This week’s devotional and sermon use Psalm 119 as text. The point of the sermon is to examine what is necessary if the disciple of Jesus is to feel redeemed and accepted, as opposed to guilty and burdened? Read the devotional guide and be challenged to think more seriously about the role of the Bible in creating confident and wise hearts.
Daily Bible Reading:
Monday, July 11. Read 1 Corinthians 3:1-4. 1) What did Paul call the Corinthians Christians? 2) Why did he refer to them this way? 3) What did he hope to see from them?
Tuesday, July 12. Read Ephesians 4:11-16. 1) Why did Christ give us “gifts”? 2) What would the outcome of these gifts be? 3) What do you think would be necessary for the bearers of these gifts?
Wednesday, July 13. Read Psalm 51:3-9. 1) What did the Psalmist say about his transgressions? 2) How did these transgressions make him feel about himself? 3) What would be necessary for him to feel joy and gladness again?
Thursday, July 14. Read Proverbs 6:20-24. 1) What did the writer of this proverb want for his “child”? 2) What did he think was the antidote for his affliction from sin?
Friday, July 15. Read Psalm 22:1-8. 1) How did this Psalmist feel at the moment? 2) Why do you think he felt this way? 3) How would he be delivered from this state?
Saturday, July 16. Read Psalm 119:105-112. This is Sunday’s sermon text.
Prayer for the Week:
Dear Father, please give us direction. Better still, help us to recognize the direction you give and depend solely on it. May we not be like so many blind in the world who do not know they are blind, making one mistake after another while remaining in darkness. In Jesus’ name, I pray this. Amen.
Hymn of the Week:
Lead, Kindly Light by John Henry Newman, 1833
Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling gloom,
lead thou me on;
the night is dark, and I am far from home;
lead thou me on.
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
the distant scene; one step enough for me.
I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou
shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
lead thou me on.
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
pride ruled my will: remember not past years.
So long thy power hath blest me, sure it still
will lead me on,
o’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
the night is gone,
and with the morn those angel faces smile,
which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.
Devotional Article of the Week:
Where do you get your wisdom?
by Alan Smith
A first-grade teacher collected some old, well-known proverbs. She gave each child in her class the first half of a proverb, and he or she had to come up with the rest. Here are the results:
- As You Shall Make Your Bed So Shall You … Mess It Up.
- Better to Be Safe Than … Punch A 5th Grader.
- Strike While The … Bug Is Close.
- It’s Always Darkest Before … Daylight Savings Time.
- You Can Lead A Horse To Water But .. How?
- Don’t Bite The Hand That … Looks Dirty.
- You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New … Math.
- If You Lie Down With The Dogs, You’ll … Stink In The Morning.
- Love All, Trust … Me
- An Idle Mind Is … The Best Way To Relax.
- A Penny Saved Is … Not Much.
- Two’s Company, Three’s … The Musketeers.
- Don’t Put Off Tomorrow What … You Put On To Go To Bed.
- Laugh And The Whole World Laughs With You, Cry And … You Have To Blow Your Nose.
- Children Should Be Seen And Not … Spanked Or Grounded.
- If At First You Don’t Succeed … Get New Batteries.
- You Get Out Of Something What You … See Pictured On The Box.
- When The Blind Leadeth The Blind … Get Out Of The Way.
Ah, the “wisdom” of children! That’s exactly what proverbs are intended to be — an expression of wisdom, the result of years of experience expressed in a few concise words.
The Bible frequently talks about the importance of wisdom — not the wisdom of the world, but God’s wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to make right choices, and the only way to make right choices is to guide our lives by God’s Word.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.” (Psalm 110:10)
May God bless you with wisdom as you open your heart today to His will.