Our Daily Bread 25th August 2020 Devotional – Wonderful Reward
TODAY’S TOPIC: WONDERFUL REWARD
Bible in a Year: Psalm 119:1–88; 1 Corinthians 7:20–40
Key Verse: Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. – Psalm 119:18
Today’s Scripture: Psalm 119:17–24 (NIV)
17 Be good to your servant while I live,
that I may obey your word.
18 Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law.
19 I am a stranger on earth;
do not hide your commands from me.
20 My soul is consumed with longing
for your laws at all times.
21 You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed,
those who stray from your commands.
22 Remove from me their scorn and contempt,
for I keep your statutes.
23 Though rulers sit together and slander me,
your servant will meditate on your decrees.
24 Your statutes are my delight;
they are my counselors.
Insight: Our Daily Bread 25th August 2020 Devotional
This great acrostic poem celebrating the revelation of God’s law is an easily recognizable passage of Scripture. But due to its length (176 verses), it’s often studied only a portion at a time. Acrostic poems use the repetition of letters and sounds at the beginning of each couplet. This is one of the many literary devices that Hebrew authors used in these hymns. Others include metaphor, simile, and parallelism. Hebrew poets used these elements to enhance and emphasize the message of their poetry.
Message: Our Daily Bread 25th August 2020 Devotional
Donelan, a teacher, had always been a reader, but one day it literally paid off. She was planning a trip and reviewing her lengthy travel insurance policy when on page seven she discovered a wonderful reward. As part of their “It Pays to Read” contest, the company was giving $10,000 to the first person to read that far into the contract. They also donated thousands of dollars to schools in Donelan’s area for children’s literacy. She says, “I’ve always been that nerd who reads contracts. I was the most surprised of anyone!”
The psalmist wanted his eyes opened to “see wonderful things” about God (Psalm 119:18). He must have had an understanding that God wants to be known, and so he longed for a deeper closeness to Him. His desire was to see more of who God is, what He’d already given, and how to follow Him more closely (vv. 24, 98). He wrote, “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long” (v. 97).
We too have the privilege of taking time to ponder God, His character, and His provisions—to learn about and grow closer to Him. God longs to instruct us, guide us, and open our hearts to who He is. When we search for Him, He rewards us with greater wonder at who He is and the enjoyment of His presence! By: Anne Cetas
Reflect: As you open your Bible and read, how is your heart and mind opened to God and His ways? What would you like to know or experience more of?
Today’s Prayer: How I love Your Word, God. It’s sweet to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.
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