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Faith that transforms life

Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power. I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles. Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim your greatness. Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness. Psalm 145:4-7

All of us experience times of testing that can lead to discouragement and discomfort. Our text provides us an example on how godly people throughout history learned how to remain steadfast and strong during trying moments. David expressed what helped him cope during times of trials: “I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles” (Psalm 145:5). He meditated on God’s character and goodness. He expressed what should be central to people of faith. We should affirm what we believe to be true about the God of creation and history. Meditation is not just Bible reading or scanning a section, as we might with another book. It includes praying over the Scripture that we are reading and studying. Then ask God to help you, through the leading of the Holy Spirit, on how you can apply His word to your life. Have a willing heart to take the action He impresses on you. Nothing is gained in meditating on His Word if you are not willing to listen and do what He is asking you to do. Always remember that when you set aside the time to meet with God in a quiet place, He will be there to meet with you. He will open your minds and hearts. Meditating is not just pondering but doing. Your gratefulness to God’s faithfulness should evoke response manifested in how you live your life. The more you focus on the message of God’s Word, you grow in the knowledge of God and develops your intimacy with Him. Continue to discipline yourself in spending time with God in His Word and you will begin to see the result. You will grow in discerning His will and you will have a clear sense of purpose of what He wants for your life. When you develop having a responsive heart to God’s word you will always treasure the opportunity to hear His word especially when the knowledge and information you gain from His Word changes into experience. For David, knowing God provides Him awareness and assurance that God is by His side. “The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth” (Psalm 145:18). The wisdom you gain from His Word will sustain you and hold you up in times of difficulties. His word will remind you that you have a loving Father who is faithful. “He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them” (Psalm 145:19).

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