| Click here for an audio version of this post. |
Day 5 | Meditating on to the Bible
“Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” (Ps. 119:18)
The goal of today and this week is to get the beauty of the scriptures into our soul, our consciousness, our being…and the goal of that is to apprehend God so that we might be transformed and be who we were created to be. Romans 12:1-2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Meditation is renewing your mind in the beauty of Christ and taking ungodly thoughts captive to replace them with gospel Truth.
Today’s exercise can be done with any passage in the Bible, but the Psalms lend themselves to it very well. A couple of year ago, I (Rik) did this with every Psalm throughout the year. I greatly recommend that practice. But for the purpose of this 40 day journey, you will only do it for one day. We will all be doing this Psalm together today. We would love your feedback on how God used it in your life. Hit us up on Facebook, comment on the blog or send us an email.
Here is how it works: Read Psalm 130, it is a short Psalm, only eight verses. Read it slowly looking for a particular phrase that jumps out at you. Look for only one phrase. Take that phrase and think about each word. Think about each word outside of a biblical context. Think about how those words interact with each other. Think about how each word reveals the character of God and His great love for you.
Now, get out your smart phone. Set an alarm to go off a few times today and label that alarm with your phrase. Each time it goes off think about that phrase and pray that God would push the depth of the meaning of that phrase into your soul. Some sample phrases from Psalm 130 are: “O Lord hear my voice.” “But with you there is forgiveness.” “In His Word I hope.” “My soul waits for the Lord.” “For with the Lord there is steadfast love.”
Have a great day meditating on the the Lord and His Word today!
Psalm 130:1–8 (ESV)
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! 2 O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! 3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. 5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; 6 my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. 7 O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. 8 And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
*Let us know what God is doing in this journey by leaving a comment on Facebook or the blog or by emailing us.
*Audio versions of all #40daysNC content can be found on our podcast.