John 13 and Psalm 13By: Darrelyn L. TuttThe word "Rhema" is a special and uncommon word reserved for a special utterance. How beautifully it attaches itself to our Savior's words, who gives us life-giving Rhema words daily, hourly, and moment by moment.We weave our "three strand" study format into our communion with Christ in order to become empowered, engaged, and employed for His service.1) PRAYERMerciful Father,Bend Thy ear to your child and whisper Thy sacred secrets this moment.Whisper words of comfort, truth, and faithfulness.Counsel me with hope, strength, and stability.Lavish me with Thy merciful and unconditional grace;Fortify me with the nutrients of Thy necessary word,And secure me to the Anchor everlasting.Amen.------2) TODAY'S READ:John 13 and Psalm 13The "Oreo" practice of situating the creamy white of the Gospel into the blessed wafers of the Psalm is deliciously addictive and habit forming.Taste and see for yourself.Psalm 13 ---> John 13 ---> Psalm 13-----3) RECORDSelect one truth from each of the chapters and record them together. Ask the Holy Spirit to weave additional passages of His word into you while you're reading, and enjoy an intimately expanding thread of fellowship as He leads you.This is a pleasurable and meaningful practice of intimacy between one's soul and God ... and profoundly personal.Here's the beginning of my thread:"But I have trusted in Thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation. I will sing unto the Lord for He hath dealt bountifully with me."Psalm 13:5-6"If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you."John 13:14-15"But I have trusted in Thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation. I will sing unto the Lord for He hath dealt bountifully with me."Psalm 13:5-6-------Additional Threads:Psalm 13:5-6 ---> Luke 1:46-55John 13:4-5 ---> Acts 16:33-34Psalm 13:5-6 ---> 1 Samuel 2:1-10------Today's Rhema provokes three thoughts:1) Christ leads and loves through example. Even in the midst of His enemies, He served and kept true to His Father's mission.Will He not appoint us special graces to love in like manner?2) Peace with God may lead to very difficult scenarios and outcomes on earth.The sanctity and security of the soul must be entrusted entirely to the Father.He will receive glory as He deems fit,He will provide graces in loving measure and manner.He can be trusted.3) We can sing of God's mercy in the midst of our difficulties because He is faithful.Worship, adoration, and open confession to His glorious, beautiful name are pleasing and acceptable to Him, and all the more as we find ourselves in adverse conditions and in severe distressWe are subjects to the King and, at all times, bear the entitlements procured upon us by His mercy and grace until eternity. We are saved and we are safe in Him.We can be His examples no matter what it may cost us.Rest assurred, our souls are safe and secure in Him.-------
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