“But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” Psalm 1:2
Scripture to Read:
Passage on Which to Meditate/Devotional Thoughts:
- Genesis 11:4: “And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”
It’s hard for me totally understand what is happening here, but commentators seem to believe that the people of Babel were trying to defy God or at least rival Him with building this tower. They thought they were wiser than God. Since the idea of building a tower is foreign to me, I could think, “They are so silly. Why would they want to do that?” However, I am just like them. I like to do things my own way even though God has clearly shown how I should live my life. Sometimes I think I am wiser than God when I go down my own path instead of following the path God has set up for me. God has placed this story in the Bible for several reasons. One would be just so that we know how people groups got their languages and then scattered thoughout the world. But another reason is so that we might learn from their foolishness and pride and avoid the error of their ways.
- Psalm 4:4: “Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.”
This is one of my biggest weaknesses: I am not still. I can excuse that with saying that I have 5 kids and when can I EVER be still? I am writing this after an exhausting day of organizing and cleaning. My Fitbit that I just set up let me know by email half way through the day that I had walked 5,000 steps — and I had never left the house. Yet, I think there is much wisdom where it says, “commune with your own heart upon the bed”. Before I get up and after I lie down, I need to take a few minutes to be still, to reflect on the awesomeness of God, to praise Him for who He is and what He has done, and to have some conversation with Him. In the morning, I can pray for His help for me to do what is right: to sin not. In the evening, I can confess my sins and ask for help the next day in those failings I had today. It’s a simple and short verse, yet so profound and life changing if we apply it to our daily lives.
- Luke 2:17 “And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.”
The shepherds are a great example of being bold witnesses for Christ. I need to be willing to make known abroad the wonderful truths that I know: Jesus has saved me from my sins!
What are you meditating on today?
- I am using a Scripture plan a missionary friend of mine wrote up for 2015.
- Read Genesis-Ruth once.
- Read Psalms 1-119 2-3 times each; Psalms 120-150 once.
- Read the New Testament once, beginning with a harmony of the Gospels.
- Read and study the book of Ephesians for over 4 months.