There is a parrot in Brazil that changes its color from green to red or even yellow when it is fed certain fish. And there are some canaries whose yellow feathers will cast off a red hue if they are fed cayenne pepper when they are molting. What is true in the natural realm is also true in the spiritual realm. We become what our minds “feed” upon.
“The Lord’s promises are pure,” said David “....therefore we know that You will protect the oppressed.” David knew that God’s promises were absolute and that He would honor His word. But what does that mean? That he will simply “protect” the oppressed but leave them in that deplorable conditions? That certainly does not make any sense. Why would God only “protect” them and not help them to improve their lives?
The word “protect” means “to watch over you” and meet your needs. It carries with it the same significance as the promise God made to Jeremiah: “I am ready to perform My word.” Moreover, God preserves (or performs or extends) His words- or promises - “from this generation forever – or, throughout eternity.”
Because the Word of God stands forever, we know that its contents are true and reliable; it is God-glorifying in its message, Christ-honoring in its contents, and comes to life through the work and power of the Holy Spirit.
If we nourish our souls with God’s promises and feed our minds on the message it embodies, it will enable us to fulfill His purpose for our lives, and we will reflect the grace of God to others. So, if we nourish our minds and hearts with His Word, our hands will be engaged in service to others – especially those in need. Put His Words to work.
Prayer: Father, may Your Spirit speak to our minds and open our hearts so that we will engage our hands in serving others in need. May we start today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: The Lord’s promises are pure like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over. Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed, preserving them forever from this lying generation. Psalm 12:6-7
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