My one word this year is Joy. You can read about it HERE.
The verses for me this year are Psalm 19:7-15. I decided to look it up in other translations. I encourage you do the same--with any verse or passages in the Bible. It helps you really get the entire meaning and looking at the same thing with new words can open your eyes to new personal revelation and application for you life!
My verses in the Message version jumped out. And as I read and took them in, I thought why not take them in with you! Mondays you and I can meditate together. I'll call them Meditation Mondays. No, I'm not going all "ohm" on you. Meditation simply means to reflect, contemplate or to think on.
Wednesday, I'll be tackling the latter half of verse 7. (It will be more of a devotion/teaching day.) I hope you'll come and discover the joy in something as simple yet deep as light.
The revelation of God is whole
and pulls our lives together.
The signposts of God are clear
and point out the right road.
The life-maps of God are right,
showing the way to joy.
The directions of God are plain
and easy on the eyes.
God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold,
with a lifetime guarantee.
The decisions of God are accurate
down to the nth degree.
God’s Word is better than a diamond,
better than a diamond set between emeralds.
You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring,
better than red, ripe strawberries.
There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger
and directs us to hidden treasure.
Otherwise how will we find our way?
Or know when we play the fool?
Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!
Keep me from stupid sins,
from thinking I can take over your work;
Then I can start this day sun-washed,
scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.
These are the words in my mouth;
these are what I chew on and pray.
Accept them when I place them
on the morning altar,
O God, my Altar-Rock,
This is a big chunk, so let's pick out verse 7 to meditate on today, since it's the verse we'll look at more closely on Wednesday. (*Note: I'm not rigid, if a another verse struck you, by all means hide it in your heart and keep it close to you today!)
The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together.
The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road.
Hints to help: How is this verse true in your life? What are some signposts God gave you to point you to the right road? Reflect on how this verse has been true in your life. Ask God to give you the desire to spend more time in his word, to make you whole and to pull areas of your life that need wholeness together.
Today's question: Verse 10 says, God's word is better than strawberries in spring, better than red, ripe strawberries. What is God's Word (and God in general) better than to you?
Here's mine: God and His Word is better than a dark chocolate Hershey bar with almonds complimented with a Cinnamon Dolce latte from Starbucks! (And that's pretty stinkin good!)
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
*roadsign photocredit: freedigitalphotosbyFrameAngel
*strawberries photocredit: freedigitalphotosbyCarlosPorto