Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt

Read Psalm 119: 9-16

I delight far more in what you tell me about living than in gathering a pile of riches. I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you, I attentively watch how you’ve done it. I relish everything you’ve told me of life, I won’t forget a word of it.

More thoughts for meditation

Delight…ponder…attentively watch…relish. Dance, if you like. If these sound like luxuries you don’t have time for, read on.

About meditating on God’s word and giving attention to God’s ways, Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “No one is so far advanced that she doesn’t need this anymore. No one may think she is dispensed from this because of more urgent demands on her time. God himself entered into time…

To be a Christian is not a matter of a moment; it takes time. God’s Word is not a collection of eternally valid general principles that we can have at our disposal any time we wish…it is new every day for us in the endless riches of its interpretation. The necessary time for this will be given to every Christian if she really looks for it. Meditation means prayerfully opening our hearts to the word of God.

Why is it that my thoughts depart so quickly from God’s word and I find the necessary word is often not there for me in the hour of need? Do I forget to eat and drink and sleep? To forget or not is a matter not only of the mind but of the whole person, including the heart. That on which my life and soul depend I cannot forget. The more I begin to love the ordinances of God in creation and in his word, the more they will be present for me at every hour. Only love guards against forgetting. In my daily remembering of Jesus Christ, I receive the promise that God loved me from eternity and has not forgotten me.”

Suggestions for action  

For at least one whole minute simply breathe in that promise from God right now—that you have been loved from eternity and not forgotten. Delight in it. Then consider how you might make or lengthen a habit of delighting/pondering/relishing Jesus daily. Write it down and maybe even tell someone about it, today. That would make it more likely to become a part of your time schedule.