Monday, May 11, 2015

Day and night

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TODAY'S SPECIAL: Psalm 1:1-6

TO CHEW ON: "But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night" - Psalm 1:2

"…meditates day and night." That would be continually. Why would we think about God and the revelation of Him in His word ("law of the Lord") so much?
  • Growth and fruitfulness: 
Here in Psalm 1 the writer compares this continuous meditating on God to a tree that draws constant nourishment from the stream beside which it grows (Psalm 1:3). Se we see it's for the tree's growth and fruitfulness.

In another place Paul advises Christians  to: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks" (1 Thessalonians 5:17)—more ways to help growth and productivity.

Continuous connection with God happens in other places in the Bible too, where it serves other purposes:
  • Perspective:
Being closely connected to God helps us gain and maintain a realistic perspective. The writer of Psalm 71 reflects on God's lifelong presence with him and says, "My praise shall continually be of You"  - Psalm 71:6.
When studying creation, the writer praises God as creator: "I will sing to the Lord as long as I live…" Psalm 104:33.

David, at the outset of his psalm about God's attributes and His activity in history begins: "I will extol You my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever." Psalm 145:1

  • Help:
Another time we may find ourselves turning often to God is when we're in danger. When thinking of his enemies and their evil designs on his life, the writer of Psalm 71 turns to God as a place to put his hope for survival: "I will hope continually and I will praise you yet more and more" - Psalm 71:13,14.

  • He is worthy:
We witness the continuous God-conscious activity that goes on in eternity and it hits us—this is reality.  The heavenly beings in John's vision who "do not rest day or night saying 'Holy, Holy, Holy'" (Revelation 4:8) are praising the One who is truly worthy of that kind of praise.

Whatever place we're in today is a good one to meditate often and long on God and His activity, will, capabilities, accomplishments, and worthiness. Let's do it for our spiritual growth, to gain realistic perspective of life, to SOS Him when we're in trouble, and because He's worthy of it!

PRAYER: Dear God, help me to turn my thoughts to You continually, day and night. Amen.

Unless otherwise noted all Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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