Monday, September 26, 2011

Meditation Metaphor: Strap It On Your Forehead

“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

The way to truly know the heart of God is to constantly have His words at the forefront of your attention. We don't have to strap them to our heads like the Jewish leaders did. But we do need to hide them in our hearts, constantly meditate on them.

And it's not a bad idea to create habits in your day that remind you to meditate on them - times to talk about the scriptures, times to read them and memorize them, posting scriptures on your bathroom mirror and on the refrigerator door, configuring your Outlook program to pop up scripture reminders, following Twitter accounts that provide daily scriptures (I like @proverbsfeed).

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Do God's Will

"The goal of the missionary is to do God’s will, not to be useful or to win the lost. A missionary is useful and he does win the lost, but that is not his goal. His goal is to do the will of his Lord."
Oswald Chambers (utmost.org)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Psalm 119: Love Letters

Would you be able to write 176 statements about your love of God’s Word and your dedication to it?

The Bible has been out of style lately.

There was a time not too many decades ago when most people, even those who weren't really "religious", treated the Bible with respect. They knew a few popular verses and held it in high regard.

Now it seems more in vogue to treat the Bible like a waste of ink and paper.

The really sad thing, though, is that a lot of believers have gotten into the habit of disrespecting the scriptures. Obeying laws is something churches emphasized back in the day, back when theology was king and rules were made to be idolized.

It would do us all good to spend time inhaling the perfumed fragrance of David's love letter. Or should I say letters?

David alphabetized this Psalm. It's like he was saying, How do I love the Word? Let me spell out the ways . . .
Great peace have those who love your law,
and nothing can make them stumble.
Psalm 119 Sin & Shin