The Word-Shaped Life (10 September)

Morning Encounter:


Please, Lord, hear my prayer
and give me the understanding
    that comes from your word.
 Listen to my concerns
and keep me safe,
    just as you have promised.
 If you will teach me your laws,
I will praise you  and sing
    about your promise,
    because all of your teachings
    are what they ought to be.
 Be ready to protect me
    because I have chosen
    to obey your laws.
 I am waiting for you
to save me, Lord.
    Your Law makes me happy.
 Keep me alive,
    so I can praise you,
    and let me find help
    in your teachings.
 I am your servant,
    but I have wandered away
    like a lost sheep.
Please come after me,
    because I have not forgotten
    your teachings.

Psalm 119: 97-104


What is life all about? Humanity shares a common longing for meaning, for their existence to be a coherent narrative not a series of unrelated fragments, for who we are to matter in some way. As Christians we locate ourselves in God’s great story, and that gives us identity, purpose and security (the 'understanding of God’s word' v.169). But we are still caught up in the moment by moment mundanity of work, domestic chores, childcare, finances, paperwork, and food shopping. Discipleship does not mean brushing aside these lesser activities to focus on 'spiritual occupations' like reading the Bible. It means living every aspect of life in a Christ-like, Scripture-shaped way.


'Listen to my concerns. Let me find help in your teachings. Lord, your word is my lifeline. Speak to me through it today. Amen.'

Midday Meditation:

'So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.' (Isaiah 55:11 (ESV))

Evening Reflection:

'All the persons of faith I know are sinners, doubters, uneven performers. We are secure not because we are sure of ourselves, but because we trust that God is sure of us.'

(Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction)


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