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For our meditations this month we will briefly look at some Biblical words that begin with the letter “B.”

 

March 1

Read Psalm 8 (note vs. 2)

BABES—What a familiar term with which we begin our meditations this month. We all know what babies are. Everyone of us enters the world as babes. We know, too, that due to the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve, babies are born into the world with a depraved and sinful nature. Yet, as we look upon a tiny babe, our impression is one of innocence and guilelessness. Scripture, in many instances refers to babes in this sense, as for example the delightful paradox in Psalm 8:2 where God establishes His power upon that which is weakest. In Matthew 11:25 Jesus thanks the Father that His gospel is hid from the proud and haughty unbelievers (wise and prudent) and is revealed unto the simple and humble believers (babes). We are also admonished in I Peter 2:2 to be as babes who desire the spiritual milk of the word that we may grow thereby unto salvation. Let us not be ashamed then to humble ourselves before God as little babes, for His strength is made perfect in weakness.

 

March 2

Read Psalm 20 (note vs. 5)

BANNER—Did you ever watch a parade where soldiers marched confidently and proudly? Then you undoubtedly saw that in front of them the flags of their nation and regiment were held aloft so that everybody knew to whom their allegiance belonged. Scripture also uses this figure of a flag or a banner as for example in Isaiah 13:2. “Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain…” and in Psalm 60:4 “Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth.” How do we as soldiers of the cross display that banner? Do we show by our life and our witness in the world that we are not ashamed of the gospel of God, or do we hide that banner ofttimes for fear of ridicule and contempt? May God give us grace to boldly hold aloft our banner of truth for all to see.

 

March 3

Read Romans 6:1-4

BAPTISM—Today is the Lord’s day and we have the privilege to gather in God’s house in the communion of saints to worship Him and hear His Word. This is the chief means of grace which the Holy Spirit employs to make us conscious partakers of the salvation in Christ. Perhaps you will also witness the sacrament of baptism today. This also is a means of grace and signifies the washing away of sins by the blood of Christ. What a great gift of God this is to His church. By baptism we are incorporated into Christ and enter the fellowship of God’s covenant, a gracious fellowship of friendship between God and His people in Christ. How thankful we are and ought to be, that God in His electing mercy included us in His covenant. May we heed this admonition, “See then that ye walk circum­spectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the times, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15, 16.

 

March 4

Read Ephesians 6:11-17

BATTLE—It’s Monday today, and does life seem like a battle to you? Well, it really should, you know. It undoubtedly isn’t the kind of battles that I and my comrades fought in Europe in World War II. There, we had a physical enemy with real bullets and bombs and artillery, and they were committed to fight and to destroy us. All around us is another enemy though, that is out to destroy us, a threefold one, in fact, and we must battle that enemy constantly. That enemy is the devil, the world, and our own sinful flesh and it is very real. Without the armour of God, we cannot win this battle. Ephesians 6:11-17 gives us five pieces of armour for defense, plus the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God for our weapon of offense. Proper use of these components will surely spell victory. So train as a godly soldier, and by God’s grace, never surrender to these enemies!

 

March 5

Read Isaiah 46:3-4

BEAR—Although the Bible speaks often of bears, the large animals with which we are familiar, it more often uses the term bear as a verb which means to carry or uphold. Scripture is replete with this concept which begins with man who bears the image of God. What a responsibility then is ours to serve Him as His friend servant in obedience and holiness. Alas, but we are sinners, and Leviticus 24:15 states “Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin,” and Proverbs 9:12: “If thou scornest thou alone shalt bear it.” But thanks be to God Who has provided a sin bearer for us. Jesus our Saviour bore His own cross, bore the guilt of our sins and bore the Father’s wrath so we would be redeemed. In Isaiah 53:11 we read: “my righteous servant shall bear their iniquities.” What is our calling now? Walk in thankfulness and obedience and heed these words in Galatians 6:2, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

 

March 6

Read Psalm 96:7-9

BEAUTY—There is much beauty on this earth despite the fact that the curse rests upon it. Think of a vivid sunset, a colorful garden ablaze with a multitude of flowers, a majestic snow capped mountain next to a valley in which nestles a pristine lake, or perhaps you, if you are a young man, are smitten with the beauty of a certain maiden. To be sure, there is beauty in God’s creation, but it is earthly beauty. And this beauty will one day pass away. However, there is also true beauty which is spiritual, and that beauty is God Himself! All other beauty is a reflection of His perfect beauty. The Psalmist in Psalm 27:4 states that “one thing have I desired of the Lord that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord.” Also in Zechariah 9:16-17 we read: “And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people:…. For how great is his goodness and how great is His beauty!’’ This is the essence of true beauty which we and all the saints shall behold in glory.

 

March 7

Read Psalm 93

BECOMETH—Although this is an old English rendering of the word “becomes,” it has a dignity and profundity all its own. It means suitably appropriate or proper, and we can glean valuable lessons from Scripture such as Psalm 93:5: “…holiness becometh thy house. O Lord, forever.” It certainly is worthy of note that we deport ourselves in God’s house in a proper manner, coming with a reverent attitude, proper attire, and a zeal for God’s glory7. Proverbs 17:7 tells us: “Excellent speech becometh not a fool.” But positively, this verse speaks to us as wise (not in ourselves, but by God’s grace) and therefore we must use the gift of speech in an appropriate and Godly manner in all our walk of life. The apostle Paul writes to the church in Philippians 1:27. “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ.” To put it in other words: Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ.” That, people of God is our calling and it becometh us to practice it each day.

 

March 8

Read Psalm 111:7-10

BEGINNING—We don’t have to read far in the Bible to find this word. The very first sentence reads “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” We can only marvel that the holy and majestic Triune God, Who has no beginning nor ending, has, according to His good pleasure instituted a beginning of time, a beginning of His creation and a beginning of His Church of which you and I are living members. And because of that beginning, we can look forward to another beginning— that of eternal life with Christ. We are exhorted meanwhile in Hebrews 3:14. “For we are made partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end.” Of ourselves we cannot do this or even will to do it. Only by that new life in Christ. Who has regenerated us by His Spirit can we desire to be made partakers of Christ Who “is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” Colossians 1:18.

 

March 9

Read Psalm 111:7-10

BEGUILE — Have you ever been influenced to do something that, although your conscience warns you against it, yet the thing being presented is so attractive, that you succumb to its charms, only to find out that you were misled and deceived? That is the meaning of beguile, and is a clever tool of Satan to cause us to sin. Remember how Satan beguiled Eve with the lie? “Ye shall not surely die, but ye shall be as gods.” Well. Satan is alive, and just as busy today. In fact, we read in II Corinthians 11:14 “for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” Young people, when you are enticed into wrong doing on your dates, when you are lured to worldly places of entertainment, when you are tempted to skip society or worship services, or influenced to participate in any manner of sinful things that appear attractive to your flesh, remember these words in Colossians 2:4 & 6: “And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words….As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.”

 

March 10

Read Psalm 10:1-3

BEHAVE—How we conduct ourselves, or behave, which is another word for it, tells a lot about us, and perhaps our family and our upbringing. I remember as a child, that my father often said to me, “Son if you do your very best in school and only get C’s in your subjects on your report card, I’ll be satisfied, but in conduct I expect only an A.” That was good advice then and is certainly apropos today. You’ve heard this expression: “Actions speak louder than words.” How true this is, and as children of God in a sinful world, we are called to set an example of a godly walk. As you meet in God’s house today, take notice of the apostle Paul’s admonition to Timothy and the church in I Timothy 3:14-15: “These things write I unto thee…that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”

 

March 11

Read Romans 10:8-11

BELIEVE—’’Lord, I believe; help thou my unbelief.” This is one of the most poignant and touching confessions in all of Scripture and was spoken to Jesus by the father of the spirit possessed son. Every one of us is faced with the question, “What think ye of Christ?” And we either answer in the affirmative based on the assurance in Acts 13:48 “And as many as were ordained unto eternal life believed,” or, God forbid, we answer negatively as Jesus points out to the Jews of His day “Ye believe

not because ye are not of my sheep.” John 10:26. God’s people. His elect, or believers, have bestowed upon them the gift of faith by His sovereign grace which according to our Canons “produces both the will to believe and the act of believing also.” How do you know if you are a believer? Look for the fruits of the Spirit in your own heart, and repeat these words of faith: “Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief.”

 

March 12

Read John 10:17-29

BELONG—We all like to belong, don’t we? Because to belong means to have one’s rightful place or to be a part of something, such as a citizen of a country, or a member of a church, or part of a close knit group of fellow students or friends or a part of a family. To belong means that one is accepted and meets certain qualifications. One who does not belong is an outsider. This can be a very painful experience, therefore we take some comfort in the fact that we belong to any or all of the above examples. But do you know what is your only comfort in life and death? The answer is given in our beloved Heidelberg Catechism to that very first question: “That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own. but belong unto my faithful Savior. Jesus Christ…” Then all other relationships are secondary. Do you belong to Christ? Then live your life today and each day as a redeemed child of His.

 

March 13

Read Psalm 68:17-19

BENEFITS—One of the first things a person may ask a prospective employer is. “What kind of benefits do you give your workers?” Quite often, the more benefits that a company offers, the more appealing and attractive that workplace becomes. But as a former employer. I know that these benefits only came at great cost. In Psalm 103:2 we read: “Bless the Lord. O my soul: and forget not all his benefits.” What are these benefits? The very first one mentioned is the benefit of forgiveness. There is none so important than this, because in the forgiveness of sins, salvation is begun. Many, many other benefits follow in this beautiful psalm and it would be well worth your while to read it and enumerate them. These benefits also were obtained at great cost, namely the death of the Son of God. What a great redemption is ours! What a wonderful Savior!

 

March 14

Read Philippians 2:6-8

BEWARE—Have you ever encountered a sign at close range with this word BEWARE staring at you in bold letters? It may be a familiar “BEWARE OF DOG,” or as I have seen when entering territory previously occupied by enemy troops. “BEWARE OF MINES.” In either circumstances, one thing is certain, we become very cautious and wary and watch our every move. Well this is what we as Christians must do too. because there are many BEWARE signs in Scripture such as Deuteronomy 6:12: “Beware of covetousness.” Many more passages could be cited, but let us constantly with God’s help, be on our guard, “because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” I Peter 5:8.

 

March 15

Read Psalm 72:17-19

BLESS—Does God bless us or do we bless God? Actually both of those questions can be answered in the affirmative. In Psalm 5:12 we read. “For thou Lord, wilt bless the righteous.” And in Psalm 103:1. “Bless the Lord, O my soul.” To bless God though means something quite different from God blessing us, for God is no creature and to bless means basically to call well or good. When God blesses us. He calls that which is good to come upon us. We cannot add anything to God; but we can say that He is good, and we must do so with our soul—the innermost recesses of our being. Think about that when we close our worship services each Sunday with a doxology that blesses the Name of our God. Sing it with a sincere and thankful heart, with the glorious anticipation of one day hearing the Savior saying to us these unspeakably wonderful words: “Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for your from the foundation of the world,” Matthew 25:32.

 

March 16

Read Hebrews 13:20-21

BLIND—1 recently heard the results of a poll taken from a random number of people regarding which of our two senses, sight or hearing, was in their opinion the most important. I don’t remember the percentages, but by far the most picked sight. Eyesight is surely a precious gift that we tend to take for granted. But there are some who lose their sight and others who are born blind. Although through various means these persons can live active and productive lives, yet it is a great affliction. But a far greater affliction is to be spiritually blind. By nature, that is what you and I are. We cannot behold the things of God and we grope in the darkness of sin. But God in His mercy provided a Savior and Redeemer for all His elect blind. Isaiah prophesied in the Old Testament: “Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened” and Jesus fulfilled that in His earthly ministry when the blind received their sight. That is a picture of our spiritual eyes being opened so that seeing, we may see and appropriate the things of the kingdom of heaven.

 

March 1 7

Read Hebrews 13:20-21

BLOOD—Many of us are squeamish or uncomfortable at the sight or thought of blood. It is so vital to our bodies that we cannot live without it. The Bible tells us in Leviticus 17:11: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood.” But even more vital for our life and the life of the church is the blood of Christ. Without the shedding of this precious blood there is no remission of sin. With no remission of sin. no eternal life. All through the Old Testament, the bloody sacrifices pointed to the one perfect sacrifice of Christ on the cross. How true the words of the hymn. “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” May the word which you hear preached today strengthen your faith in that wonderful Savior Who willingly shed His blood that we might be redeemed.

 

March 18

Read Psalm 34:1-3

BOAST—Here is a word found rather frequently in Scripture that can be used in both a negative and positive way. We all are prone to boasting. That may take the form of pride in our jobs, our accomplishments, our nice car. our new clothes or in our bank accounts. Such boasting is really carnal and the Bible warns us against it. Proverb 27:1. “Boast not thyself of tomorrow: for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Psalm 49:6-7. “They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches: none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him.” Positively, we certainly can and must make our boast only in the Lord as we read in Psalm 44:8 “In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name forever.”

 

March 19

Read Romans 12:4-8

BODY—The Psalmist declares that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Our bodies are formed by God, given breath by Him and created in His image. What a wonderful complex physical being is man with every part working in harmony with each other. Wicked, unbelieving man, foolishly declares that we are products of evolutionary development from lower species of animal life and shake their fist at God in rebellion. We also know that because of sin, death came into the world, and so these earthly bodies must one day die. But Scripture tells us that just as a seed dies when it is sown into the earth, and a living plant emerges, so our earthly bodies will be raised as heavenly bodies, perfectly fit for eternity. What a blessed hope that is! The Bible also tells us that the church is likened to our body and just as our body needs all of its parts to function well, so the church is composed of many members and every member is necessary, each with his or her special gifts and calling. This means then that we treat each other with respect and loving concern since we are “members one of another.”

 

March 20

Read Isaiah 29:1, 8

BOOK—In early Biblical history Job lamentably exclaims. “Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!” Job 19:23. Well God saw to it that not only his words were preserved in a book, but all of God’s Word necessary for our salvation were faithfully and miraculously given to the Church. The Book of Books is our Bible—the inerrant, inspired Word of God. Do you read it often and prayerfully? What is your choice in other books? Do they build you up spiritually, or do you read the world’s books, full of sin and lust and profanity? We read in Scripture, that a set of books are kept in heaven. The psalmist David pours out his heart to God and cries, “put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?” Psalm 56:8. And in Revelation 21:12, “and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. How thankful we must be for the great mercy of God Who beholds His saints in Christ, and as therefore justified and redeemed.

 

March 21

Read I John 5:1-4

BORN—When we see or hear this word we quite naturally think of the process of birth and of little babies entering the world. Every person who has ever lived had to be born from their mothers and there are no exceptions. There is another kind of birth, however, which we read about frequently in the Scriptures and only certain persons experience that. Remember how Jesus in John chapter 3 tells Nicodemus “Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God”? This is the new birth, or implanting of new life in the heart of the sinner who by nature is evil and dead in trespasses and sins. This is a miraculous work of the Triune God by the Spirit of Christ in the very depths of man’s existence. Every elect child of God receives this new birth and it often occurs before he is even born. And just as man cannot cooperate in his physical birth, so he is totally passive in his rebirth. What a blessed assurance is ours when we see the fruit of that work in our lives! “Not by the works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” Titus 3:5.

 

March 22

Read Psalm 74:1-2

BOUGHT—All through history, man has bought and sold goods for a price. Practically everything we own has been bought—our homes, cars, clothes, furniture, food, etc. This is a way of life and always has been. We read in the very first book in the Bible that Abraham bought a field so he could bury his wife and even bought servants for his household. David bought the threshing floor of Aruanah which became the site of Solomon’s temple. In the New Testament we read that this process will continue until the end of time for Jesus in Luke 17:28, 30 stated “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot: they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; …even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.” Did you realize that we ourselves are bought? Listen to I Corinthians 6:20: “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” That price was the highest price ever paid for anything, namely the precious blood of the Son of God Himself. Thank God for that today and every day of your life.

 

March 23

Read John 6:33-35

BREAD—Did you know that the word bread appears more than 360 times in Scripture? Even as it is very well known in our present day, so it was also in Biblical times. Immediately after the fall, God said to Adam, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread,” Genesis 3:19. Bread in Scripture can have more than one meaning. It can mean the literal loaves that are baked in an oven, either leavened or unleavened or sometimes, as in the fourth petition in the Lord’s Prayer “Give us this day our daily bread,” it can mean whatever our Father in heaven in His wisdom deems is necessary for our physical and earthly subsistence. Jesus in His great discourse in John chapter 6 says of Himself, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he will live forever” (vs. 51). We do this as we hear His Word preached and as we partake of the Lord’s Supper. But it is also a spiritual act of one who knows he is dead in sin and guilty before God and therefore reaches out for Christ as his redemption. May we also, by believing His Word, partake of that Living Bread.

 

March 24

Read Psalm 33:1-6

BREATH(E)—Our subject today deals with a function of our bodies that started the moment we were born and continues twenty-four hours a day without ceasing. It is an involuntary action, whether we are awake or sleeping and therefore one usually is not aware of it. But we cannot possibly live without it. and that something is our very breath. In Job 33:4 we read, “The spirit of God both made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.” So really, without breath we die and with breath we live. If God should take away our breath, we would immediately cease living. What dependent creatures we are and how important it is that we live holy and obedient lives to such a great God Who daily holds us in life. The Bible refers many times to the breath of God as a mighty force that can not only give life, but that can destroy and devour. Shortly before Jesus ascended into heaven we read in John 20:22 “he breathed on them (disciples) and said unto them. Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” May the Word of God that you hear preached today be “breathed” into your hearts by this same Spirit of Christ.

 

March 25

Read I Peter 3:8-9

BRETHREN—”How pleasant and how good it is. when brethren in the Lord, in one another’s joy delight, and dwell in sweet accord.” This versification of Psalm 133 certainly describes how we ought to live with each other in the communion of saints. It is a special relationship whereby we desire another’s welfare above our own. How many of us practice this? Abraham did when he said to His nephew Lot. “Let there be no strife. I pray thee, between me and thee…for we be brethren” (Genesis 13:8). Our Savior practiced it perfectly by laying down His life for His brethren and by doing this He exhorts us to be willing to do the same. If we truly cherish our brethren in this degree how much more love, harmony, and peace would be experienced in our homes, in our churches and in all spheres of our lives.

 

March 26

Read Isaiah 61:10-11

BRIDE—Probably the most exciting, memorable, and happy day of a woman’s life is her wedding day, and there is good reason for it. She has grown from being a child into a young woman. She is to leave her father and mother, and establish a home and family of her own. and most importantly she becomes the bride or wife of her beloved husband, and as Scripture describes it, “they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). That’s why it is so vitally important that these two people who become “one flesh” also are one in spirit, one in faith and one in doctrine. A godly marriage is also a beautiful picture of Christ and His bride which is the Church. The Triune God, Who lives a perfect covenant life in Himself establishes His covenant with believers and their seed in their generations. That is the way God is pleased to gather His Church. And that is why the family is so important. The world of unbelief goes its selfish and wicked way. Abortion, spouse and child abuse, and divorce have risen so much in our day that it almost seems to be the norm. May our brides who adorn themselves with care and beauty on their wedding day also adorn themselves inwardly with a meek and godly spirit as a fitting picture of the Church, the bride of Christ.

 

March 27

Read Revelation 21:9-11

BRIDEGROOM—Yesterday, our subject was brides. Today we will think about the other partner in marriage which is the bridegroom. In today’s society, most, if not all, emphasis is placed on the bride. Her dress, her hairdo, her attendants are given prominence. And the high point of the wedding, it seems, is when she makes her appearance. Now I’m not saying that this is unimportant, but, in the Bible, it is the bridegroom who is the central figure. Remember the parable of the ten virgins? The bridegroom’s appearance was the all important event and the five wise virgins went in with him to the marriage feast. John the Baptist refers to Jesus as the bridegroom in John 3:29, “He rejoiced greatly to hear the bridegroom’s voice and said, this my joy therefore is fulfilled.” May we, as members of the church which is Christ’s bride eagerly await His appearance when we shall be one with Him and enjoy His presence with us eternally.

 

March 28

Read Hebrews 1:1-4

BRIGHTNESS—It’s a bit difficult to describe the term “brightness.” To some, who have just awakened from a sound sleep in a dark room, their eyes will protest that even a dim light is too bright. Others, who gaze at a brilliant bolt of lightning is a dark night will consider that the ultimate in brightness. And then there will be those who say that the sun in the heavens is the brightest of all since we cannot even gaze at it with naked eyes without irreparable damage. All this may be true, but the real essence of brightness is God Himself. In 1 John 1:5 we read “God is light and in him is no darkness at all.” The apostle Paul describing his conversion on the road to Damascus states, “at midday I saw in the way a light from heaven above the brightness of the sun.” Acts 26:13. To think of a light that is brighter than the sun is beyond our comprehension. But even more than that, this brightness has great power. Listen to what we read in II Thessalonians 2:7 “And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.” Let us fear our great God with obedient and reverent hearts.

 

March 29

Read Matthew 7:15-20

BRING—What will you bring today? If you are going to work perhaps you will bring along your lunch. If you receive a paycheck, you will probably bring it to the bank. Many, many examples could be mentioned because we are a “bringing” people. The Bible often uses this word and uses it in both good and evil connotations. What a joyous event when the angel of the Lord said to the shepherds “Fear not for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy” (Luke 2:10). And what evil tidings when Peter warns the church “there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies” (Peter 2:1). Jesus in His sermon on the mount tells us that men are like trees, some good, and they bring forth good fruit: some corrupt, and bring forth evil fruit. There is no middle ground. From childhood on to old age, we bring forth fruit. May it be said of us, by God’s grace. “Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age,” Psalm 92:13-14.

 

March 30

Read Psalm 51:15-17

BROKEN—If we possess something that is broken, we consider that it is useless or of little value. Our options then are to either throw it away or try to repair it if possible. Our landfills are real testimonies to mountains of broken articles. But do you realize that you possess something that is priceless only when it is broken? That sounds strange, doesn’t it? However, we read in the Bible that only a broken heart is acceptable to God. Of course that is not a literal beating heart that is torn apart or ruptured. It is a spiritual act of contrition worked by God Himself whereby the power of Satan is broken and we cry out as the Publican, “Lord be merciful to me, a sinner.” In Psalm 34:18 we read, “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” Pray constantly that God will break our proud hearts on the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ Who suffered His body to be broken for our redemption.

 

March 31

Read Matthew 11:28-30

BURDEN—We usually think of a burden as an oppressive load that is borne with difficulty, and it is usually not a physical load, but a spiritual one. Psalm 38:4 speaks of one as follows: “For mine iniquities are gone over mine head; as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.” Later in that same Psalm we are told how to be free from that burden. “For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin” (vs. 18). Burdens can take many forms for the child of God, and they are very real. As you gather in the communion of saints today, heed the words found in Galatians 6:2, “Bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” “Cast thy burden upon the Lord and he shall sustain thee” (Psalm 55:22).