Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing…
The Psalms: Light for living…
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16–17, NLT)
Of all the 66 books in the bible there are 3 that are standouts for me. One is the book of Isaiah, it is from Isaiah I learn about God, and how He interacts not only with humankind but with me on a personal basis. Another standout is the gospel of John, out of John I learn about Jesus not only as my Savior but also as my personal friend as well. It is in John’s gospel where the Holy Spirit becomes more than just a shadow becoming an intimate extension of Jesus.
And the third member of biblical dynamic trio is the Psalms. The Psalms have been classified as a “Wisdom Book” and in some circles it is called a “Poetic Book” but I have taken the liberty to classify it as a “Prophetic Book”. While it may not provide insight into the future like such prophetic books as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, or Revelation what it does is provide me prophetic insight into how my relationship with God works. In addition to providing me with insight into my relationship with God it also provides me with prophetic insight into Gary Piper.
When I “screw up” and wander off the Psalms tells me why and how I can get back on the right path. When I am depressed the Psalms are there to lift me up. When I feel like I could whip the world all by myself the Psalms are there to short circuit my pride. If you want to read and discover God, read and study Isaiah. If you want to read and discover Jesus, read and study John. If you want to discover Light for living then read and study the Psalms. Keeping in mind the other 63 books of the bible all lend themselves to fulfill Paul’s prophetic insight, “Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” (2 Timothy 3:17, The Message)
One last thought. When reading/studying any of the bible’s 66 books remember you’re not just a casual observer reading a text book or a newspaper you are an active participant in the ongoing story of God. When you read/study the Psalms become the Psalmist and watch and witness what the Holy Spirit does to your life and your living life.
Believe in presence of the GOD and in the strength of his GRACE!
GRACE and PEACE,
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