First Day: "The LORD is my shepherd."
IT is said that whenever we find the Lord's name written in small capitals
in the Old Testament, we are to remember that the thought is to be concerning
Jehovah. The Israelites spoke his name but once a year, and then the high
priest was the speaker, and the place was the most holy place. They had
such a reverence, not only for Jehovah but also for his very name, that
they would not set their feet upon a piece of parchment for fear his name
might be upon the other side. And he whom Israel thus rev erenced is your
Lord for this day. Is there any reason why it may not be a day of victory?
In different places in the Old Testament this very name Jehovah is used
with added emphasis, as if to make plain what he would be to Israel.
Jehovah; that is, "I am that I am," Exod. 6: 3. Since
we live in the New Testament times, it is our privilege to finish the sentence,
making him to be all that our souls long for. I am thy life, thy strength,
thy soul's delight; "I will guide thee with mine eye."
Jehovah-jireh; Gen. 22: 14; that is, "The Lord will provide."
"No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly."
Every hour of this day his strength shall counteract thy weakness; his
rest shall be in place of thy restlessness; he himself shall guard thee
Jehovah-nissi; that is, "Jehovah my banner," Exod. 17
: 15. There was to be fighting that day with Amalek, and Moses knew that
victory was his because Jehovah was his secret of strength. There will
be temptations for you this day, but temptation is not sin; yielding is
sin. But no temptation can overtake you and cause defeat if the Lord be
given the mastery of your life.
Jehovah-shalom; that is, "Jehovah send peace", Judg. 6
:24. And he will give peace in the place
of unrest, because he gives himself. It is every Christian's privilege
to claim the Lord in all his fulness. Do this for today, and victory is
SUGGESTIONS FOR TODAY.
1. Realize, if you can, your own weakness. This will show you how dangerous
your position is and how liable you are to fall.
2. Conceive, if you can, his mighty strength, and then realize that he
is yours to stand between you and every temptation and trial.
3. Over and over this day keep saying, "If God be for me, who can
be against me?"
4. Commit your way to him, and let him be responsible at least for this
one day of your life.