INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE BIBLE
Today has been designated International Day of the Bible.
The 119th Psalm is dedicated to the value of the Bible in the practical reality of daily life. Because it is divided into twenty-two stanzas corresponding to the letters of the alphabet, one tradition teaches that this psalm was written by King David to instill a love for the Word of God, while at the same time teaching his son Hebrew script.
The beginning of the second stanza encapsulates the practical value of the Bible:
How can a young man cleanse his way?
By taking heed according to Your word.
With my whole heart I have sought You;
Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
Blessed are You, O Lord!
Teach me Your statutes.
Life filled with purpose and fulfillment begins when we focus on the Word of God.
The psalmist highlights the example of a young man who during that specific time of life is intensely vulnerable to pressure and temptation.
If the psalmist is indeed King David, he poses a rhetorical question to draw his son back to the heart of the issue. . . How can a young man hope for a pure and subsequently peaceful life? By focusing on the Word of God and incorporating biblical principles into the reality of daily life.
INTERNALIZING GOD’S WORD
Whatever fills the mind and heart influences our actions.
Reading, contemplating and memorizing the Word of God is not merely our religious duty, but a vital necessity for success in life.
Internalizing the principles of Scripture gives stability and perspective in a world system dominated and influenced by Satan who actively engages in attempting to circumvent God’s will and purpose. (1)
The apostle Paul clearly attested:
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16).
ARROGANCE VERSUS HUMILITY BEFORE GOD
Neglecting the Word of God is the epitome of arrogance expressing an attitude that your finite mind is better equipped to deal with daily circumstances than the infinite God of creation.
Conversely, choosing to read and internalize the Word of God demonstrates a humility that seeks the wisdom of God in coping with life experiences.
Reading the Word of God doesn’t necessarily result in an emotional experience. However, when you choose to make its principles the primary input affecting your worldview, your life will change—for the better! Make that choice today!
(1) While Satan persists unrelentingly to draw men away from God, we know his attempts are futile. God will decisively deal the final deathblow and crush Satan’s kingdom (Rom. 16:20; Rev. 20:10).
1) Bible opened to Isaiah. By, Ken Horn, [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
2) Food for Thought; Reading the Bible. By Rushay (RUSH) Booysen (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rushay/300819410) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
Charles E. McCracken is an international Bible teacher, long-time friend of Israel and advocate for the Jewish people. With 40 plus years of ministry experience, Rev. McCracken is known for authenticity in communicating biblical truth that makes his presentations relevant for those seeking to understand the significance of Israel and the church in Bible prophecy. He staunchly supports the nation of Israel and the Jewish people’s right to exist and live in peace.
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