And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times. Psalm 12:6
Years ago there was a commercial that always ran about the investment company, ‘E. F. Hutton’ that always said: ‘When E. F. Hutton speaks, everyone listens’. People loved to hear him speak, because it appeared that when he said to invest in something, it always made money. He was all about making more money, so people hung onto his words.
Along with him, there have been many other people who people hang onto their words. It is as if the person speaks perfect words. Some of those people often don’t even really know what they are talking about, it is just that they are some big celebrity.
David started off this psalm with the idea that most people are liars. In this verse he points out that God’s words are flawless, perfect. They are like purified silver and refined, pure gold. They are to be something sought after and treasured more than anything else.
Money, silver and gold has value in this world, but each are only temporary and can fail. God’s words are perfect and will never fail and are more valuable than gold that has been refined to perfection. It reveals God and His will for each and every person.
Often believers have God’s word sitting on a table at home, collecting dust and never being opened. They choose to not read and study His word. They don’t see the value in His word.
Believers need to seek to know God through His word more and more. His word needs to be sought after as many seek after gold and riches. It can guide and direct a person in this life to prepare for eternity. Just as one can never get enough money, one cannot get enough of God’s word in his life.
Take time each and everyday to read and study God’s word for your own life. Find the extreme value in knowing God’s word for your life. God has something to tell you each and every day from His word if you will let Him by reading it.
Don’t just read this short devotional blog and call it enough. Take time to read the entire chapter or book each day. God has something of high value for you. Seek His word more than you seek after gold or the temporary things of this earth. God’s word is eternal.
I pray today that you will have a hunger to know God’s word; that God will reveal more of Himself to you through His word; that you will see God’s purpose for you in His word; and that you will see the value of God’s word to you.
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but who delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. Psalm 1:1-2
In a nation that is founded upon freedom, most people think that they are blessed in being able to do what they want, how they want and when they want. In the process of doing these things, they often choose to do things that are sinful and against God.
Taking the path of sin does provide some satisfaction and enjoyment for a time. However, that enjoyment is very short lived. As it continues, usually there are many different temporary problems with sin. Then there are also many long term negative effects of their actions. And finally there is death and separation from God with no blessing.
The psalmist writes that the one who is blessed does not take the path that the world takes. He chooses to stay away from sin, but focuses his life on God’s word. It is upon God’s Word that he thinks day and night, allowing it to guide his life.
There have been believers who have stated that it is boring to read the Bible and don’t want to do it. Others have read it once, but then never again. Doing these types of actions, does not give him a true understanding of what God wants and desires in his life.
Each time one reads the Bible, he can learn something new about God. He can learn new ways to live his life for God. It will also give him strength to turn away from sin, since he will know what sin is and he will also know God’s great love. As one follows God’s ways, he will know love, joy, and peace that the world cannot know. He will be blessed.
As a believer, focus your life on God’s word and Him. As you focus on His word, you will not be looking at this world and its sinful ways. In this process God will bless you with His presence, love, joy and peace. These are supernatural things that only God can provide.
You will also know that you are in right standing with God as you follow Jesus and live as He lived. God has blessings ready for you. Look to His word to gain them.
I pray today that you will have a hunger to know God’s word; that God’s word will be made alive to you; that you will turn from the ways of this world to God’s ways; and that you will know God’s blessings to you.
Then I would still have this consolation–my joy in unrelenting pain–that I had not denied the words of the Holy One. Job 6:10
Going through pain or suffering will often change a lot of people. It can change how they think and act. It is very common when a person is suffering from a bad headache, that they will act irrationally towards other people. They will get angry very easily and snap at others. They are not focused very well on their emotions.
Extreme pain or suffering will often cause people to be blinded to the truth. All they see and feel at the moment is pain and no hope. They forget the truth about life.
Job was going through extreme troubles, pain and suffering. He wanted God to take his life, so that he would die without denying God’s word. He was so focused on following God, that he would rather die than deny God and His word. God’s word showed hope and a future.
Sadly many people who go through extreme suffering often begin to deny God’s word. They forget that God loves them no matter what they are going through. They forget that God is with them in the suffering. They forget that in the end they will have eternal life with God in heaven.
All of this forgetting is because they are focused on the pain, rather than on God and His word. In the process of forgetting God’s word, they deny it. They deny the power of God’s word in their lives. Usually they feel as if God has abandoned them, though His word says He will never leave or forsake them.
Believers need to stand firmly upon God’s word in their lives. They need to trust that God’s word is true, regardless of what is going on around them or in their lives.
During times that you will or are going through difficult times in your life, stay focused on what God’s word says. Refuse to deny what He has said about you and to you.
You are His child and He loves you. Nothing you can say, do, or go through will change that. He also has a place reserved for you in heaven if you do not give up and deny His words.
As you are suffering, turn towards God in prayer and in worship. Know that despite what is happening, He has your best interest in mind. Don’t deny God.
I pray today that you will know God’s love towards you; that you will trust God’s words to you; that you will not deny God or His words in your life; and that God will give you strength through all difficult times.
The people of Israel, including the Levites, are to bring their contributions of grain, new wine and olive oil to the storerooms, where the articles for the sanctuary and for the ministering priests, the gatekeeper and the musicians are also kept. “We will not neglect the house of our God.” Nehemiah 10:39
Buildings are often neglected, especially when they get older. Little things start to go wrong and they are ignored. Large problems occur and people move out. They don’t want to deal with the problems and so they abandon the place and neglect its needed care.
This can happen because one believes it is someone else’s responsibility or they don’t want to take the time or resources to maintain the building. They ignore the problems, until it is too late and the building is condemned.
As the Israelites were rebuilding the temple and Jerusalem, they took an oath to not neglect the house of God, the temple. They took an oath to bring in all the required tithes and offerings throughout the year.
While there is a physical church building today, there is still a house of God that is even greater than the building. Each and every believer is a temple of God and all believers together make up the house of God. While people often take care of the physical church building, many will neglect the house of God in themselves or in others.
They don’t take time to study His word, or pray, or be filled with His Holy Spirit and presence. They reject what God has to tell them in search for personal pleasure. They choose to not take time to have a relationship with God.
The people had to bring in: the grain, this is God’s word to feed a believer; the wine, this is the new covenant of salvation brought about by Jesus; and the olive oil, this is the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.
As a believer, you must have these things in your life. Your body is now a temple of God and must be cared for. Having these things in your life, will ensure that all is taken care of in your spiritual body, the temple of God.
Don’t neglect your spiritual body, or it will fall into ruin and bring about a spiritual death. God wants you to have life to the fullest. Accept what He has for you and don’t neglect it.
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit; that you will have a hunger to be fed with God’s word; and that you will not neglect God’s temple in your life or in others.
For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel. Ezra 7:10
Devotion to something is being committed to it. It is being willing to focus on whatever it is one is devoted to, regardless of what else is going on around. It is giving all of one’s time and attention to something.
People are devoted to many different things. Some common things people are devoted to are jobs, sports teams, and hobbies. Often these and other devotions are held so tightly that they can cause the expense of neglect in other areas of life.
Some things should hold this level of devotion, but are often not. Marriage devotion is often ignored. Time with God is often ignored. Many things that should be long-term or eternal are ignored in devotion.
Ezra was a priest during the time of Israel’s exile in Babylon. He had devoted himself to studying and teaching God’s laws to the people of Israel. Since he had devoted himself to God’s word, God’s hand of favor was upon him.
Although today there is grace the overrides the law of the Old Testament, God’s word is still to be used. Believers can devote themselves to studying His word and teaching others about it. This teaching is discipling others, which is what God commanded every believer to do–go and make disciples in all the world.
Studying God’s word does not mean one needs a bible college degree or cannot do other work, it is just taking time daily to get into His word and learn what it is says. It is more than just reading a verse or two each day and running on with the rest of the day. It is taking time to understand what it says and how to apply it to life, then take that word to others.
You, like most people, may have some things that you are devoted to in your life. Your first devotion should be to God and His word. It is His word that lets you know what God wants and how to do it. Take time daily to focus on His word and apply it to your life. Then take time to share what you have learned with others.
Being devoted to His word is making God’s word a priority each day in your life.
Is God’s word a priority in your life?
I pray today that God will place a hunger for His word in your life; that God’s Holy Spirit will guide you in understanding His word; that you will apply God’s word to your life; and that you will share God’s word with everyone you meet.