Word lyfe (19 July 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

Happy are those
    who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
    or sit in the seat of scoffers;
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and on his law they meditate day and night.
They are like trees
    planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
    and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.

(Psalm 1.1-3)

Reflect:

A word-centred life is one that seeks to hear Christ, to know Christ and to share Christ with others. This kind of life requires us to be deeply rooted in Scripture. Psalm 1 is the prologue to all the Psalms and is a beautiful description of a word-centred life. The Psalm expresses two ways to live – either a life that is withering or a life that is flourishing. The flourishing life requires us to treasure, delight, meditate on the word of God. Meditation allows the Word to be absorbed from our head into our hearts.

 Respond:

Take some time today to meditate on the Scriptures. If it helps, write out this Psalm and carry it with you so that you can look at it throughout the day. Allow the words to sink deeply into you and try and memorise them.

Midday Meditation:

‘Praying the Scripture is not judged by how much you read but the way you read.  If you read quickly, it will benefit you little. You will be like a bee that merely skims the surface of a flower.  Instead, in this new way of reading with prayer, you become the bee who penetrates into the depths of the flower. You plunge deeply within to remove its deepest nectar.’  

(Madame Guyon, Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ)

Evening Reflection:

With all my heart
    I praise you, Lord.
    In the presence of angels
    I sing your praises.
I worship at your holy temple
    and praise you for your love
    and your faithfulness.
You were true to your word
    and made yourself more famous
    than ever before.
When I asked for your help,
    you answered my prayer
    and gave me courage.

All kings on this earth
have heard your promises, Lord,
    and they will praise you.
You are so famous
that they will sing
    about the things you have done.
Though you are above us all,
    you care for humble people,
and you keep a close watch
    on everyone who is proud.

I am surrounded by trouble,
    but you protect me
    against my angry enemies.
With your own powerful arm
    you keep me safe.

You, Lord, will always
treat me with kindness.
    Your love never fails.
You have made us what we are.
    Don’t give up on us now

(Psalm 138)

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