Have you ever had a certain Bible verse keep drawing you in? Lately, I have been feeling the call to return to Psalm 18 again and again in its entirety. Highlighted and written next to in my faithful favorite Bible with its broken binding, held together by my quilted floral Bible cover splashed with soothing colors, this song of David continues to woo me.
I have felt compelled to revisit this Psalm and do a deeper, expository study of it. This involves digging in deep, exposing the details of God's word, allowing the richness of the Father's love letter to overwhelm me. It entails referring to other verses of Scripture to unfold the meaning and context of what I am reading. Slowing down is the order of the day, and "marinating" on what the Creator of the Universe has to say personally... to me... leaves the heart in simple and blessed awe.
Nothing equips the heart for future battle like being strengthened by God's promises! Like training for a marathon, what I consume will affect how I run. And failing to fill myself when I am able will only result in burnout or even injury. I know that I can only make it through the pains of hospital stays or tough IEPs because I spend that time bathing in the healing words of my Savior every day.
What about you? When was the last time you allowed your breath to be taken away by all the good God has in store for you? He stoops down to make YOU great! How cool is that? In the wise words of my associate pastor, "Come apart before you come apart!" Make deliberate, precious, carefully guarded time to enjoy quiet, deep immersion in the Words of Life. You'll be glad you did!
PRAY: "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." (Psalm 119:105, NIV) Help me not to take that for granted, God. Leave me in awe today!