|S C R I P T U R E M E M O R I Z A T I O N S|
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 3:20 Jesus is knocking on the door of our hearts every time we sense we should turn to him. Jesus wants to have a fellowship with us, and he wants us to open up to him. He is patient and persistent in trying to get through to us -- not breaking and entering, but knocking. He allows us to decide whether or not to open our lives to him. Do you intentionally keep his life-changing presence and power on the other side of the door?|
Previous weeks verses:
1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV)
9However, as it was written:
"No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him"
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 2:9 We cannot imagine all that God has in store for us, both in this life and for eternity. He will create a new heaven and a new earth (Isaiah 65:17; Revelation 21:1), and we will live with him forever. Until then, his Holy Spirit comforts and guides us. Knowing the wonderful and eternal future that awaits us gives us hope and courage to press on in this life, to endure hardship, and to avoid giving in to temptation. This world is not all there is. The best is yet to come.|
Luke 9:23 (NIV)
23Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me."
|Life Application Study Bible Note:
9:23 Christians follow their Lord by imitating his life
and obeying his commands. To take up the cross meant to carry your
own cross to the place where you would be killed. Many Galileans
had been killed that way by the Romans. Applied to the disciples,
it meant to identify completely with Christ's message, even if it meant
death. We must deny our selfish desires to use our time and money
our own way and to choose our own direction in life without regard to
Christ. Following Christ is costly now, but in the long run, it is
well worth the pain and effort.
9:23-26 People are willing to pay a high price for something they value. Is it any surprise that Jesus would demand this much commitment from his followers? There are at least three conditions that must be met by people who want to follow Jesus. We must be willing to deny self, to take up our crosses, and to follow him. Anything less is superficial lip service.
Psalm 150:6 (NIV)
6Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
|Life Application Study Bible Note:
150:6 How could the message be more clear? The
writer was telling the individual listeners to praise God. What a
fitting way to end this book of praise -- with a direct encouragement
for you to praise God too. Remember to praise him every day!
150:6 In a way, the book of Psalms parallels our spiritual journey through life. It begins by presenting us with two roads -- the way to life and the way to death. If we choose God's way to life, we still face both blessings and troubles, joy and grief, successes and obstacles. Throughout it all, God is at our side, guiding, encouraging, comforting, and caring. As the wise and faithful person's life draws to an end, he or she realizes clearly that God's road is the right road. Knowing this will cause us to praise God for leading us in the right direction and for assuring our place in the perfect world God has in store for those who have faithfully followed him.
John 6:29 (NIV)
29Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 6:28, 29 Many sincere seekers for God are puzzled about what he wants them to do. The religions of the world are mankind's attempts to answer this question. But Jesus' reply is brief and simple: we must believe on him whom God has sent. Satisfying God does not come from the work we do, but from whom we believe. The first step is accepting that Jesus is who he claims to be. All spiritual development is built on this affirmation. Declare to Jesus, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:16), and embark on a life of belief that is satisfying to your Creator.|
John 3:3 (NIV)
3In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 3:3 What did Nicodemus know about the kingdom? From the Bible he knew it would be ruled by God, it would be restored on earth, and it would incorporate God's people. Jesus revealed to this devout Pharisee that the kingdom would come to the whole world (3:16), not just the Jews, and that Nicodemus wouldn't be a part of it unless he was personally born again (3:5). This was a revolutionary concept: the kingdom is personal, not national or ethnic, and its entrance requirements are repentance and spiritual rebirth. Jesus later taught that God's kingdom has already begun in the hearts of believers (Luke 17:21). It will be fully realized when Jesus returns again to judge the world and abolish evil forever (Revelation 21:22).|
Psalm 34:18 (NIV)
18The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 34:18, 19 We often wish we could escape troubles - the pain of grief, loss, sorrow, and failure; or even the small daily frustrations that constantly wear us down. God promises to be "close to the brokenhearted," to be our source of power, courage, and wisdom, helping us through our problems. Sometimes he chooses to deliver us from those problems. When trouble strikes, don't get frustrated with God. Instead, admit that you need God's help and thank him for being by your side.|
John 6:39-40 (NIV)
39And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."
|Life Application Study Bible Note:
6:39 Jesus said he would not lose even one person whom the Father
had given him. Thus anyone who makes a sincere commitment to
believe in Jesus Christ as Savior is secure in God's promise of eternal
life. Christ will not let his people be overcome by Satan and lose
their salvation (see also 17:12; Philippians 1:6).
6:40 Those who put their faith in Christ will be resurrected from physical death to eternal life with God when Christ comes again (see 1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16).
Psalm 19:14 (NIV)
14May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 19:14 Would you change the way you live if you knew that every word and thought would be examined by God first? David asks that God approve his words and thoughts as though they were offerings brought to the altar. As you begin each day, determine that God's love will guide what you say and how you think.|
Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)
6Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 22:6 Many parents want to make all the choices for their child, but this hurts him or her in the long run. When parents teach a child how to make decisions, they don't have to watch every step he or she takes. They know their children will remain on the right path because they have made the choice themselves. Train your children to choose the right way.|
Philippians 2:5 (NIV)
5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 2:5 Jesus Christ was humble, willing to give up his rights in order to obey God and serve people. Like Christ, we should have a servant's attitude, serving out of love for God and for others, not out of guilt or fear. Remember, you can choose your attitude. You can approach life expecting to be served, or you can look for opportunities to serve others. See Mark 10:45 for more on Christ's attitude of servanthood.|
Matthew 12:34b (NIV)
34...For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 12:34-36 Jesus reminds us that what we say reveals what is in our hearts. What kinds of words come from your mouth? That is an indication of what your heart is really like. You can't solve your heart problem, however, just by cleaning up your speech. You must allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with new attitudes and motives, then your speech will be cleansed at its source.|
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (NIV)
6These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 6:7 The Hebrews were extremely successful at making religion an integral part of life. The reason for their success was that religious education was life-oriented, not information-oriented. They used the context of daily life to teach about God. The key to teaching your children to love God is stated simply and clearly in these verses. If you want your children to follow God, you must make God a part of your everyday experiences. You must teach your children diligently to see God in all aspects of life, not just those that are church related.|
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
6And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 11:6
Believing that God exists is only the beginning; even the demons believe
that much (James 2:19, 20). God will not settle for mere
acknowledgement of his existence. He wants a personal, dynamic
relationship with you that will transform your life. Those who
seek God will find that they are rewarded with his intimate presence.
11:6 Sometimes we wonder about the fate of those who haven't heard of Christ and have not even had a Bible to read. God assures us that all who honestly seek him -- who act in faith on the knowledge of God that they possess -- will be rewarded. When you tell others the gospel, encourage them to be honest and diligent in their search for truth. Those who hear the gospel are responsible for what they have heard (see Corinthians 6:1, 2).
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 3:16
The Bible is not a collection of stories, fables, myths or merely human
ideas about God. It is not a human book. Through the Holy
Spirit, God revealed his person and plan to certain believers, who wrote
down his message for his people (2 Peter 1:20, 21). This process
is known as inspiration. The writers wrote from their own
personal, historical, and cultural contexts. Although they used
their own minds, talents, language, and style, they wrote what God
wanted them to write. Scripture is completely trustworthy because
God was in control of its writing. Its words are entirely
authoritative for our faith and lives. The Bible is
"God-breathed." Read it, and use its teachings to guide
3:16, 17 The whole Bible is God's inspired Word. Because it is inspired and trustworthy, we should read it and apply it to our lives. The Bible is our standard for testing everything else that claims to be true. It is our safeguard against false teaching and our source of guidance for how we should live. It is our only source of knowledge about how we can be saved. God wants to show you what is true and equip you to live for him. How much time do you spend in God's Word? Read it regularly to discover God's truth and to become confident in your life and faith. Develop a plan for reading the whole Bible, not just the familiar passages.
3:17 In our zeal for the truth of Scripture, we must never forget its purpose -- to equip us to do good. We should not study God's Word simply to increase our knowledge or to prepare us to win arguments. We should study the Bible so that we will know how to do Christ's work in the world. Our knowledge of God's Word is not useful unless it strengthens our faith and leads us to do good..
20For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities -- his eternal power and divine nature -- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
|Life Application Study Bible Note:
1:18-20 Does anyone have an excuse for not believing in
God? The Bible answers an emphatic no. God has
revealed what he is like in and through his creation. Every
person, therefore, either accepts or rejects God. Don't be
fooled. When the day comes for God to judge your response to him,
no excuses will be accepted. Begin today to give your devotion and
worship to him.
1:18-20 In these verses, Paul answers a common objection: How could a loving God send anyone to hell, especially someone who has never heard about Christ? In fact, says Paul, God has revealed himself plainly in the creation to all people. And yet people reject even this basic knowledge of God. Also, everyone has an inner sense of what God requires, but they choose not to live up to it. Put another way, people's moral standards are always better than their behavior. If people suppress God's truth in order to live their own way, they have no excuse. They know the truth, and they will have to endure the consequences of ignoring it.
1:20 What kind of God does nature reveal? Nature shows us a God of might, intelligence, and intricate detail; a God of order and beauty; a God who controls powerful forces. That is general revelation. Through special revelation (the Bible and the coming of Jesus), we learn about God's love and forgiveness, and the promise of eternal life. God has graciously given us both sources that we might fully believe in him.
1:20 God reveals his divine nature and personal qualities through creation, even though creation's testimony has been distorted by the fall. Adam's sin resulted in a divine curse upon the whole natural order (Genesis 3:17-19); thorns and thistles were an immediate result, and natural disasters have been common from Adam's day to ours. In Romans 8:19-21, Paul says that nature itself is eagerly awaiting its own redemption from the effects of sin (see Revelation 22:3).
31But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 20:30,31 To understand the life and mission of Jesus more fully, all we need to do is study the Gospels. John tells us that his Gospel records only a few of the many events in Jesus' life on earth. But the gospel includes everything we need to know to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, through whom we receive eternal life.|
1 John 4:2-3
2This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 4:1,2
"Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits" means that
we shouldn't believe everything we hear just because someone says
it is a message inspired by God. There are many ways to test
teachers to see if their message is truly from the Lord. One is to
check to see if their words match what God says in the Bible.
Other tests include their commitment to the body of believers (2:19),
their life-style (3:23,24), and the fruit of their ministry (4:6).
But the most important test of all, says John, is what they believe
about Christ. do they teach that Jesus is fully God and fully man?
Our world is filled with voices claiming to speak for God. Give
them these tests to see if they are indeed speaking God's truth.
4:1-3 Some people believe everything they read or hear. Unfortunately, many ideas printed and taught are not true. Christians should have faith, but they should not be gullible. Verify every message you hear, even if the person who brings it says it's from God. If the message is truly from God, it will be consistent with Christ's teachings.
The Apostle's Creed - Traditional Version
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
|Although this isn't a "Bible verse" it's certainly something that should be memorized. This is the basic tenant of Christianity. All Christian denominations, no matter their other disagreements, still have to believe the Apostle's Creed.|
24 "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 5:24 "Eternal life" -- living forever with God -- begins when you accept Jesus Christ as Savior. At that moment, new life begins in you (2 Corinthians 5:17). It is a completed transaction. You still will face physical death, but when Christ returns again, your body will be resurrected to live forever (1 Corinthians 15).|
1 Corinthians 10:31
31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 10:31 God's love must so permeate our motives that all we do will be for his glory. Keep this as a guiding principle by asking, "Is this action glorifying God?" or "How can I honor God through this action?"|
28 He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 11:28 Jesus was speaking to people who put extremely high value on family ties. Their genealogies were important guarantees that they were part of God's chosen people. A man's value came from his ancestors, and a woman's value came from the sons she bore. Jesus' response to the woman meant that a person's obedience to God is more important than his or her place on the family tree. The patient work of consistent obedience is even more important than the honor of bearing a respected son.|
1 John 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 1:9
Confession is supposed to free us to enjoy fellowship with Christ.
It should ease our consciences and lighten our cares. But some
Christians do not understand how it works. They feel so guilty
that they confess the same sins over and over; then they wonder if they
might have forgotten something. Other Christians believe that God
forgives them when they confess, but if they died with unconfessed sins,
they would be forever lost. These Christians do not understand
that God wants to forgive us. He allowed his beloved Son to
die just so he could offer us pardon. When we come to Christ, he
forgives all the sins we have committed or will ever commit. We
don't need to confess the sins of the past all over again, and we don't
need to fear that God will reject us if we don't keep our slate
perfectly clean. Of course we should continue to confess our sins,
but not because failure to do so will make us lose our salvation.
Our relationship with Christ is secure. Instead, we should confess
so that we can enjoy maximum fellowship and joy with him.
1:9 If God has forgiven us for our sins because of Christ's death, why must we confess our sins? in admitting our sins and receiving Christ's cleansing, we are: (1) agreeing with God that our sin truly is sin and that we are willing to turn from it, (2) ensuring that we don't conceal our sins from him and consequently from ourselves, and (3) recognizing our tendency to sin and relying on his power to overcome it.
25 I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.
26 And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet in my flesh I will see God;
|Life Application Study Bible Note:
19:25-27 At the heart of the book of Job comes his ringing
affirmation of confidence: "I know that my Redeemer
lives." In ancient Israel a redeemer was a family
member who bought a slave's way to freedom or who took care of a widow
(see the note on Ruth 3:1). What tremendous faith Job had,
especially in light of the fact that he was unaware of the conference
between God and Satan. Job thought that God had brought all these
disasters upon him! Faced with death and decay, Job still expected
to see God -- and he expected to do so in his body. When the book
of Job was written, Israel did not have a well-developed doctrine of the
resurrection. Although Job struggled with the idea that God was
presently against him, he firmly believed that in the end God would be
on his side. This belief was so strong that Job became one of the
first to talk about the resurrection of the body (see also Psalm 15:10;
Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 12:2, 13).
19:26 Job said: "in my flesh I will see God." In Job's situation, it seemed unlikely to him that he would, in his flesh, see God. And that's just the point of Job's faith! he was confident that God's justice would triumph, even if it would take a miracle like resurrection to accomplish this.
1 Corinthians 10:13
13No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 10:13 In a culture filled with moral depravity and sin-inducing pressures, Paul gave strong encouragement to the Corinthians about temptation. He said: (1) wrong desires and temptations happen to everyone, so don't feel you've been singled out; (2) others have resisted temptation, and so can you; (3) any temptation can be resisted because God will help you resist it. God helps you resist temptation by helping you (1) recognize those people and situations that give you trouble, (2) run from anything you know is wrong, (3) choose to do only what is right, (4) pray for God's help, and (5) seek friends who love God and can offer help when you are tempted. Running from a tempting situation is your first step on the way to victory (see 2 Timothy 2:22).|
10"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much."
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 16:10-11 Our integrity often meets its match in money matters. God calls us to be honest even in small details we could easily rationalize away. heaven's riches are far more valuable than earthly wealth. But if we are not trustworthy with our money here (no matter how much or little we have), we will be unfit to handle the vast riches of God's kingdom. Don't let your inte3grity slip in small matters, and it will not fail you in crucial decisions either.|
20... I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 17:20 Jesus wasn't condemning the disciples for substandard faith; he was trying to show how important faith would be in their future ministry. If you are facing a problem that seems as big and immovable as a mountain, turn your eyes from the mountain and look to Christ for more faith. Only then will your work for him become useful and vibrant.|
13When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.
|Life Application Study Bible Note:
2:13-14 Before we believed in Christ, our nature was
evil. We disobeyed, rebelled, and ignored God (even at our best,
we did not love him with all our heart, soul, and mind). The Christian,
however, has a new nature. God has crucified the old rebellious
nature (Romans 6:6) and replaced it with a new loving nature (3:9,
10). The penalty of sin died with Christ on the cross. God
has declared us not guilty, and we need no longer live under sin's
power. God does not take us out of the world or make us robots -
we will still feel like sinning, and sometimes we will sin. The
difference is that before we were saved, we were slaves to our sinful
nature; but now we are free to live for Christ (see Galatians 2:20).
2:14 The written code that was canceled was the legal demands of the Old Testament law. The law opposed us by its demands for payment for our sin. Though no one can be saved by merely keeping that code, the moral truths and principles in the Old Testament still teach and guide today.
2:14 We can enjoy our new life in Christ because we have joined him in his death and resurrection. our evil desires, our bondage to sin, and our love of sin died with him. Now, joining him in his resurrection life, we may have unbroken fellowship with God and freedom from sin. our debt for sin has been paid in full; our sins are swept away and forgotten by God; and we can be clean and new. For more on the difference between our new life in Christ and our old sinful nature, read Ephesians 4:23, 24 and Colossians 3:3-15.
8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - 9not by works, so that no one can boast.
|Life Application Study Bible Note:
2:8-9 When someone gives you a gift, do you say, "That's
very nice -- now how much do I owe you?" No, the appropriate
response to a gift is, "Thank you." Yet how often
Christians, even after they have been given the gift of salvation, feel
obligated to try to work their way to God. Because our salvation
and even our faith are gifts, we should respond with gratitude, praise,
2:8 - 10 We become Christians through God's unmerited grace, not as the result of any effort, ability, intelligent choice, or act of service on our part. However, out of gratitude for this free gift, we will seek to help and serve others with kindness, love, and gentleness, and not merely to please ourselves. While no action or work we do can help us obtain salvation, God's intention is that our salvation will result in acts of service. We are not saved merely for our own benefit but to serve Christ and build up the church (4:12).
3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 2:3 Selfish ambition can ruin a church, but genuine humility can build it. Being humble involves having a true perspective about ourselves (see Romans 12:3). It does not mean that we should put ourselves down. Before God, we are sinners, saved only by God's grace, but we are saved and therefore have great worth in God's kingdom. We are to lay aside selfishness and treat others with respect and common courtesy. Considering others' interests as more important than our own links us with Christ, who was a true example of humility.|
1Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 11:1|
27My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. 30I and the Father are one.”
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 10:27-30|
23For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 3:23|
6Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 14:6|
2These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew, James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector, James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 10:2-4 The disciples are not always listed by the same names. For example, Peter is sometimes called Simon or Cephas. Matthew is also known as Levi. Bartholomew is thought to be the same person as Nathanael (John 1:45). Judas the son of James is also called Thaddaeus.|
5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 3:5-6|
29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 4:29|
Matthew 28:19-20 (The Great Commission)
19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commended you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 28:19-20|
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self control.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 5:22-23|
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation-
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life-
of whom shall I be afraid?
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 27:1|
7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 7:7|
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 103:8|
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
|Life Application Study Bible Note:
23:1 In describing the Lord as a shepherd, David wrote out of
his own experience because he had spent his early years caring for sheep
(1 Samuel 16:10, 11). Sheep are completely dependent on the
shepherd for provision, guidance, and protection. The New
Testament calls Jesus the good shepherd (John 10:11); the great Shepherd
(Hebrews 13:20); and the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4). As the Lord
is the good shepherd, so we are his sheep -- not frightened, passive
animals, but obedient followers, wise enough to follow one who will lead
us in the right places and in right ways. This psalm does not focus on
the animal-like qualities of sheep, but on the discipleship qualities of
those who follow. When you recognize the good shepherd, follow
23:2, 3 When we allow God our shepherd to guide us, we have contentment. When we choose to sin, however, we go our own way and cannot blame God for the environment we create for ourselves. Our shepherd knows the "green pastures" and "quiet waters" that will restore us. We will reach theses places only by following him obediently. Rebelling against the shepherd's leading is actually rebelling against our own best interests. We must remember this the next time we are tempted to go our own way rther than the shepherd's way.
23:4 Death casts a frightening shadow over us because we are entirely helpless in its presence. We can struggle with other enemies -- pain, suffering, disease, injury -- but strength and courage cannot overcome death. It has the final word. Only one person can walk with us through death's dark valley and bring us safely to the other side -- the God of life, our shepherd. Because life is uncertain, we should follow this shepherd who offers us eternal comfort.
23:5, 6 In ancient Near Eastern culture, at a banquet it was customary to anoint a person with fragrant oil as a lotion. Hosts were also expected to protect their guests at all costs. God offers the protection of a host even when enemies surround us. In the final scene of this psalm, we see that believers will dwell with God. God, the perfect shepherd and host, promises to guide and protect us through life to bring us into his house forever.
14May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 19:14|
1 Peter 5:7
7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 5:7|
Matthew 22:37 - 39
37Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' "
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 22:37-39|
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 10:11|
Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 8:12|
Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 10:14|
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 3:16|
The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not be in want.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 23:1 In describing the Lord as a shepherd, David wrote out of his own experience because he had spent his early years caring for sheep (1 Samuel 16:10, 11). Sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd for provision, guidance, and protection. The New Testament calls Jesus the good shepherd (John 10:11); the great Shepherd (Hebrews 13:20); and the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4). As the Lord is the good shepherd, so we are his sheep -- not frightened, passive animals, but obedient followers, wise enough to follow one who will lead us in the right places and in right ways. This psalm does not focus on the animal-like qualities of sheep, but on the discipleship qualities of those who follow. When you recognize the good shepherd, follow him!|
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
|Life Application Study Bible Note:
4:4 It seems strange that a man in prison would be telling a
church to rejoice. But Paul's attitude teaches us an important
lesson: our inner attitudes do not have to reflect our outward
circumstances. Paul was full of joy because he knew that no matter
what happened to him, Jesus Christ was with him. Several times in
this letter, Paul urged the Philippians to be joyful, probably because
they needed to hear this. It's easy to get discouraged about
unpleasant circumstances or to take unimportant events too
seriously. If you haven't been joyful lately, you may not be
looking at life from the right perspective.
4:4, 5 Ultimate joy comes from Christ dwelling within us. Christ is near, and at his second coming we will fully realize this ultimate joy. He who lives within us will fulfill his final purposes for us.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 4:13 Can we really do everything? The power we receive in union with Christ is sufficient to do his will and to face the challenges that arise from our commitment to doing it. He does not grant us super-human ability to accomplish anything we can imagine without regard to his interests. As we contend for the faith we will face troubles, pressures, and trials. As they come, ask Christ to strengthen you.|
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
This is the Golden Rule!
Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."
|Life Application Study Bible Note:
22:35-40 The Pharisees, who had classified over 600 laws,
often tried to distinguish the more important from the less
important. So one of them, an "expert in the law," asked
Jesus to identify the most important law. Jesus quoted from
Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18. By fulfilling these two
commands, a person keeps all the others. They summarize the Ten
Commandments and the other Old testament moral laws.
22:37-40 Jesus says that if we truly love God and our neighbor, we will naturally keep the commandments. This is looking at God's law positively. Rather than worrying about all we should not do, we should concentrate on all we can do to show our love for God and others.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 136:1ff God's love includes aspects of love, kindness, mercy, and faithfulness. We never have to worry that God will run out of love because it flows from a well that will never run dry.|
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 119:105 To walk safely in the woods at night we need a light so we don't trip over tree roots or fall into holes. In this life, we walk through a dark forest of evil. But the Bible can be our light to show us the way ahead so we won't stumble as we walk. It reveals the entangling roots of false values and philosophies. Study the Bible so you will be able to see your way clear enough to stay on the right path.|
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
|Life Application Study Bible Note: 118:24 There are days when the last thing we want to do is rejoice. Our mood is down, our situation is out of hand, and our sorrow or guilt is overwhelming. We can relate to the writers of the psalms who often felt this way. But no matter how low the psalmists felt, they were always honest with God. And as they talked to God, their prayers ended in praise. When you don't feel like rejoicing, tell God how you truly feel. You will find that God will give you a reason to rejoice. God has given you this day to live and to serve him -- be glad!|
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
|Life Application Study Bible Note:
1:1 The simple statement that God created the heavens and the
earth is one of the most challenging concepts confronting the modern
mind. The vast galaxy we live in is spinning at the incredible
speed of 490,000 miles an hour. But even at this breakneck speed,
our galaxy still needs 200 million years to make one rotation and there
are over one billion other galaxies just like ours in the universe.
Some scientists say that the number of stars in creation is equal to all the grains of all the sands on all the beaches of the world. Yet this complex sea of spinning stars functions with remarkable order and efficiency. To say that the universe "just happened" or "evolved" requires more faith than to believe that God is behind these amazing statistics. God truly did create a wonderful universe.
God did not need to create the universe; he chose to create it. Why? God is love, and love is best expressed toward something or someone else -- so God created the world and people as an expression of love. We should avoid reducing God's creation to merely scientific terms. Remember that God created the universe because he loves each of us.
1:1ff The creation story teaches us much about God and ourselves. First, we learn about God: (1) he is creative; (2) as the Creator he is distinct from his creation; (3) he is eternal and in control of the world. We also learn about ourselves: (1) since God chose to create us, we are valuable in his eyes; (2) we are more important than the animals. (See 1:28 for more on our role in the created order.)
1:1ff Just how did God create the earth? This is still a subject of great debate. some say that there was a sudden explosion, and the universe appeared. Others say God started the process, and the universe evolved over billions of years. Almost every ancient religion has its own story to explain how the earth came to be. And almost every scientist has an opinion on the origin of the universe. But only the Bible shows one supreme God creating the earth out of his great love and giving all people a special place in it. We will never know all the answers to how God created the earth, but the Bible tells us that God did create it. That fact alone gives worth and dignity to all people.