Priority (9 September)

Morning Encounter:


I pray to you, Lord!
Please answer me.
    I promise to obey your laws.
     I beg you to save me,
    so I can follow your rules.
 Even before sunrise,
    I pray for your help,
    and I put my hope
    in what you have said.
 I lie awake at night,
    thinking of your promises.
 Show that you love me, Lord,
    and answer my prayer.
    Please do the right thing
    and save my life.
 People who disobey your Law
have made evil plans
    and want to hurt me,
 but you are with me,
    and all of your commands
    can be trusted.
 From studying your laws,
    I found out long ago
    that you made them
    to last forever.

Psalm 119: 145- 152


Most of us have more things to do than time to do them, living at a speed that is not conducive to mental, social and spiritual health. But, as the old truism has it, when something is really important, we will find time for it: we will fit the rest around it.

The question is, how important do we regard it to have daily biblical input? As someone who loves their sleep, I find it deeply challenging when I hear of someone who will get up early to make sure they start the day with God (the psalmist is up before sunrise, even after a broken night! v 147, 148).

Putting a high priority on time reading the Bible makes all kind of sense, even (or perhaps especially) when the pressure is on. It reminds us of where our ultimate hope lies (v.147), it keeps us focussed on the love of God and puts our fears and stresses in perspective (v.149-151), and it helps us live out our days in a God-honouring manner (v. 152).


Consider where reading the Bible fits into your daily priorities. Do you need to rethink the shape of your day to give it a more sizeable space? Think through the reasons why it would be a good use of time.

Midday Meditation:

'Authentic Christianity is not learning a set of doctrines and then stepping into cadence with people all marching the same way… It is a walk- a supernatural walk with a living, dynamic, communicating God.'

(Bill Hybels, Too Busy not to Pray)

Evening Reflection:

'The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.'

(Martin Luther)

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