Sunday, September 21, 2014

September 21, 2014 … Feeding on God’s Word

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 264

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Please take the time to see a video of the group, Mercy Me, singing the poignant song Word Of God, Speak, reminding us that God’s word is what we need to hear God’s voice … please note the word of God referenced in this video and well as then poignant and powerful song lyrics …

Highlight Passage: Psalm 19: 10 [NKJV} … God’s word - HOW SWEET IT IS!! …
  10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 
Highlight Context - NKJV: Psalm 19: 7-14 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK The Psalmist declares the perfection and sweetness of God’s truth.

Reference Passage #1: Psalm 119: 97: 104 … [NKJV] ... GO TO THIS LINK This Psalmist loved to feed on God’s Law … especially note Verse 103 which so parallels Psalm 19: 10, quoted above.

Reference Passage #2: Matthew 4: 1-4 … [NKJV] ... GO TO THIS LINK Jesus, hungry from fasting 40 days, was tempted by Satan and quotes from Deuteronomy 8: 3 as to where He gets His spiritual nourishment - i.e., from God’s word.
Reference Passage #3: 2nd Timothy 3: 16-17… [NKJV]
  16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 

Reference Passage #4: Hebrews 5: 12-14… [NKJV] ...  GO TO THIS LINK We need more than the milk of babes to mature in Christ; we need the solid meat of God’s word.

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Dennis Fisher, uses the word picture of a scrumptious dining experience to illustrate what God’s word is the spiritually hungry; and that’s what the attached photo also obviously illustrates.

 Fisher goes on to write: ” When it comes to spiritual food for our souls, God has given us a varied menu that we can chew on and savor. In doing so, we can be filled and satisfied. The historic books, poetry, wisdom literature, prophecy, and other parts of the Bible strengthen us when we are weak, give us wisdom and encouragement, and nourish us for the day’s journey. “

When Jesus was tempted after fasting for 40 days in the wilderness, Satan tried to get him to turn rocks into bread, knowing of Jesus’ bodily weakness and His divine powers; but what did God turn to in this moment of temptation. Yes, God’s word - in this case from Deuteronomy 8:3; and Jesus clearly declares to Satan that we get our spiritual power to resist temptation from God’s truth and His word.

 The Psalmists highlighted from today’s ODB entry (see the references above from Psalm 19 and 119) clearly point to just how filling and sustaining is God’s word when we decide to partake of its sweetness and as we’re fed by God’s Spirit through His word. And both Paul and the Author of Hebrews [see references above] point to how we need to feed on God’s word - even daily - to have the strength to deal with life.

 And this brings us to the challenge from today’s ODB … Are we feasting bountifully on God’s truth … and daily? … Are we being filled and sustained by its empowering enlightenment? Because if we are not, we are spiritually malnourished and weakened in walking through life?

 So, let’s commit to go to the God’s table and be fed from His word … today and every day henceforth.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, I come here everyday to feast at Your table of truth and partake of the sweetness of joy from Your word. Amen

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