whole Word, including the New Testament about Jesus who David didn’t meet until heaven. David was known as a man after God’s own heart. He spent time learning, meditating, and studying God’s Word and talking to God. The Word was very important to David. It made a massive difference in his life.

Like David, have you hidden God’s Word in your heart? If you don’t read the Word, how can you know more about God? How can you grow as a Christian? How can you know the truth when the world says otherwise?

God’s Word is absolute truth. We cannot and should not add or take away from it. Jesus is the Word, the Word is Jesus (see John 1:1). The Word is truth. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except by him (John 14:6).

Read the truth. Love the Truth. Hide the Truth in your life and live out the Truth, God’s Word daily. Amen.

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