Hearing God’s Voice from His Word
James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.”
Take a moment and turn your attention to God. Tell God that you desire to trust and obey Him. Ask God to speak to you from His word.
Psalm of the Day
Psalm 140:6-8 I say to the Lord, “You are my God.” Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.
Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, you shield my head in the day of battle.
Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord; do not let their plans succeed.
Read the Entire Psalm
You are my God. God is God whether you acknowledge Him as God or not. His place and position is secure. Take a moment now and acknowledge Him as God over all space and time. Tell Him again that you want Him to be your God. Praise Him for His sovereignty, His mercy, and His strength.
1 Peter 1:10-13 – New International Version
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.
Having God’s Ear through Prayer
- Express thanks to God.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal sin to you.
- Confess your sin to Him and receive forgiveness.
(1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sin He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins.”)
- Bring your personal requests to God.
(Psalm 62:8 “Pour out your heart before God”)
- Pray for someone in your small group.
- Join with others from River and pray for Jason and Lisa. Ask God to encourage them and guide them as they serve overseas.
Living as God’s People by applying the Bible
How do you think about the Bible? Maybe subconsciously you think of it as 66 distinct, loosely connected books. Perhaps you think of it as a prequel and sequel, Old and then New Testament. In fact, the Bible is many books, but a single-story line. It is a covenant book. Testament means covenant. The New Testament (Covenant) is not God’s plan “B” when plan “A” failed. The gospel of Jesus was his plan for humanity from eternity past. I was recently asked by one of our grade school students, “How long did it take for God to come up with the idea of the world?” Pretty deep question, isn’t it? My answer, in summary, was that everything God knows he has always known. He didn’t sit around and ponder what kind of cosmos he would make; his knowledge is always perfect and immediate. This means what he knows, he has always known in complete fashion. He doesn’t increase, improve, or grow. He is perfect in every way. This has bearing on how we think about the Old and New Covenant. The entire plan has always been his plan. Revelation 13:8 speaks of the “lamb who was slain before the foundation of the world.” This means that though Christ was crucified in specific space and time, God’s plan of the gospel is timeless.
Application: Ponder/reflect deeply on the majestic mystery of God’s plan in the gospel.