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9 November 2023 ‘The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living.’ Psalm 19:8 NLT

The marquee outside a little country church read: ‘Jesus said…’ That’s it – nothing else! Obviously the custodian was interrupted before finishing the job, leaving the incomplete message for passing drivers to fill in the blank. Doubtless, some would drive by giving it little thought. The more biblically minded might search their memory for the right answer. Some might think the custodian missed an opportunity to proclaim words that can transform lives. Jesus said, ‘Every word I’ve spoken to you is a Spirit-word and so it is life-making’ (John 6:63 MSG). The words of people can inform us, but only the words of God can transform us. David understood the awesome benefits of God’s Word. In Psalm 19:7-11 NLT, he tells us it’s essential for these: 1) ‘Reviving the soul.’ God’s Word is inexhaustible, but we’re not! We wear down with time and effort, and need restoration and revitalising. 2) ‘Making wise the simple.’ God’s Word gives you insights for crucial, everyday decision-making. A high IQ isn’t required; the Bible is for regular and ordinary people. David said, ‘I have more insight than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, because I have observed Your precepts’ (Psalm 119:99-100 NASB 1995 Edition). 3) ‘Bringing joy to the heart’ (Psalm 19:8 NLT). Happiness is dependent on having the right people and circumstances in your life. But ‘joy’ is different; it’s an inside job that comes from living by the principles of Scripture. 4) ‘Giving insight for living.’ When you have a problem in your personal life, home life, or working life, God’s Word offers you ‘insight for living’. It’s your handbook for life!


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