August 14, 2021
Hope you are enjoying your weekend and have time to be refreshed. We are heading out early for the cabin to get ready for our friends who are coming from Washington. We look forward to time together and have so much catching up to do.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
What is the one thing? What is most important in life? Is it not to love God and for Him to be our first love? David describes his seeking after the Lord in Psalm 63 and says, “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you…..Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” He goes on to say in verse 6 that he meditates on the Lord throughout the watches of the night. I was reading what Joyce Huggett taught on prayer and she writes that meditation does not mean emptying our minds as in Eastern meditation; but rather it is engaging every part of us which includes our emotions, imagination, our will, our creativity etc. We are to be attentive to God and to ponder and to reflect and to consider His words and let them penetrate our hearts. Jesus must have meditated on Scripture for He knew the Old testament so well that He answered Satan 3 times quoting Scripture and said,” It is written.”
When we dial down and meditate on His word, we will find that our pressures seem to diminish, and in stillness we may find a verse or phrase just seems to refer to a need we have. We don’t need to keep reading but stop there and just ponder it and let the words speak to our hearts. If something has been distressing us, a verse may just seem to spark a truth that reaches from our head to our hearts.
Perhaps we have all experienced a troublesome time and when we went to the Word, a truth or some promise just penetrated us. We received a new perspective and we felt encouraged; even though we didn’t know how things would turn out, we could leave it in God’s hands.
Let us meditate on scripture and be attentive to His voice as He speaks to us, that we may experience the joy of the closeness of His presence; the one thing.
Challenge for today: Read Psalm 63 only until something seems to stand out and speak to you.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy