Today’s devotion comes from Sheena.
Read Psalm 12:6
The Blessing is a wonderful song, sang beautifully by the McCheyne family for us a few weeks ago as they used their gifts for our church family. The Blessing UK has also been widely circulated on social media and has been seen by 3.2 million people on youtube when I wrote this .
Why is it so powerful? I wonder if it is partly because it is text lifted straight from the Bible. Pure Bible verses which have now been heard by 3.2 million people for The Blessing UK alone!
‘The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.’
The Bible is an amazing book, filled with the wonderful news of Jesus, of the apostles teaching, of old testament struggles. We can search it for anything – any issue we have will have an answer in there. Which is why we should read it and memorise important text so they come to mind when we are in difficulty.
‘All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’ 2 Timothy 3:16-17
And the language it uses is poetic and powerful. Louise Macfarlane sent me this scripture ‘The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on heights.’ Habakuk 3:19. You can tell that the text comes from God rather than man. It’s such a simple yet powerful image.
Biblical text is powerful enough to spill into our everyday language – ‘go the extra mile,’ ‘nothing but skin and bones,’ ‘fly in the ointment,’ ‘the powers that be.’ It’s interesting that we’re all quoting scripture without realising it.
And the Bible is full of song – Psalms has 150 of them. Will Rutherford almost sang us Psalm 46 a couple of weeks ago! There are psalms of praise, joy, protection, facing temptation, thankfulness – anything you need. They are wonderfully written and sound so powerful when you read them aloud. If your own words fail you in prayer, reading a psalm out loud is a good starting point to get a conversation going with God.
Thank you so much for a book that teaches us everything we need to know and more. Thank you that all scripture is ‘God breathed’ and not man made. Thank you for its poetry and its power. Please help us to spread your scripture out to the masses, in song, in quotes and in the way we live our lives.