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June 16, 2024

Rēad to Read …Again


Daily Reading: Psalm 17-20

 

Psalm 18:46

The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

 

If a person were made to choose a verse as a theme verse for the book of Psalms, there could be no better verse selected than today’s.

 

The Lord liveth; Dr. Raymond Barber of Fort Worth Texas is known for quoting this poem, which he also wrote:

 

“God is dead the theologians say,

But I know he’s not, I talked with Him today;

Dead, never to live again they claim,

But alive to save through His Son’s dear name.

Alive! Alive! Let it be said,

God will be living when the theologians are dead.”

 

Yes, the Lord liveth. Jesus Himself testified of this powerful truth in Revelation 1:18 as He strongly proclaimed, I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Yes, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and God the Father are alive and active today and every day!

 

And blessed be my rock. Jesus is the Rock of ages. He is the foundation and the building. He is the only hope for the lost, the security for the saved, and the head of His church. In Deuteronomy we are reminded and would do well to remember: …their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges. (Deuteronomy 32:31). Later, in Psalms 78:5 it is recorded: …they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer. These are two truths that should never be forgotten, but if so, remember them quickly.

 

And let the God of my salvation be exalted. It is interesting this thing of being exalted. On one hand we are to exalt the God of our salvation, on the other, He exalts us! Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: (James 1:9) And, Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: (I Peter 5:6). Amazing. We exalt Him and He will exalt us. What a tremendous God we have! He saves us and exalts us. What more could a person want?

 

Yes, indeed. Today’s verse could be the overriding theme verse of the book of Psalms. More so, it could and probably should be the overriding theme of a Christian’s life.

 

Dr. William T. Howe

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