Sunday 27th January, 2019
Hymn of meditation: PH 330
My gracious God and friend,
Fountain, from You good things flow.
All things You created,
You gave us all things needful.
Grant that my body, mind,
My spirit and my all,
Be pure, as You desire,
Your glory, I do seek.
By His grace, God has kept us and brought us thus far. May His name be praised! As we remain in His presence, we shall experience the glory of God in all our endeavours. Dear ones in the Lord, our theme for today is “Words of life”.
- A word is a communication or spoken message.
- The New Testament also refers to Jesus Christ as the Word of God.
- Life is the physical function of people, animals and plants.
- In physical terms, it is the period between birth and death. It is a gift from God who is the source of all life.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Beloved, God spoke and the heaven were created, He breathed and all creation received their being. In Christ, the Word of God, He planned the purpose for mankind and was finally revealed through His love.
Sometimes, we encounter and hear words that may frustrate and ‘put us off’.
A look at the life of Nehemiah: God spoke to him and empowered him to write the book after which Ezra, the Priest, went and explained it to the people. When the Israelites had returned from exile, they went to Ezra and enquired of him to explain to them. The people gathered in their numbers, both young and old to hear and understand the Word. They were deeply touched and surrendered their ways to the Lord. The Lord restored them and repositioned them. May He do same for you today as you believe on Him!
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat. The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
God is at His own time revealing Himself through His Words and through His handiworks.
The mountains and valleys all glorify God, so does all creation. If these things could bless the name of the Lord, then we as humans should do even better. God expects us to praise, worship and glorify Him at all times.
From the third reading…
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
May God today, close your book and open a new one for you.
After Jesus had finished reading, all the people were astonished and they began to understand that really, Jesus was the Messiah that was to come. Today, I encourage you to seek Jesus, not the Bible or what you have heard being read. Look at Him in a different vein – He is here to take your problems away. Jesus is here to restore you back unto Himself and to give you what you need because His faithfulness is forever sure. Are you ready to tell Him “I have heard you and I open a new chapter with you”?
When they heard the Word, their lives were set free, properties were returned to them and old debts were cancelled because it was the year of jubilee.
The Word of God brings life to dead souls, sets the captives free, heals the broken-hearted, and brings hope to the hopeless and light to those in darkness.
How often do you read and respond to the Word of God. Do you see it as the mirror on your life? Let it be the lamp unto your feet and the light to your path.