Wednesday, July 8
Meditating on the Word (1 of 2)
The Word of God connects you with God himself. It is his means for bringing his gracious love, his free forgivingness and His unfathomable peace into your life. Today and tomorrow you are invited to slow down and consider the same portion of God’s Word. Meditating (thinking deeply and carefully) on the Word of God does not require skill or knowledge. But it is something which improves with practice (repetition).
- Slowly read the passage, asking the question: “Jesus, what are you saying to me? What do you want me to know?”
- Record in a journal or other note taking device (computer, smart phone, etc.) whatever you sense God is revealing to your questions in #1, above.
- Interpretation insight: the sanctuary / temple of the Old Testament has been replaced by the presence of Christ through his Holy Spirit in the New Testament.
O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.
Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!
I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.
I lie awake thinking of you,
meditating on you through the night.
Because you are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
your strong right hand holds me securely.
Speak to God about what he has revealed to you in this Word today.