The Power of God’s Word (1)
Of all the words ever spoken, only ‘…the word of God is alive and powerful’ (Hebrews 4:12 NLT). So when you read your Bible, you tap into a life-changing force.
Let’s look at some of the wonderful characteristics and effects attributed to God’s Word in Psalm 19.
1) ‘The law of the Lord is perfect…’ To understand the word ‘law’, think of governing forces by which things like gravity, aerodynamics and physics work. When you deny or defy these laws you suffer; when you operate according to them you succeed, but either way they are always in force! So is God’s Word. It cannot be improved upon, added to, or taken from. It is adequate and able to accomplish His purposes in your life. Additionally, it ‘refreshes the soul’! Why wouldn’t you embrace it?
2) ‘The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy…’ (v. 7 NIV). You can count on the reliability and accuracy of God’s Word in every circumstance of life. In a world of changing values, conditions and relationships, you can place your full weight on the Scriptures, confident they will hold up—and hold you up, too! Furthermore, it will ‘make wise the simple’—the ignorant and immature. It will produce in you wisdom far beyond what’s available through study and education.
3) ‘The precepts of the Lord are right…’ (v. 8 NIV). God’s precepts are accurate, correct and virtuous, and we are called to ‘…add to [our] faith virtue…’ (2 Peter 1:5) or moral excellence. This cannot be accomplished through will-power, but through God’s supernatural word-power.
‘The law of the LORD is perfect…’ Psalms 19:7 NKJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Psalm 9:9-10; 16:11; 18:16, 19; 25:4-5
In the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you & watch! Those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, have not forsaken those who seek you! You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore! He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters. He rescued me, because he delighted in me! Make me to know your ways, o lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth & teach me, for you are the god of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long!