February 27 – God’s Perfect Revelation

Day 58 – Read Psalm 19

Psalm 19:7-8  – “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes…(10a) More to be desired are they than gold…”

In this psalm David makes reference to two aspects of divine revelation.  The first can be seen in creation.  Both the heavens and the earth give evidence of the work of God.  The Apostle Paul agrees with this in Romans 1:20, where he states that the invisible attributes of God can be clearly seen in the things that He made at creation.  No one looking at the divine design of the universe has any excuse for denying the existence of a Creator.

The second aspect of divine revelation is found in the written Word of God.  Both the Old and New Testaments declare God’s will and wisdom to guide us into a purposeful life on earth that is pleasing to Him, as well as the path to eternal life.  This written revelation is described here in various terms: law, testimony, statutes, and commandment.

Each term is accompanied by a specific characteristic: perfect, sure, right, and pure.  The divine revelation is perfect in the sense that it is complete.  There is nothing lacking that is essential for life and godliness.  It is without error – there are no mistakes.  It is absolutely true.  It is also sure.  It can be trusted.  It is a faithful and firm foundation that you can build your life upon.  It is right.  It is fair and just.  It is straight as opposed to crooked.  It will never lead you down the wrong path.  And it is pure.  It is without blemish and free from any impurities or corrupt tendencies.  It will always lead to purity of life.

There is also stated the effect of the revelation in our lives.  It converts the soul.  It turns us back to God by delivering us from sin to holiness, from bondage to freedom, from death to life.  It makes us wise in the knowledge of God and His ways.  It rejoices the heart bringing joy and happiness into a fallen world.  And it enlightens the eyes.  It shows us what we should do, and what we should not do.

Most men seek gold more than God.  But gold is for material benefit and is only valuable in this life.  God’s Word can bring greater benefit and lasts forever.  Let it be your desire today.  You won’t regret it.

February 26 – The Fullness of Joy

Day 57 – Read Psalm 16

Psalm 16:11 – “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Psalm 16 is one of the Messianic Psalms.  Peter refers to it, quoting verses 8-11, in his first sermon after being filled with the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:25-31).  In doing so he applies those verses to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

But David, even though he was writing prophetically about the Messiah, was also writing about his own experience with God.  He had found God to be his provider, protector, guide, and constant companion.  He was always with him through every situation in this life, and he had great confidence that He would be with him even in death.

This is one of those scriptures that can be applied to this life, as well as to the life hereafter.  And just as it applies to Jesus and David, we can take it as our own promise, too.  God is with us to give us an abundant life on this earth, and hope for something even better when this life is over.

As we put our trust in Jesus Christ to be our constant companion, He will give us strength to overcome our trials and lead us into all that God has in store.  He has also given us the Holy Spirit to lead us into God’s Will and help us to experience His presence in our daily lives.  Through Him we can have the fullness joy and pleasures that will last forever.

February 25 – Pure Words

Day 56 – Read Psalm 12

Psalm 12:6,7 – “The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of the earth, purified seven times.  You shall keep them, O Lord, You shall preserve them from this generation forever.”

In this psalm the words of the Lord are being contrasted with the words of men.  The words of the godly, no matter how sincere and well meaning, cannot be relied upon to always come to pass.  Even though their intentions are good, they don’t always have the power or ability to fulfill them.  The godly man will cease (v. 1).

How much less reliable are the words of the ungodly?  Their words are often idle, vain, not having any true significance.  They speak with flattery and double meanings in order to get their own way (v. 2).  They cannot be trusted.

But the words of the Lord are pure.  Just as silver is passed through the fire to remove all of the impurities, so the word of the Lord can be trusted to mean what it says. There is no mixture of falsehood or double meaning.  There is no blemish or defect.  The words of the Lord are perfect and complete.

The psalmist begins by calling out for help from the Lord because the faithful men, those he trusted, had disappeared from around him.  He ends the psalm by declaring the faithfulness of God that will last forever.  God can be trusted to keep His word from generation to generation.

No matter what you are facing today, look to God’s word for help.  If He has given you a promise that is yet to be fulfilled, keep your confidence in God’s faithfulness to do what He has said He would do.  Even if man’s word has failed you, God’s word will never fail.

February 24 – Lift up your Head

Day 55 – Read Psalm 3

Psalm 3:2-3 – “Many are they who say of me, ‘there is no hope for him in God.’  But You O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head.”

Things looked bad for David at this time in his life.  His son, Absalom, had formed an army and was marching on Jerusalem to overthrow David and take his place as king.  As David and his men left the city, he covered his head and wept.  A man, Shimei, cursed and threw stones at him.  I can almost see David leaving the city with his head hung down in sorrow and shame.

It seemed like everything was against him.  Many were saying that God had forsaken him and he was now without hope.  But as he had done before during times of great trial, David found strength in God.  It was at this time that he wrote the 3rd Psalm. 

His circumstances were so much against him that those looking on concluded that not even God could help him now.  Have you ever felt that way?  Have your circumstances seemed so hopeless that it was even hard to believe that God could help you?

It is usually during times of great stress that we can’t sleep.  We toss and turn all night replaying the problem over and over again in our minds.  But David learned that he could trust in God.  When he turned his problem over to Him he wrote: “I lay down and slept.”  That is the peace that passes all understanding, and it only comes from God.

The key to David’s victory is found in verse 3.  As long as he looked at his circumstances he felt defeated.  But as soon as he turned his focus upon God things changed.  “But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head.”  David knew that God would protect him and restore all that he had lost.  He could lift his head in confidence knowing that God was in control.

If you are going through a difficult time today, try to get your eyes off of your circumstances and turn your focus upon God.  What He did for David He will do for you.

February 23 – Be Happy

Day 54 – Read Psalm 1

Psalm 1:1-3 – “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”

The word for ‘blessed’ in this passage could just as correctly been translated ‘happy’.  The pursuit of happiness is one of the unalienable or sovereign rights of men, as stated in the Declaration of Independence.  Everyone wants to be happy.

The problem is that the pursuit of happiness takes us down many different roads.  Unfortunately, while many roads offer happiness, few are truly able to provide it.  Some may provide temporary happiness, but it is not lasting.  It has been seen over and over again that wealth, power, and fame seldom provide lasting satisfaction.  Some promises of happiness even become destructive in the end. 

So how can we find true, lasting happiness?

This passage tells us that it will never be found through seeking the counsel of those who do not know God, seeking advice from those who have missed the mark, or spending time with those who mock God’s way.  True and lasting happiness can only be found by following the instructions given to us by our Creator.

Those who choose to delight in God’s Word, feasting upon it and applying it to their lives, will be like a healthy tree, fruitful and productive.  The way of God may seem at times as foolishness to the world, but it will always result in a satisfying life.  There are no regrets for those who follow God’s way.

February 22 – Great Things Ahead

Day 53 – Read Job 42:1-17

Job 42:10 – “And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends.  Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” (12a)- “Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning.”

Job’s troubles began when Satan came against him to steal, kill, and destroy.  It is always his intention to do evil.  Satan’s plans for us are never good.  Nonetheless, God placed limits upon what he could do to Job and his life was spared.  During his trial Job was abandoned by his family and friends, and those who did come to him accused him of sinning against God. 

As you read through the book it appears as if Job gets about as low as a man can go.  If you didn’t know the end of the story you might begin to feel as if there was no hope.  But there is always a future and a hope in God.  What Satan meant for evil, God turned for good.  Not only did God place limits upon Satan in Job’s trial, but Satan was unable to stop God’s blessings when they were bestowed upon him.

So it is with us.  God will not allow us to be tempted or tried beyond what we are able to withstand.  As long as we live beneath His umbrella of protection He will place limits upon what Satan can do to us.  We are safe in His hands.

God’s future for you is good, but it is important that you protect your heart during times of trials.  Job could have become angry and bitter toward his friends, but God gave him the opportunity to forgive them and cleanse his heart.  Then, after he had prayed for them, God ended the trial and brought restoration.  His latter days were blessed more than his beginning.

Don’t ever think that God is through with you.  Just because you are going through a difficult time right now doesn’t mean that things won’t get better.  Don’t live looking back at former blessings as if the best is behind you.  God still has great things ahead.

February 21 – God Knows

Day 52 – Read Job 23:1-12

Job 23:10 – “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.”

In verses 1-9 Job expresses the dilemma he is facing – he can’t find God.  No matter where he looks God is not there.  Nevertheless, he makes a tremendous declaration of faith:  “He knows the way that I take.”  Even though he can’t see God, God sees him. 

How many times have you experienced this same dilemma?  You have searched for God but He seems so distant.  You have called out to Him, but haven’t heard His voice.  Be assured today that no matter where you are or what you are going through, God sees you and He knows all about your situation.  There is not one detail that escapes His knowledge.  He is in control. 

But that is not all.  Not only does God know what you are going through, He is also going to use it for good in your life.  Job gives us a wonderful insight into the working of God.  He compares himself to gold being purified in the fire.  Even though the fire is extremely hot, the gold is not harmed.  As it passes through the fire the impurities are burned away and the gold comes out purer and more valuable.

So it is with you.  If you are living in a relationship with Jesus Christ there is no reason to fear.   As you go through a time of trial it will not harm you; it will make you better.  The fire is only temporary.  Just as the gold must come out of the fire to be useful, God will bring you out of the trial to be used for His glory.

If you are going through a difficult time right now I want you to take a moment to repeat to yourself: “God knows.”  Do this several times and you will be strengthened.

February 20 – Be at Peace

Day 51 – Read Job 22

Job 22:21-22 – “Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you.  Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, and lay up His words in your heart.”

The Book of Job is considered to be the oldest book in the Bible, and yet we find in these verses a profound understanding of the importance of having a personal relationship with God.  Job was confused and distressed about his present trial.  He had lost everything and felt that he might die.  He needed peace of mind.

True peace can only come from a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  First of all, we find peace with God as we are reconciled to Him through the blood of Jesus.  We are no longer strangers, separated from God and condemned to die for our sins.  But, we become His children and enter into the benefits of that relationship.

Secondly, we have the peace of God that fills our heart and mind.  Even in times of trouble we can have peace knowing that our Heavenly Father is in control and will work all things together for our good.  These are the words spoken to Job.  God only has good things prepared for His children.

While we don’t have to convince God to do this for us, sometimes we have to convince ourselves to believe it.  There are times when it is hard to be at peace in the midst of trouble.  That is why verse 22 is so important.  The more of God’s Word we have stored in our hearts, the more faith we will have to believe that He is with us in our trial.  The result is the peace of God that goes beyond understanding.

Draw near to Him today and be at peace.  God has good things in store for you.

February 19 – I Know

Day 50 – Read Job 19

Job 19:25-26 – “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God.”

George Fredrick Handel composed the oratorio Messiah in twenty-four days.  A servant who came in while he was writing the “Hallelujah Chorus” found the composer weeping profusely.  When Handel could speak, he told the servant, “I think I did see all heaven before me and the great God Himself.”  Immediately following the chorus is a passage that opens with the forceful voice of a soprano singing these words from Job, “I know that my Redeemer liveth”.

Job had hit the depths of despair.  As you read the verses of chapter 19 leading up to this point you find a man who feels totally forsaken, rejected, disgraced, humiliated, and broken.  He has nowhere to go but up.  His past is gone.  His present is torment.  But Job, inspired by the Holy Spirit, gets a glimpse into the future; and it is good.

In another great declaration of faith he states: “I know…”  He was certain.  There was no guessing, hoping, pleading, or praying.  With Holy Spirit inspired faith Job once again declares his total trust and confidence in God.  This prophetic revelation could only have come from the Holy Spirit.  “I know my Redeemer lives…and in my flesh I shall see God.”  Job is more convinced now than ever that everything will turn out for good in the end.

It is important what you know.  But sometimes our circumstances work against our beliefs.  That is where we need the Holy Spirit.  He will lead us into all truth.  He can supersede our circumstances with a prophetic illumination of God’s Word so that we can see beyond our present situation and into the glorious promises He has in store for us.

No matter what you are going through today, open your heart to the Spirit of God and let Him bring encouragement, comfort, and hope into your life.

February 18 – Come and Drink

Day 49 – Read Job 14

Job 14:7-9 – “For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its tender shoots will not cease.  Though its root may grow old in the earth, and its stump may die in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant.”

In the previous chapter Job declared his unwavering trust and total dependence upon God (13:15).  As we continue to read we learn of Job’s belief and hope in the resurrection (v.13). 

Unlike a tree that may sprout again and put forth new shoots upon the earth, Job knows that death for a human means departure from this world.  Yet, death is not the end.  There is always the hope of resurrection for the believer in Jesus Christ.

Job, of course, had a great disadvantage compared to us in that he lived thousands of years before Christ.  He didn’t have an understanding of the resurrection and life after death that we do today.  Nevertheless, his words can still bring comfort and hope.

Job spoke of water bringing life out of a fallen tree.  Jesus, speaking to the woman at the well, made this wonderful promise: “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.  But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14).

Jesus is still offering the water of life to those who are thirsty for His presence.  The invitation is open to all who come to the well of salvation.  Don’t delay; it’s yours for the taking.  Come and drink.

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