The Christian radio station that I listen to daily is WIHS 104.9 FM based out of Middletown, CT. To me, those involved with this station, as in most Christian radio stations, are broadcasting the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.
A segment that this station has been broadcasting for as long as I can remember is The Good News Verse heard every day.
Very early each morning, one thoughtful Bible
passageis given for us to consider and to
meditate. This isthen repeated several times
throughout the day.
When I hear each passage, I ask, how is this
“good news” for me? How can I apply it? Why
did the publishers choose it for me to consider?
With that in mind, I have gathered a few of them that were broadcasted a few days ago and posted them here for your review. Underneath each I have listed three ways that the passage is applicable for us to use. Please note that the views and opinions I expressed here for each passage do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of WIHS radio’s staff and management.
As you read them, I am sure you will discover other significant applications than what I have listed.
Below is the collection:
1) Psalm 40:3
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.
a) A new song in your mouth from God does not necessarily mean music that is newly composed by you, but a different tune springing away from the gloomy one you have been singing.
b) The Holy Spirit is He who implants inspirational praise, the song mentioned in this verse.
c) Question: Referring to this verse, when will (future tense) many see and fear the Lord and put their trust in Him?
2) Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
a) Trust and faith are brothers.
b) Leaning on your own understanding without God is based solely on insufficient human reasoning, logic and experience.
c) Trusting God leads to understanding God even more.
3) 2 Timothy 1:12
That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.
a) Why was Paul suffering as he was?
b) How did Paul become convinced?
c) How does God guard what He has entrusted you?
4) Psalm 5:11
But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
a) Those not taking refuge in God are taking refuge in fear, not gladness.
b) God’s protection spreads out to you, it is not narrow and meager.
c) Calling out to God causes rejoicing.
5) Proverbs 16:20
Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,
and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.
a) Name a few ways a person heeds instruction?
b) Question: Can a person who is physically deaf heed instruction? Answer: Of course! Why not?
c) How is God instructing us?
6) Hebrews 13:6
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?”
a) The Lord is a helper through the Holy Spirit who guides and comforts you.
b) The question, “What can mere mortals do?” has future implications of immortality attached to it.
c) Mere mortals can persecute and hurt you, but it is nothing compared with what the Lord can do to help you.
7) Proverbs 11:28
Those who trust in their riches will fall,
but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
a) Although riches can help pay your bills and your daily expenses, they are not dependable but unreliable in the long run. Therefore, do not put your trust on them.
b) Riches cannot forgive your sins when you want them forgiven.
c) Being righteous is believing and trusting in Jesus Christ and following Him. You will thus thrive forever.
8) 1 Timothy 6:17
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
a) Being rich in this present world, more often than not, came from the Lord.
b) Putting your hope for necessary resources to come from God is always certain.
c) It does not take much wealth to have contentment with the Lord.
9) 2 Samuel 22:3
[M]y God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—
from violent people you save me.
a) How can anyone compare the living God to an inanimate object such as a rock? What qualities does a rock have to offer?
b) Why did God, in the Old Covenant, command that rocks be used to stone those who committed a serious capital offense against God’s Law? Why not hanging, beheading or drowning?
c) Does the “horn of my salvation” refer to Jesus Christ? What does it mean?
10) 2 Timothy 4:18
The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
a) Something does not “jive” (i.e., seems not true) here. How can the apostle Paul say this when he was 1) stoned by vicious crowds and left for dead? 2) flogged three times by zealous religious leaders? and 3) dragged by angry people in cities (2 Corinthians 11:23-26; Acts 14:19)?
b) Rescue, in my opinion, can be a rescue, a removal, away from desperation and hopelessness a person is feeling while undergoing trials and difficulties.
c) All those having confidence and trust in Christ will never lose their salvation due to evil attacks. Nothing can separate us from our Savior who rescued (note: past tense) us.
11) Isaiah 12:2
Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself,
is my strength and my defense;
he has become my salvation.”
a) Isaiah was pointing to God as His salvation, not animal sacrifices and other offerings contained in the Old Covenant Law.
b) The word, Lord, mentioned twice in this passage is Jesus Christ who is the Lord who walked on earth praying and praising another Lord, His Father.
c) Isaiah’s commission as prophet required him to trust God who helped him be fearless, be strong and be protected as he carried out his duties from God.
12) John 6:35
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
a) If an unbeliever asks you, “If man shall not live by bread alone (Matt. 4:4: Deut. 8:3), then is not eating the bread of life a contradiction?” How would you respond?
b) Jesus Christ eliminates both spiritual hunger and spiritual thirst. Find Bible verses to support this.
c) Whoever believes and trusts in Jesus Christ will also be provided with the physical provision of “bread and water” – sustenance.
13) John 17:25-26
“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
a) The Father is righteous as well as Jesus Christ, His Son. Why? So that we Christians can be righteous.
b) When Christ prayed this, those who did not know the Father included most of His people, the children of Abraham. This Abrahamic relationship all began to change starting on the day of Pentecost after Christ died and rose from the dead.
c) The love of God not only surrounds each Christian believer, but it (or He) is also IN him.
14) Hebrews 10:38-39
“But my righteous one will live by faith.
And I take no pleasure
in the one who shrinks back.”
But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
a) The passage in quotation marks (verse 38) is referring to a variation of Habakkuk. 2:4.
b) Living in faith and trusting God and Jesus Christ is to live righteously.
c) Are those who shrink back in this passage referring only to Christians who formerly were walking in the light?
15) Psalm 143:8
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
a) The morning comes when what you have feared – yet trusted in God – has been dealt with.
b) It is during times of uncertainty when the best course to take is seeking God’s guidance.
c) What are other words you can use that are synonyms of the word entrust?
16) Psalm 37:3-4
Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
a) Those who lose trust in the Lord often go ahead and behave in ways expedient for themselves.
b) It is difficult to dwell safely in a land whose people do not trust in the Lord, hence being involved with fellow Christians is important.
c) Being given the desires of your heart by God today is not necessarily following (taking delight) legalistic do’s and don’ts prescribed by some church organizations.