Archive for December, 2012

Forget-Me-Nots

December 29, 2012

Myosotis (“mouse’s ear”, after the leaf)  is a genus of flowering plants in the family Boraginaceae that are commonly called Forget-me-nots. Legend has it that when God was naming flowers that the plant called out to God saying “Forget-me-not, O Lord!” God replied, “That shall be your name.”  In the Canadian province of Newfoundland, the people began using the Forget-me-not as a symbol of remembrance of that nation’s war dead. This practice is still in limited use today. Forget-me-nots have been referenced by writers Henry David Thoreau, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Keith Douglas, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter. In 1982, Patrice Rushen released the song Forget Me Nots off of her Straight From the Heart Album. Lastly, in the 2009 film Forget Me Not,  Tyler Oliver and Jamieson Stern used Forget-me-nots as a flower for the dead; one that people put on the graves of their loved ones.

Regardless of the reference, the term and the flower Forget-me-nots has been used to remind people to reflect over something worthwhile that has been given. Typically in modern culture, it has been some sacrifice that one is calling another to remember, value and appreciate. Like most things in the physical realm, there is a preceding spiritual parallel. In the case of Forget-me-nots, the Psalmist, David, wrote in Psalm 103:2 “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—”. Following that statement in Psalm 103:2, David goes on to tell us explicitly of major benefits of the LORD God which we should not forget. Furthermore, we are told in these other verses not to forget the Lord.

Deuteronomy 4:9

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

23 Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the Lord your God has forbidden.

Deuteronomy 6:12

12 be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

2 Kings 17:38

38 Do not forget the covenant I have made with you, and do not worship other gods.

Psalm 77:11

11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.

Psalm 78:7

Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.

In the post Your Alabaster Box, you were encouraged to offer your best to God and to examine the evidence of your love and your commitment to Christ for His intervention in your life? With Forget-me-nots, God is clearly calling out Forget-me-nots to mankind. God wants us to remember Him and forget not His benefits. As we begin to end our calendar year, it would be a blessing if you took some quiet time to reflect over all the things God has done for you this year if you could know them all and recall them all to mind. Despite our limitations, it would be most honoring and worshipful for us to remember what we can and praise the Lord for His benefits while putting our faith and trust in Him because of who He is. Remember God’s Forget-me-nots!

Your Alabaster Box

December 23, 2012

Alabaster Box is the 1999 album by award-winning gospel artist CeCe Winans. On that album, there is also song on the album so titled. Yesterday, I was reminded of this song while attending the funeral of my wife’s step-mother. There were a couple of verses that struck me. I knew then that I would write about the alabaster jar from which CeCe’s song revolves.  The scriptural foundation is found in Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3–9, and John 12:1–8

In Matthew 26, notice that Jesus is in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper. Jesus showed His approval of one whom society shunned and excluded. Despite Jesus’ cleansing of Simon, he still is referred to as the Leper. Maybe as an identification matter, but he nevertheless retained some type of recognition with that which plagued him. Along with him is the whom many believe is Mary. Regardless of the negative connotations of their character, Jesus demonstrated His approval of them by being with them.

Moreover, He evidenced His approval of this woman who anointed His head with an expensive perfume/oil as He was days before the Passover. She gave that which was most expensive to show her appreciation of what Jesus had done for her. For Jesus’ intervention in her life, she gave an expensive perfume to anoint Him. In doing so, she affirmed and proclaimed her faith in Jesus as not only her King, but the King who was prophesied to reign for the Jews. There is much more to say about this matter. The most important thing for you to get is how are you demonstrating your faith in Christ. How are you using Your Alabaster Box to evidence your love and commitment to Christ for His intervention in your life? That is if you have had a true, life-changing intervention by Jesus the Christ.

Matthew 26

While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.

When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”

10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you,but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

Listen to a few words CeCe’s song.

And I’ve come to pour
My praise on Him
Like oil from Mary’s alabaster box
Don’t be angry if I wash his feet with my tears
And I dry them with my hair
You weren’t there the night He found me
You did not feel what I felt
When he wrapped his love all around me and
You don’t know the cost of the oil
In my alabaster box

I can’t forget the way life used to be
I was a prisoner to the sin that had me bound
And I spent my days
Poured my life without measure
Into a little treasure box
I’d thought I’d found
Until the day when Jesus came to me
And healed my soul
With the wonder of His touch
So now I’m giving back to Him
All the praise He’s worthy of
I’ve been forgiven
And that’s why
I love Him so much

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He Who Bears Fruit Glorifies God

December 22, 2012

Romans 1 gives us a survey of why God’s wrath has been appointed to man. In doing so, it also gives us the reason why God would be encouraged by man

“18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For 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. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.”

It appears from those verses that God is really irked by man suppressing the truth and refusing to glorify Him as God. I will go a step further and say that is exactly what pits God against man. Over and over in scripture, we see God at odds against man for failing to live by the truth and thus failing to glorify Him as God.

John 15:8 says, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.What does bearing fruit have to do with glorifying God? Everything!!! It is clear from that verse and many others that God wants us to reveal the world to Him. How do we do that? We reveal the world to God by evidencing the character or by bearing the fruit of God to the world. This brings us to another question. How does one bear fruit or reveal the character of God? It is clear from scripture that one who desires to bear fruit must know God, must be possessed by God. John 15:4-6 says, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” Furthermore, Jesus says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed youto go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”

If you want to bear fruit, you must give your life to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord who will then give you His Spirit to dwell in you to create the character of God i.e. fruit. Jesus further explains how we can bear fruit in John 16 where he says, “13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.” Paul affirms this in Galatians 5 where he says, “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

None of us will glorify God without bearing fruit. We are born to glorify God, so we must bear fruit to do so. Jesus said that the Spirit causes us to bear fruit. In John 3, Jesus also said, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

Who Takes A Day Off

December 21, 2012

To answer the question above, I am going to start with me. Let me say that yesterday was my first day off from school. I am sorry that I did not write, but every fiber of my mind and body was yearning to sleep in the rain. I had hoped for that kind of day. In God’s humorous way, it just so happened that it was dreary, rainy and cold. It was the perfect day to rest, and I must say that I took full advantage of the weather conditions. I rested and I slept.

In contrast to my yearning for a day off to sleep, the Word of God says that God neither slumbers or sleeps (Psalm 121:4). This is another example of God’s faithfulness.  Man sleeps and rests because he does not have unlimited strength and power as God does. In Psalm 121, there are many attributes assigned to the Almighty God. Let’s examine a few of them.

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber; 
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel 
   will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

While I wanted to rest and sleep, God never does. He is always there to watch over those who have committed themselves to Him. What a contrast yet a great confidence builder. There are so many benefits listed in this passage that we could spend a week or so posting about it; however, I want to focus on that we are assured that God watches over us.  God watches over mankind, but He pays particular attention to those who are His.  As I stated in the first sentence, I wanted to sleep.  While I was sleeping, life continued.  I could not attend to any needs while unconscious. In contrast, God never slumbers nor sleeps. He answers the question Who Takes A Day Off in the negative. God does not get drowsy nor does He ever lose touch with any moment of our lives.

Think about that.  God never gets drowsy or sleeps.  We can count on Him to watch over us whether we are asleep or not. As you are already on your way or just starting your day, it is comforting to know that God watched over you last night and will do so today.  Think about this.  There are 24 hours in a day.  That is 1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds.  Now, times that times the number of years you have been on this earth.  That doesn’t begin to reveal how faithful God is, but it is a start for us to reflect upon how He keeps us. Who Takes A Day Off? God does not. He has always and will always keep us.  Be blessed as you reflect over God not taking a day off to care for us. Hallelujah.

The Ordinances of the Lord are Sure

December 18, 2012

Today, we look at the sixth of the Epithets of God’s Word outlined in Psalm 19. The Word of God reveal or reflects attributes about/of God. Let’s get at it.

The ordinances of the Lord are sure
and altogether righteous.

What are ordinances? An ordinance is an authoritative rule or law; a decree or command. It is also defined as something believed to have been ordained, as by a deity. Another word used in this verse for ordinance is judgment. The NASB has the verse as so “The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.” Sure means faithful and true. We see that sure is translated as true.

Now that those synonyms have been expressed, let’s look at ordinances/judgments and sure/true. Whether ordinances or judgments, it is reflective of God’s Word. Here once again, David is describing the Word of God when ordinances or judgments is used. If something is true, it is commonly said that we can take that to the bank. While that is good in our common, everyday language, it is woefully inept in describing our Almighty God and His Word. Matthew Henry expressed that the Words of God, framed in infinite wisdom, are true; they are grounded upon the most sacred and unquestionable truths.

Since God’s Word is sure or true, the Words of God can be trusted. We can put our faith in true words without fear of being let down or disappointed. Once more, this is reflective of God’s character. Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” Numbers testifies to God’s truthfulness and faithfulness. Just as God is true and faithful so is His Word.

Moreover, God’s Word is also “altogether righteous”. Altogether is also described as wholly, utterly, totally, absolutely. This connotes every part of His Word is righteous which is to be just and to be right. God is the standard of right and wrong. Romans 1 speaks to man having right and wrong inscribed on his heart and mind – his conscience if you will. Listen to Romans 1 -“18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For 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.”

Why is the wrath of God being revealed? Men have suppressed the truth of God. Christ came to provide us an escape from the separation we experience with God as well as an escape from His wrath. When we fail to learn, believe, and follow God’s Word, we suppress the truth.  God does not play about His character. All are engaged by Him for devaluing or demeaning His character. God testifies about Himself. When we fail to believe Him, despite that He has made general truth about His existence known to man, we are without excuse when God allows His wrath to be revealed in our lives or in this world.

The Ordinances of the Lord are Sure, so we need to learn, believe and follow the righteous Word of God.

The Fear of the Lord is Pure

December 17, 2012

In the post The Law of the Lord Epithets, I shared with you that Psalm 19 presents six names for the Word of God. They are perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, pure, and sure. In verse 9, the Word of God is given this attribute.

The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever.

I will not tarry this point. I will keep it simple as I listen to Psalm 19:9 depiction of the Word of God. God’s Word will create pure fear of the Lord. The “fear” here is reverence for God; hence, the Word of God creates reverence for God, who He is and what He can do. When we have a proper respect for someone or something, we must have a proper view of that entity. In essence, the Word of God gives man the proper view of God. When we see God properly, our reverence for Him is pure. When have a proper view of God, we can live a pure life. This is verified by Psalm 119:9 which raises a question about the purity of life for man. Psalms asks a question then answers it.

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.

If you want to live a pure life, you must commit to the Word of God. After all, the psalmist stated “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

What will you do today with God’s Word? Will you read it, study it, hear it, memorize it, or meditate on it? If you do, you will keep your way pure. If you can’t decide, start with Psalm 119:11 which helps build your fear and purity. In it David says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” The Fear of the Lord is Pure as God’s Word is pure.

The Commands of the Lord are Radiant

December 14, 2012

We continue examining Psalm 19 to ascertain more information about the Word of God. As a reminder, the Word of God reveals and reflects God’s character. The essence of one’s character is what attracts and keeps another’s attention, focus and devotion. In this world where there are competing forces for your affection and devotion, we really need to be prudent and mindful to whom we give our affection and devotion. As our creator, God deserves our devotion. Psalm 19 simply provides us reasons. Let’s peer into the Word to see God and His benefit.

In the post The Precepts of the Lord are Right, we examined verse 8a. Today, we are looking at verse 8b.

The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.

The line, The commands of the Lord are radiant (NIV1984), is translated in almost all other versions as The commandment of the Lord is pure

Let’s face it. We all are very prideful people. Okay, I will not speak for you, but I will acknowledge that I have to beat back my pride as if I were a pioneer pounding away at the untouched vegetation. It’s all around me and overgrown. Let’s face it. We are not full of knowledge. We are frequently puzzled or bewildered over what direction or step to take in our lives. We need direction; yet, we fail to rely on God despite knowing that The Commands of the Lord are Radiant.

Remember, a command is a directive to a specific course of action. For those who call Christ Lord and Savior, we have declared that God has the right, authority and prerogative to dictate what we think, say and do. Beyond His divine right, let’s look at the practicality of following God’s Word. What is it that the Word says about the Word? Psalm 12:6 states:

The words of the Lord are pure words;
As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times. (NASB)

And the words of the Lord are flawless,
like silver refined in a furnace of clay,
purified seven times. (NIV1984)

God’s commands are radiant or pure. Once more, we listen to Matthew Henry who wrote the commandment of the Lord is pure; it is clear, without darkness; it is clean, without dross and defilement. It is itself purified from all alloy, and is purifying to those that receive and embrace it. It is the ordinary means which the Spirit uses in enlightening the eyes; it brings us to a sight and sense of our sin and misery, and directs us in the way of duty.

Not only does the Word enlighten us to our sin and a need for The Savior, Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” The Commands of the Lord are Radiant as the Word of God shows us God and His attributes. God is our light, and He provides a path for us that leads us to where He, as God, has determined for us.

The Precepts of the Lord are Right

December 12, 2012

In the post The Law of the Lord Epithets and those related to it, I have consistently stated that the Word of God reveals or reflects attributes about/of God. The Word of God or God’s law is His special revelation where God reveals His character to man. Also Psalm 19, we see that there are different names are used for the Word of God which are used interchangeably. The intent, once again, is to direct man to the entirety of God’s special revelation of Himself to humanity. Today, we look at the next attributed outlined in Psalm 19.

The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.

What does the word precepts mean in verse 8? Dictionary.com defines precept as a commandment or direction given as a rule of action or conduct. In the Hebrew, the word for precept is piqquwd which is translated primarily as precept. Despite that, the KJV translates piqquwd as statutes which is also termed as law. A statute is an enactment made by a legislature and expressed in a formal document. The government in this case is God The Father, God The Son and God The Holy Spirit. The formal document is the Word of God.

For those who have surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He is the head of the government. Isaiah affirms this when he prophetically proclaimed …”and the government will be on his shoulders.” Right?

Now that we have established that precepts are the Word of God, statutes, laws, commandments given as a rule of action or conduct, let’s examine what the Word of God says about His precepts. “The precepts of the Lord are right” The Hebrew word for right is yashar which means straight, upright, correct, right. Since we know that God all of creation was created by God, it is God’s right to deem what is right. When we want to argue with God’s judgement about what is right, we are saying that God is no longer perfect and trustworthy. Remember, God’s Word is reflective of His character. Subsequently, we can’t arbitrarily or conveniently decide what is right in God’s Word because it fits our reality better. Well, we can, but when it comes to the final judgment “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:10Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted,(A) and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” Romans 13:2  If God expects us to be subject to the governing authorities in this world, how much more would He expect us to be subject to Himself and what He has deemed as right?

Moreover, the benefit from the right precept is that they give to the heart. God’s Word brings joy to our heart because we see what is truly right. In this world, there are many worries. God’s Word helps us to be able to see Him, His power and His sovereignty in spite of the disheartening occurrences in this world. God enables us to live above our circumstances. The heart (leb) is inner man, mind, will, heart, understanding. God’s Word rightly informs our mind, will and heart which brings joy. We don’t see life through a rose-colored glass; we see The Precepts of the Lord are Rightwhich gives us joy.

Hallowed commentator Matthew Henry expressed his thoughts about verse 8 as “The statutes of the Lord (enacted by his authority, and binding on all wherever they come) are right, exactly agreeing with the eternal rules and principles of good and evil, that is, with the right reason of man and the right counsels of God. All God’s precepts, concerning all things, are right (Ps. 119:128), just as they should be; and they will set us to rights if we receive them and submit to them; and, because they are right, they rejoice the heart. The law, as we see it in the hands of Christ, gives cause for joy; and, when it is written in our hearts, it lays a foundation for everlasting joy, by restoring us to our right mind.”

Are you lacking joy in your life? I am sure it’s because you, as well as I, do not believe The Precepts of the Lord are Right. Align your mind with the Word of God; then, you will have joy.

The Statutes of the Lord are Trustworthy

December 11, 2012

As stated in the post The Law of the Lord Epithets, the Word of God reveal or reflects attributes about/of God. Today, we look at the next attributed outlined in Psalm 19.

The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.

First, we must recollect the purpose of God’s Word – to reveal Him to us and to guide our lives. Consequently, the written Word was provided to govern every aspect of the lives of the people of God (Deuteronomy). Most of Deuteronomy implores the people of God to obey all the laws, testimonies, statutes, commandments, and words of God’s written Word. In the previous sentence, we see a list of synonyms for God’s Word.

In Psalm 19, Statutes are a permanent rule – a law or a precept which is a commandment or direction given as a rule. Simply, statutes are the Word of God which are trustworthy. Trustworthy is defined as deserving of trust or confidence; dependable; reliable: Why is the Word of God deserving of trust or confidence? Remember, the Word is reflective of God; therefore, the Word of God is trustworthy because God Himself is trustworthy.

Knowing that God can be completely trusted, or is completely dependable or reliable gives confidence to the one who believes this attribute about God and His Word. We can place our confidence, trust and faith in the Word of God. We can take God as His Word and move forward in a world that is unstable and constantly changing. In contrast, Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” He does not change. He is dependable. He can be trusted. Trusted for what? Salvation. 2 Timothy 3:14-15 says, “14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” This is the primary wisdom that the Word of God gives to man.

For those who have trusted in Christ as Savior and Lord, the Word of God also serves to continue guiding us in our daily affairs as we seek to reflect the character and glory of God. After all 1 Peter 2:12 tells us to ‘12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”

1 Timothy 1:15 states, “15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” If you have never surrendered your life to Christ, you can today. He will become your Lord and Savior allowing you to enter into a covenant relationship with God where the Word of God will be your light. Regardless of where you stand, here is one truth: The Statutes of the Lord are Trustworthy

The Law of the Lord Epithets

December 10, 2012

Okay, I am back to writing about the Word of God. As I sat in church yesterday, it was Pastor Benson’s message that God said to me “it’s time to get back to the Word.” I am following His direction. Over the next two days or so, we will be in Psalm 19. I have written that God is always speaking to us. God is speaking to us every day, every night, through the world, the universe that He has created. David begins this Psalm on how God uses nature or creation to speak to man. He then transitions to how God speaks to us through His Word in Psalm 19. This was the text that I taught my kids for Sunday School yesterday. The messages were reverberating. They were The Law of the Lord Epithets. The Word of God reveal or reflects attributes about/of God. Let’s get at it.

Psalm 19

The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever.
The ordinances of the Lord are sure
and altogether righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb.
11 By them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

There is not much commentary left for me to say. Those verses said it all. God’s Word is perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, pure, and sure. What a list of attributes to say about God’s Word. The Word lists The Law of the Lord Epithets and its effect on man. How often do we reflect over the effects of God’s Word? Likewise, do we reflect over that we can trust what God says in His Word? We know little about being trustworthy other than that we long to have someone demonstrate that in our lives. I could go on with each of the attributes that are bold above, but I will list the benefits described here, but we will take a few days to examine these verses.

God is perfect; there, God’s Word is perfect. The effect of God’s perfect Word is that it revives the soul. According to dictionary.com, revive is defined as to restore to life or consciousness. Revive is translated at converting in the King James. Regardless, the Hebrew word used for either is shuwb (shüv ) which is defined as to turn back, return or to bring back, to restore. If you want to be restored God’s Word is the place for you. Matthew Henry describes it like this “It is perfectly free from all corruption, perfectly filled with all good, and perfectly fitted for the end for which it is designed; and it will make the man of God perfect, 2 Tim. 3:17. Nothing is to be added to it nor taken from it. It is of use to convert the soul, to bring us back to ourselves, to our God, to our duty; for it shows us our sinfulness and misery in our departures from God and the indispensable necessity of our return to him.”

When someone has been knocked unconscious, we seek to revive him/her. If one does not know Jesus, it will be the Word of God that revives, restores, resuscitates him/her. The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.