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) Deuteronomy 10:20-21
Fear the Lord your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name.
He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.
a) Even though this passage was given to the Israelites, later on in time they deliberately worshipped other gods.
b) The Israelites teaching about “those great and awesome wonders” to the later generations were discontinued due to idolatry.
c) Today, politics, science, rationalism, etc., are being taught in many of our educational institutions instead of “In God We Trust.”
2) Luke 1:46-4
And Mary said:
My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God
a) Mary, the mother of the Christ, was here being thankful to God in the presence of her cousin, Elizabeth.
b) Women played major roles with Christ – at the start of His life, at the end of His life, and after the resurrection of His life.
c) How well do you believe Mary understood what “Savior” meant when she was praising God?
3) Psalm 89:5
The heavens praise your wonders, Lord,
your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.
a) In the Old Testament, who are the holy ones that the Psalmist were referring to?
b) Give three examples of the Lord’s wonders.
c) True or False. The assembly of the holy ones are also angels.
4) Exodus 15:2,18
The Lord is my strength and my defense;
he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him. . .
The Lord reigns for ever and ever.
a) The “my” in this verse is who?
b) My father’s God is referring to who? What is the name of this person’s father?
c) At the time the book of Exodus was written, the Lord reigns referred to which one(s)?
3. The Earth
4. The Universe
5) 1 Chronicles 16:8,12
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done…
Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced.
a) This passage is a pre-Christian gospel message about God to the nations who were Gentiles.
b) During this age of the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit will be helping you remember what Christ has done – especially in your life.
c) Which judgments that the Lord pronounced were to be remembered? Are they to be remembered and lived by today?
6) Revelation 14:7
He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
a) The person discussed in this verse (his and him) is Jesus Christ.
b) Judgment and condemnation are two different things.
c) Many will be judged, yes. . . but righteous judgement. It will be judgment based on the person’s heart and circumstances not the outward appearance they may have presented in their lives.
7) Psalm 145:2-3
Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
a) Every day, according to this psalmist, was any and all days for praising God. On both good and bad days he praised God. So should we.
b) Extolling God’s name for ever and ever will be easier done than said after Christ returns.
c) The definition of greatness belonging to God is far different, unfathomly different, than the definition of greatness ascribed now to men.
8) 2 Samuel 7:22
There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.
a) What?! There is no God like you?! How about Jesus Christ?! Didn’t He say that “whoever has seen me has seen the Father”? – What is wrong with my premise?
b) In this verse, who was the speaker?
c) In your opinion or experience, what causes people to worship other gods and to wrongly believe they exist?
9) Ephesians 5:20
[A]lways giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
a) Even though we do not have everything we want, we are to always give thanks to God.
b) It is the way of most fathers to desire to give their children the best.
c) An example of using Jesus Christ‘s name at the conclusion of prayers is shown here.
10) Psalm 106:1
Praise the Lord.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
a) The good the Lord does is worthy of thanks.
b) Thanksgiving to God is a form of praise.
c) Why is the verb endure a good word about how God loves? What word for endure do other Bible translations use?
11) 1 Chronicles 29:13
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.
a) In the context of this verse (within 1 Chronicles 29), who was suggesting to give thanks to God? Why was he asking this?
b) Briefly give your own definition(s) for the adjective word, glorious.
c) Variations of this verse can be prayed every time you wake up and get out of bed.
12) Jonah 2:9
But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’
a) Where was Jonah when he prayed this? (See Jonah 1).
b) Despite where he was when he prayed this, Jonah used the future tense “will” in this passage.
c) In other words, Jonah knew God exists! Jonah knew he was God’s prophet! Jonah had heard God’s words and what He wanted accomplished through him!
13) Ephesians 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
a) “In the heavenly realms” in other Bibles is translated: “in heaven” or “from heaven”.
b) This verse suggests that there are spiritual blessings from heaven the Lord, Jesus Christ, has gives us.
c) There are blessings, of course, that are physical in nature such as, health, financial, and material which God has provided to Christians and non-Christians alike.
14) Psalm 147:1,3
Praise the Lord.
How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise him!
… He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
a) Praise to the Lord is also good for the healing of the brokenhearted.
b) Those who have been spiritually healed by God from the wounds received in this life are those who find it good to praise God.
c) Spiritual and emotional wounds that have been healed (or are being healed) are evident in the voices of praise sung to the Lord.
15) Psalm 103:11-12
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
a) The great love of God expressed for us in this passage was seen in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
b) By accepting Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, our transgressions have been dealt a permanent blow.
c) The distance the universe (the heavens) is above the earth is INFINITE – the same distance that east is from the west.