Monday, August 4th, 2014
Valiant! Like David (Part 38)
How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your Word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your Commandments! Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You...
I will delight myself in Your Commandments, Which I love. My hands also I will lift up to Your Commandments, Which I love, and I will meditate on Your Statutes...
Your Word is a Lamp to my feet and a Light to my path.
Psalm 119:9-11,47-48,105 (NKJV)
If I had to choose one life Verse, it would be John 8:31-32: 'If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'
If I had to choose my favorite Psalm, it would be Psalm 119: the long one. The NKJV calls it 'Meditations on the Excellencies of the Word of God.'
If I was allowed to choose my own epitaph, it would be this one: 'The Bible is true: every Word. By It, by Him, we live.' *
To say that King David was a man of God's Word is true. Even so, it's an understatement. King David was in love with God's Word--like no other person, place or thing in his life. He said it, and he lived it.**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: take heed. Not Jesus Calling, not AMTC's devotions, nor any well-regarded Bible study is a substitute for the Word of God. No televangelist, no author, nor any pastor is a substitute for the Word of God.
Because the Word of God is Jesus. He is 'The Beginning and the End' of your understanding (Revelation 1:8). Let no one stand between Him and you. You do not need an interpreter. He will speak in your language. But you must open His Book.
That being said, I am thankful for the good leaders and excellent examples in my life.*** Even so, Jesus warns us not to get star struck with teachers, 'For One is your Teacher, the Christ' (Matthew 23:8,10).
Consider a game called Rumors: one person whispers a fact into the next person's ear, and that person to the next--and so it goes. By the time the information reaches the end, what the last person heard is a world away from what the first person said.
So get in God's Word every day. Consider it more than a discipline.
Consider His Word to be your Agent, Manager and Casting Director; your Protector, Provider and Promoter; your Fortune and your Fortune Teller; your Life and your Destiny.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion, 'The Winning Word:' http://www.amtcdevotions.com/the-chain-of-command-part-7-the-winning-word
** Other Scriptures to consider regarding the Word of God: http://www.openbible.info/topics/gods_word
*** My pastor is Dr. George S. Dillard of Peachtree City Christian Church. The leader of my house is Adam She, my son-in-law. The excellent examples of Christ in my life are too numerous to list, but in my B.C. years, they included Rachel Taylor (my retired assistant), Nise Davies (a fellow board member) and Donna Groff, who helped lead me to the Lord.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Valiant! Like David series.