The Bible is a huge gift for us. It proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ, of course. But it also equips saints and advices disciples. It keeps us focused on God and when our life focus is God, our life is balanced and blessed. Reading the Bible is so essential to a life of a believer that we really can’t live without it. Or at least stay spiritually alive without it. Today I want to share the beauty of Psalm 34 (MSG) with you. See how much is packed in the first half of one psalm.
I bless God every chance I get;
my lungs expand with his praise.
This is the way to go: praise God every chance we get. The more we praise God, the more we see God’s actions around us. God is good, all the time.
2 I live and breathe God;
if things aren’t going well, hear this and be happy:
This is the way to live: God-ward. When we live and breath God, we are happy. Happiness is inseparable from God. Life is boring without God. With God we are satisfied and blessed.
3 Join me in spreading the news;
together let’s get the word out.
We are all called to share the goodness of God and the vastness of grace with everyone we meet. Not necessarily by words but by actions of love and kindness.
4 God met me more than halfway,
he freed me from my anxious fears.
God is the source of freedom. Without God we are anxious, fearful, burdened. By God’s grace our guilt, shame, fears are taken away. No other way to true freedom. Just Jesus.
5 Look at him; give him your warmest smile.
Never hide your feelings from him.
God loves us. Just as we are. He wants to have an intimate friendship with us. There’s no need to hide anything from God. We are his beloved children. Nothing will ever change that. Nothing.
6 When I was desperate, I called out,
and God got me out of a tight spot.
God is ready to rescue us anytime. We just need to cry out and he will be there helping us out. We are blessed beyond measure to have a savior that is ready to pour out grace upon grace any time.
7 God’s angel sets up a circle
of protection around us while we pray.
Prayer works. God hears. We are blessed and protected in his care. Nothing will separate us from the love of God. We can rest assured all is well even when everything look like all is going wrong. The world and our life is in his hands.
8 Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—
how good God is.
Blessed are you who run to him.
Taste the goodness of God. Emerge yourself in God’s grace. Revel in Jesus. Open your spiritual eyes and see how goo God really is. Nothing compares to God. And there’s nothing better than run to God. Time after time.
9 Worship God if you want the best;
worship opens doors to all his goodness.
Don’t forget to thank God for his blessings. Don’t forget to worship him with everything you’ve got. What happens in worship is a mysterious blessing. We will never be short-changed.
10 Young lions on the prowl get hungry,
but God-seekers are full of God.
When we seek God and his truth, we will be satisfied. When we focus on God and his word, we will be fulfilled. When we give up everything to God, we paradoxically receive even better things in return.
All this richness in ten verses of a psalm. How blessed we are to have the Word of God as a guide and the Holy Spirit as a counselor. The way home has been made ready by Jesus and Father God is calling our names. Let’s proceed with gusto. God is with us!
Thank you for calling each of us by name.
Thank you for providing us the way home in Jesus.
Thank you for filling us with the Holy Spirit.
Thank you for guiding us through your Word.
Thank you for loving us beyond measure.
Be praised forever and ever!
You are our amazing God and we adore you!
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What role does the Bible play in your faith life?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you seek God with everything you’ve got!
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