Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 334
Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK … Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from Kristyn and Keith Getty singing their song … Speak O Lord … singing of how we receive God’s matchless glory through His word.
Highlight Verse: Psalm 119:14 [NKJV] …
14 I rejoice in following Your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.
… We can find the joy of great riches when we are blessed by God’s truth.
Highlight Passage [context]: Psalm 119:9-16 ... USE THIS LINK ...
… The Psalmist declares his joy in meditating on an surrendering to God’s word.
Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : ... Isaiah 55:11 [NKJV] …
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
... God's word always has power for His purposes.
Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : ... John 14:21 ...
21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.
... How filled with joy we should be in our obedience to God's commands in His word.
My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, David McCasland, uses a clear and very human analogy to illustrate how we might react if we came into vast unexpected riches. He writes: Perhaps you've seen the TV ad in which a person answers the door and finds someone who hands over a check for an enormous amount of money [see attached photo]. Then the amazed recipient begins shouting, "I won! I'm rich! I can't believe it! My problems are solved!" [Certainly] striking it rich evokes a great emotional response.
And I think anyone can identify with the emotions one would feel if, somehow, we came into sudden financial providence. And the ODB author today immediately made the comparison of what the author of Psalm 119 wrote in comparing the joy he felt in meditating on and living by God's word. [see Ps. 119:14 above]. This God-inspired song writer had come to realize that being blessed by God's truth from His word can (and should) evoke the same, or even more, joy than we get with vast financial wealth.
But what about you and me? Do we find the kind of joy and exhilaration we might feel in sudden riches when we are blessed by taking in God's truth from His Holy Word? If we are not getting great blessing and joy from God's word, we evidently don't choose to believe what God actually says in Isaiah 55:11 and John 14:21. Because if we really believed what God says in just those two scriptures, let alone the rest of the Bible, we'd be overjoyed to seek out His wealth of wisdom, ... which we can get EVERY TIME we delve into His word.
Well, my friends, that's why you find me coming back here EVERY DAY to open the door of God's love from His word and receive the riches of His glory which He imparts to me from the wealth of wisdom He gives to me from His love letter to me … His Holy word in my Bible.
And I will pray below that we all can find the joy of God's wondrous wealth of truth which we can glean anytime we partake of the living waters from the wondrous well of riches found in God's word.
My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, thank You for providing me with Your vast riches of love and truth in Your Word. And I will continue to come here every day and be blessed by the joy which comes from Your word.. I pray others who come here with me will as well. ... Amen
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