Thursday, September 17, 2015

DAY UNTO DAY

Today’s Reading: Psalms 19-20

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

A beautiful sunrise over the Sea of Galilee. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork (Psalm 19:1).

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Psalm 19:1-3

The heavens declare the glory of God;

And the firmament shows His handiwork.

Day unto day utters speech,

And night unto night reveals knowledge.

There is no speech nor language

Where their voice is not heard.

 

Francis Collins, physician, scientist, and leader of the successful project to map the human genome, wrote in his book Belief the following statement: “These arguments from the observed order of the universe are compelling [he has just stated scientific reasons as to why he is a believer in the Creator God], but they say little about whether such a “creator” God would be interested in human beings.” King David, inspired by the Creator God, acknowledges that the heavens and the earth, the universe itself, speak in every language to all people everywhere! Then David points all who hear or sing Psalm 19 to the fact that God is “interested in human beings.” God has communicated to us in the “law,” and in “testimony” (19:7). God has given us “statutes” and “the commandment” (19:8). These verses teach us that the Word of God not only communicates the thoughts of God, but they bring conversion, wisdom, rejoicing, and enlightenment!

These are the reasons for this blog! When we grasp the fact that God wants us to know Him (not just knowledge of His physical universe, but to know Him and His thoughts), we can begin to understand that God’s Words in His Book are, “more to be desired than gold,” “sweeter than honey,” and “in keeping them there is great reward” (19:10-11).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, Psalm 20 uses the word “may” seven times as a prayer. May King David’s written words be my prayer too, dear Lord, as I make them personal to me. I believe that You do “answer in the day of trouble;” You do “help…strengthen…remember…fulfill all your (my) purpose” (for my existence). Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

In the 1990s, Crossroads published 8 books, one for each season over a two-year period. The titles of all of these books were Day unto Day, taken from Psalm 19:2. They had the same purpose as this blog, i.e. getting the Word of God into the hearts and minds of people everywhere on a daily basis. Two of our team members at the time wrote the daily commentaries. Rev. Nizar Shaheen covered the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament), and Rev. Jim Cantelon covered the Greek Scriptures (the New Testament). Simultaneously with the publication of these books, Jim and Nizar gave daily teachings on each Bible reading on television. These TV segments were filmed on locations as close as possible to the Biblical sites where the events described in the Bible took place. As the host of100 Huntley Street, I arranged for these to be carried daily. We repeated them twice over a four-year period. We found in our video archives the Day Unto Day segment from 1991 for today’s reading, Psalms 19-20 (click here to watch…I just noticed a bit of a surprise at the end!).

Also I must thank God for Psalm 19 particularly, as it was verses 1 & 2 which God used in 1977 to confirm to me that Crossroads was to add a DAILY live voice to our weekly TV productions of Crossroads and Circle Square for children. That daily live voice was named after the address of the studio building in downtown Toronto, “100 Huntley Street.” Now, for over 38 years on daily TV, “day unto day” and “night unto night,” there has been a voice speaking words about God (we’re almost at program #10,000!). We’ve also done productions in 18 languages which have been seen on TV in over 50 countries, and now with Crossroads 360, our internet channels are available everywhere. We have graduates of our School of Broadcasting in over 80 countries, and in many of these areas our grads are producing television in a variety of languages which take “their words to the end of the world” (Psalm 19:4).

Yours for listening daily and nightly to our communicating God,

David

17 thoughts on “Thursday, September 17, 2015

  1. The video clip of Nizar and Jim is amazing!! And so is the ending with you, Norma-Jean, and Moira!! Wow–how everyone looked in their younger days!! 😀 The extent of where God has taken your ministry, David, as his faithful servant, is unbelievable!! Beautiful photo, today, too, Reynold. Blessings, dearest saints!

    Jesus Loves Me, Chris Tomlin
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CGkt67F2uI

  2. I still have those Day Unto Day books and read them faithfully reading through the bible in two years as I have your blog for the last three years , feeling blessed to be able to spend time in Gods word every day . Thank you David

  3. Yes, I was thinking the same thing Beverlee. 100 Huntley St. has gone to the ends of the earth. Praise You Lord and Congratulations David! I am still reading the “Day unto Day” books. I love that photo Reynold. So peaceful and serene! Blessings saints!

  4. I’m praying your prayer David. Amen! Loved the video and the surprise ending! Amen to Rev. Nazir Shaheen’s comment: “Personal revelation is the most important thing!” Praise God! Glorious day to all!!

    • About personal revelation… God is a living God who wants us to know Him, as Jesus said at the judgment to those who only went through the religious motions, “Depart from me, you workers of iniquity…I never knew you…”.
      Thinking also about the rock on which Jesus said He would build His church: could it not be the revelation that Jesus is the Christ, given to Peter by God (in yesterday’s discussion)? Remember Jesus asked who people said He was. Peter replied “You are the Christ…”, then Jesus said “Blessed are you Peter, for no man revealed this to you but God, … and on this rock I will build my church”.
      We so desperately need to know Him, trust Him, and obey Him.
      Thanks, David and all God’s precious saints, for your examples. God bless you all, and all God’s people throughout this troubled world. Please, God, help us all to be strong in You and in the purposes You have for us.

  5. Prayed Psalm 20 together with you Rev. David. I believe that Jesus answers my pray in time of trouble, He hears when I cry unto Him.

    Thank you for the “Day unto Day…” link with Jim and Nizar. What a beautiful setting depicting Psalm 19. “the law of the Lord converting my soul”

    The sunrise picture affirms Ps. 19:5 “He set a tabernacle for the sun which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices as a strong man to run a race.”

    Psalm 19 is one of my favorite.

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