June 24, 2020 Psalm 116 - Pastor Scott Thornton

Updated: Jul 7, 2020

GWFW & GWLW - what does that mean? It means God’s Word First Word & God’s Word Last Word! It is the habit of reading and hearing God’s Word BEFORE you read or listen to ANYTHING else. That means before you reach for your phone to read social media or to watch a video or to catch the news - you get into God’s Word. Before you reach for the remote to turn on the T.V. you reach for your Bible. A great way to get into the habit is by placing an open Bible on your nightstand. An opened Bible has a better chance of being read than a closed Bible.

I happen to use the Bible App on my phone. Before I look at anything else, I read a portion of God’s Word. Have I ever missed doing this? Yes! I don’t beat myself up, I just get right back at it that evening or the next morning.

Presently, I am reading the same Psalm in the morning and again in the evening. Did you know you can read through the entire Psalms in a month by reading just 5 chapters a day? The way to do that is to multiply the date of the month by 5 and read the five chapters up to that answer. In other words, today is the 24th. Multiply 24 x 5 = 120. Now read chapters 116-120.

Now, a quick understanding of the Psalms. Each Psalm can fit into one of three different categories:

- Orientation Normal: Life is great. Everything is wonderful

- Dis-orientation Un-normal: Life is messed up! We got problems everywhere.

- New orientation, New normal: Things are different and I’m changed.

Presently, I am just reading one of those five chapters each day. Doing so, I meditate on it throughout the day. Today I read Psalm 116.

Now, you read Psalm 116 and email me back what category you think that Psalm is and, if you like, why you feel it is in that category. Your answer could be just the category or the category and a sentence or two describing why you believe it is in the category you have chosen.

Now, in the future as you read a Psalm look to see what category it is. It could be possible that many times the category the Psalm is in is the same situation you find yourself in on that day.

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