'The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul...' Psalm 19:7 NLT
Truth is, there’s a lot of soul–changing goodness in your Bible. If you know this already, we have one piece of advice today—go for it. Crack it open. If you’re unsure of where to start, look down at SoulFood at the bottom of this reading. Use it every day and it’ll take you through the Bible in one year. Alternatively, head to the Gospel of John. Or one of Paul’s letters. Whatever you fancy really; the point is, once you’ve started reading, we reckon that’s half of the battle there and then. Satan doesn’t want you to learn God’s truth, and keeping your Bible shut might just further his plans. Now’s a good time to open your Bible (app) as we head into Psalm 19. Time for a David–inspired Bible FAQ: Feeling down? God’s Word will revive your soul (Psalm 19:7). It brings ‘joy to the heart’ (Psalm 19:8). And why should we follow what God says? We’ll benefit from it—His ways of living are ‘sweeter than honey’ (Psalm 19:10), and there’s ‘great reward for those who obey them’ (Psalm 19:11). King David knew what he was talking about. He knew he needed God’s help to ‘Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt.’ (Psalm 19:12–13 NLT) There’s power in your Bible—God will use it to change us for good. Read the whole of today’s Psalm. Do you feel challenged? Encouraged to read more Bible? Bring your thoughts to God, and pray about how you can take in more of God’s Word each day.
SoulFood: Joel 2:23-32, Acts 2:1-21
WORD4TODAY (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd