Our Daily Walk

The Voice Of God In Nature And Revelation

The Heavens declare the Glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork.

~ Ps 19:1

Verses (Psa 19:1-6): Those whose hearts are in tune with God can hear voices in Nature which are inaudible to the ordinary man. The poet Blake says: “When the morning sun ascends the eastern sky, you may behold only a light yellow disc, whereas I shall see and hear the infinite multitude of the heavenly host, crying, Holy, Holy, Holy!” Yet, though there is no speech nor language, is it not true that “their words are gone forth to the end of the world”? There is no nation of men that has not heard the voice of Nature speaking of God (Act 14:16-17; Rom 1:20-21).

In Psa 19:7-11 the Psalmist describes the effect of the Word of God when the Spirit of Truth works through it and by it on the soul. There are many ways of reading the Bible—as a history, as a revelation of man’s gropings after God, as a piece of great literature; but the best way is to ask the Divine Spirit to make it a medium through which He may approach our innermost nature. Listen to God’s voice speaking within you. Be still, that you may hear. The Spirit searches into the deep things of God, and reveals them to our spirit (1Co 2:10). All that God has ever said or been to others, He will say and be to you, if only your heart is lowly and contrite. “Speak to me, Lord, by Prophet and Psalmist, by lyric and prose, by narrative and appeal. Speak through Thy Word to restore my soul, to rejoice my heart, and to enlighten mine eyes!” When to the quiet and waiting soul God uses His own Word thus, it is more to be desired than fine gold, and is sweeter than the taste of honey from the comb.

The effect of God’s Word, when used by the Holy Spirit, is very remarkable (Psa 19:11-14). It convinces of sin. Just as linen is shown to be discoloured against freshly-fallen snow, so we realise our errors and cry to be cleansed from hidden and secret sins.

David knew little of the glory and wonder of the Cross, where God spared not His own Son, but in Him stooped to reconcile man to Himself. The starry heavens, telling of the glory of God, and even the Law itself, are not able to tell us what the Cross of Jesus does, of Love that matched itself against hate, and of Grace that would not be turned away by human sin.

Prayer

I pray Thee, gracious Lord, that I may not miss any of those lessons which Thou art desirous of teaching me by Thy Spirit, Thy Word, and Thy Providence. Amen.

Evening Prayer

SEEK FORGIVENESS  
2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 86:5; Romans 8:1

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

I pray that if you sin against God you will be quick to humble yourself and seek forgiveness. May you not hide your sin from the Lord or fear condemnation, for there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. I pray that you will receive God’s forgiveness and renew your determination to turn from all wicked ways. May you know that God is forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call on Him.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Our Daily Walk

The Silver Lining In The Dark Cloud

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

~ Ps 42:5,11

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

~ Ps 43:5

These two Psalms are evidently one. See how the same refrain rings through them both! They are generally allocated to that sad time in David’s history, when the rebellion of his favourite son, Absalom, drove him as an exile beyond the Jordan (2Sa 15:14). But amid the great sorrows that rolled over his soul, there was one glad ingredient. Thrice over the Psalmist encourages himself to Hope! For many a sorrowful soul, this is a true emblem. Amid all the disappointment and despair of life, there is always one chord of Hope—God! We may stand amid the wreck of our earthly hopes. Through misconduct or mistake, as the result of folly or sin, we may have reduced ourselves and those dear to us to the last degree of misery; but the soul may always turn from its low estate to God, sure that He will have mercy, will abundantly pardon, and will turn again the adverse pressure of the tide.

See how the broken-hearted may still speak of God! This man had grievously sinned. He seemed to have forfeited all claim on God’s recognition and care. He had brought shame and disgrace on the cause of religion. All down the years the story of his wrong-doing would give the enemies of truth abundant reason to blaspheme. And yet see how he dares to speak of God! He describes Him as the God of his life, as his Rock, as the Health of his countenance, the God of his strength, and the Gladness of his joy. This is a great lesson! We may change, but God changes never. We may turn our face from Him, or allow some evil thing to loom between ourselves and the clear shining of His face. But he shines on, and when we confess our sins, and put them away, we find ourselves afresh in the clear shaft of His illuminating rays. You may have lost all hope in yourself, your friends, your circumstances, but you must never lose your hope in God.

The past, which can only be viewed with repentance, is forgiven; the present, in which God is willing to be All-in-all; the future, when again the soul shall praise Him with joyful lips. Hope looks into the future. “I shall yet praise Him.”

Prayer

Our Father, forgive, we pray Thee, our murmuring and discontent, our perverseness and waywardness. Teach us to discern the silver edge of the lowering clouds, and to trust Thy love, which is leading us safely and by a right way to our home. Amen.

Evening Prayer

ENDURANCE WITH A PURPOSE 
2 Timothy 3:10-14

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

I pray that you will have the endurance to withstand the persecution inevitable in a godly life in Christ. Remember that the Lord will give you the grace and strength to carry on. I pray that you will persevere and not be shaken – persecutors will go on deceiving and being deceived. I pray that you will finish the race and achieve the purposes of God in your life. May God grant you endurance every day.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Live Loved

Use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.
~ ROMANS 6:13 [NLT]

God’s Tool, God’s Temple 

When it comes to our bodies, the Bible declares that we don’t own them. “You are no longer your own. God paid a great price for you. So use your body to honor God” (1 Corinthians 6:19–20 CEV). Use your body to indulge your passions? To grab attention? To express your opinions? No. Use your body to honor God. “Use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God” (Romans 6:13 NLT). Your body is God’s instrument, intended for his work and for his glory. . . .

What work is more important than God’s? Doesn’t it stand to reason that God’s tools should be maintained? . . .

Maintain God’s instrument. Feed it. Rest it. When he needs a sturdy implement—a servant who is rested enough to serve, fueled enough to work, alert enough to think—let him find one in you. He uses you. . . .

Your body, God’s tool. Maintain it.

Your body, God’s temple. Respect it.

“God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body” (1 Corinthians 6:20 MSG).

Manage God’s house in such a way that passersby stop and notice. “Who lives in that house?” they will ask. And when they hear the answer, God will be honored.

~ IT’S NOT ABOUT ME

Heavenly Father, our bodies belong to you; they do not belong to us. We are your children, and we want to use our bodies as tools to honor you. Help us to be faithful to care for our bodies with proper food and rest and exercise. Teach us how to be good stewards of the bodies you created for us. Forgive us when we do not take care of what really belongs to you. May we be faithful to maintain and respect our bodies in a way that brings honor and glory to you, amen.

I discipline my body and bring it into subjection.
~ 1 CORINTHIANS 9:27 

 Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 
~  1 CORINTHIANS 6:19 

To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 
~ ROMANS 8:6

Evening Prayer

JESUS’ HEALING POWER 
Matthew 4:23-24; Matthew 8:7; Matthew 9:35; Luke 6:18-19

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

I pray that you will know the healing power of Jesus. May He touch your body today and cure you of any disease or sickness. May you believe that there is no illness too daunting for His power, or too trivial for His compassion. Whether it is the common cold or cancer that is ailing you, I pray that you will trust that Jesus can heal it. He is the Lord who will protect you and preserve your life. He will sustain you in your sick bed and restore you. He will conquer Covid~19!  May you receive your healing today.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

EXAMPLE OF SERVITUDE 
Deuteronomy 10:12; Matthew 20:26-28; Philippians 2:7

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

I pray that you will serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. May you follow Jesus, our greatest example of servitude. I pray that you will also desire to be great by living like a servant, by becoming His slave. May His Spirit help you to be a leader in the way that He was. Understand that Jesus Himself took the very nature of a servant – He came to serve, laying down His life as a ransom for many. I pray that you will imitate His example, being grateful of what He has done for you. I pray that you can teach, lead and serve others in the same way.