Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
July 24 Scripture Selection: Psalm 95-96
Food for Thought: Ps. 96:2-8
Have you ever really taken the time to notice how much bad news the world bombards us with every day, and how much emphasis is given to the god of this world? Compare that to how many times we actually speak of the good news of God’s goodness or hear it spoken by someone else. It is safe to say that the ratio of the negative “ear pollution” to the positive messages would be about ninety-nine to one.
The Word of God has much to say about the quality of our words. Psalm 19:14 reminds us to think on and speak about things that are acceptable to the Lord: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Further, Ephesians 4:29-31 exhorts us to choose our words carefully: “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers… Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.” And Colossians 4:6 says, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt…” These are just a few to add to the innumerable scriptures that exhort us to tell of His greatness.
Today, let us challenge ourselves to better that ratio and tip the scales so that our hearts and mouths are FULL of testimonies of God’s goodness and He is glorified. Every time we hear something negative, sad, or even infuriating about the things going on in this world, let us counter it by saying something good about the Lord and what He has done. And instead of devoting so much time to the bad news on the T.V., radio, internet, and conversations, how about filling that time with His Word? There really are some great, uplifting programs available, and some quiet time in the Word would be beneficial, as well. Another suggestion is to keep a journal and make note of the many benefits the Lord bestows on us as they occur so that we do not disregard them or forget them and will have them in the forefront of our minds, available to counter the negative stuff.
As our attention is drawn to Him more, and less attention is given to all the damage caused by the enemy, the Lord is glorified and honored, and the peoples of the earth will hear of His greatness. After all, He is greater than all the wretched acts of the enemy working in and through humanity. And God is worthy of all our acclamations. What’s more, the benefits for us (less stress, more positive outlook, etc.) would be immediately notable. Let’s work on that ratio today!
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):