Saturday, May 20, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - May 21, 2017

Today's Reading:

Acts 27:1-12

1 Samuel 2:11-36

Psalm 50

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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading:

Again today, I would like to focus upon a few key verses from Psalm. In Psalm 50, we find the great power and all-encompassing Ownership of our Creator extolled.

For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills... Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me... Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.
Think about it...  How often and how consistently do you praise and extol God for Who He is? It is very human to find it easier to praise God when everything is going "well" for us. But when things get tough, we tend to forget to glorify Him still. In fact, sometimes we do more than just forget to glorify Him. Sometimes we complain and question His love for us. But it is when we "order our conversations aright" (praise God and remain submitted to Him whatever the cost) that God is free to shew us His salvation from all hopelessness and despair.

We can praise God for His Creatorship and Ownership of us. He does own the cattle on a thousand hills (that is a Hebrew expression meaning that God owns everything). And God doesn't make mistakes. Consider that as you watch the powerful testimony on this video. 

Daily Bible Reading - May 20, 2017

Today's Reading:

Acts 26:19-32

1 Samuel 1:1-2:10

Psalm 49

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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading:

In Psalm 49, we find a powerful message about courage to stand faithful to God in spite of the fear of how the wicked might react. It is a chapter about total surrender, about laying aside one's earthly gain denying present pleasures for future benefits.

As I read Psalm 49, I thought of the message of the Benham brothers. My family and I were blessed to hear these brothers speak at the ATI conference in Big Sandy, Texas a little over a year ago. 

So, today, I'm going to let them share with you how its possible - even vital - to stand for the principles of Scripture, especially in a culture which increasingly rejects them.

Let us be faithful, not falling among those who may find many riches, but because of their compromises, when they die, they can carry nothing of it away (Psalm 49:17). Instead, let us be among those of the Faith Chapter, in Hebrews 11 whose "works do follow them." God bless!