Wednesday, May 27

Meditating on the Word

Today again you are invited to explore an exercise to help you be still and listen to God through His Word. This exercise is based upon our common understanding that as followers of Jesus we believe that God speaks to us through the Bible. 

  1. Slowly read the passage.
  2. Set a timer for 2 minutes and during that time ask the question: Lord, which word or phrase do you want me to focus on today? You may want to write down the word or phrase. At the end of the 2 minutes (feel free to take longer if God is leading you to do so) proceed to the next step.
  3. Slowly read the passage again. 
  4. Take another 2 minutes to ask: “Lord is there something more you want to reveal to me through this word or phrase?” You may want to write down what you sense God is revealing.
  5. For a third time, slowly read the passage.
  6. Now ask: “Lord, what are you saying to me? What do you want me to know?” You may want to write down what you sense God is saying.
  7. Conclude with prayer, bringing to the Lord what you sense is His response to these questions. Thank him for His presence with you. Ask him to pour out his love through you today. 

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. Psalm 63:1-8