Arise and Shine!: Genesis to Revelation, Personalized for Victorious Living
"But our delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law we meditate day and night (Psalm 1:2). " The Word of God is a powerful weapon that needs to be a large part of our focus. Sadly, it is often pushed to the background behind our hectic, tiring lives. Arise and Shine is a light in that darkness. Author Justine Nettleton has transposed the Bible's most encouraging statements into first person so you can repeat what is written in prayer. We must be able to hear, meditate, then speak the words of Scripture to create meaning and further change in our society. The world does this without God and gives the universe the glory, but this was first begun by our Father before the world begana "when he spoke and created the heavens and the earth. Arise and Shine is an opportunity for those who aspire for great things in the kingdom of God to finally make a change; stand up, Arise and Shine "
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Tate Publishing - By Justine Marie NettletonSomeone accurately termed Christianity as “the great confession.” Confession of the truth of God’s Word is so much more than “quoting scripture.” We come into God’s great family through acceptance of Jesus Christ. The manner in which we accept Him is by confessing Him as our Lord and Savior. (Romans 10:9,10) No matter how the prayer of our acceptance may have been worded, the essence of our prayer must have indeed been a confession, acknowledging our belief, our decision to trust in the fact, that Jesus died for us, and that He was raised from the dead for our justification from the sinful nature we inherited from Adam. Each of us demonstrated our individuality through our own personal expression of prayer. Through this “acceptance,” we are given the gift of righteousness. Just as each of us may have worded our prayers differently, expressing our own hearts, we met the criteria for salvation, and through this prayer we have our personal testimony that we “confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior.”
From that moment on, the growth of our Christian life comes from a continual “acceptance” of the progressive revelation given us by the Holy Spirit. As additional aspects of the life of Christ are revealed, we continue our “acceptance” of them in a similar manner as we did our salvation. Having the same spirit as the Psalmist David, “we believe and therefore we speak.” (2Corinthians 4:13)
The Old Testament book of Psalms, much like Arise and Shine, does not take on itself to be a rendering or quoting of the commandments, judgments and precepts of God, but rather a series of personal meditations regarding them. In the Psalms, when the writer chose to speak a direct quote of the law, he did so accurately. But he also took the freedom of putting his meditations of the actual scriptures into his own words, never adding to or taking from their original setting, but clearly sharing their divine effects personally upon him.
Psalms, quoting from the Amplified Bible and the Message Translation, introduces itself, not as the law, but as meditations of the law. Thus:
Psalms 1:1-2 AMP “BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. (2) But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. [Rom. 13:8-10; Gal. 3:1-29; II Tim. 3:16.]”
Psalms 1:1-2 MSG “How well God must like you-- you don't hang out at Sin Saloon, you don't slink along Dead-End Road, you don't go to Smart-Mouth College. (2) Instead you thrill to GOD's Word, you chew on Scripture day and night.”
No matter the translation in which one reads Psalms, one message comes through very clear: they are David’s meditation, thrilling and delighting in, desiring, pondering, and “chewing,” on God’s written Word. Also, in a sense the Psalms are about David himself, revealing many aspects of his own personal relationship with God. He is not taking away from God’s law, rather he is demonstrating what God’s Word means in his own personal life, and how the sharing of that might encourage those who read the Psalms.
Clearly, in reading the Psalms, one ultimately not only learns about God, but also about David. We discover many attributes about his walk with the Lord, his challenges in that walk with God, and the discoveries made in his journey with God as his redeemer and Lord.
Arise and Shine, much like Psalms, are meditations. The Hebrew defines meditation as:
ָהָגהhāg̱āh: A verb meaning to growl, to groan, to sigh, to mutter, to speak; used figuratively: to meditate, to