What are you planning to read this winter? Are you signed up for a new study? Continuing one you started in the fall? Did you make a New Year's resolution about Bible study yet?
I am always hesitant to make a New Year's Resolution. I have a buddy who has one or two good ideas...ways to purposefully seek what the Lord would have for her life. And so here I am, ready to dive in...to see where the Lord leads us in the coming year.
See the pic above? Those are the books I am hoping to work on this winter. If I am feeling a bit short on time, and cannot get through everything planned for the morning, I stick to my One Year Bible (OYB) and read the passages for the day. This blog will primarily focus on passages of the day from The One Year Bible. (OYB) Do you have a plan for this season? A Bible study you have joined or planned to read through yourself? Have you ever tried to read through the whole Bible in a whole year? Are you excited about what the Lord may teach you in the coming months?
I was reading through some more of Psalm 119 today....once again in an attempt to grasp onto the truth because my very human heart was buying into the lies we all are tempted to struggle with....
This is what the Lord encouraged my heart with today...
My soul cleaves to dust;
Revive me according to Thy word.
I have told of my ways, and Thou has answered me:
Teach me your statutes.
Make me understand the way of Thy precepts,
So I will meditate on Thy wonders.
My soul weeps because of grief;
Strengthen me according to Thy word.
Remove the false way from me.
And graciously grant me Thy law.
I have chosen the faithful way:
I have placed Thine ordinances before me.
I cleave to Thy testimonies:
Oh Lord, do not put me to shame!
I shall run the way of Thy commandments,
For Thou will enlarge my heart.
Oh...such encouraging words! Notice the verbs the Psalmist uses...
about himself...cleaves, weeps, meditates.
about the Lord...revive, answered, strengthened, remove, grant, enlarge.
Did you see how the psalmist is cleaving to dust in the beginning, and by the end is cleaving to "Thy testimonies?" Do you ever experience that kind of day? Or do you ever have a day where you begin by trying to cleave to His testimonies, and by the end of the day you feel like "dust?"
Which kind of day do you experience more often?
May we all cleave to His testimonies. May we be strengthened in our spirits according to His Word.
May the Lord our God enlarge our hearts this coming year!