August 31, 2016

Wednesday
Psalm 1

We have established the need for time alone with God and the renewing of our minds. Over the next several days, we will talk about disciplines or practices to incorporate in our time with God, often called “quiet times.” People do quiet times in many different ways, and there is no “right” or “wrong” way to do it. Some components to include in your time with God are:

Bible Reading
Prayer
Journaling
Music

God’s Word is a critical part of our quiet time because it brings growth. The Bible is our guide. It is our food. It is our truth. It is our standard. The psalmist says the ones who delight in God’s Word and who meditate on it are the ones who are blessed. When we dig deeply into his Word and let it flood our mind, we are like a tree planted by streams of water. Trees that have regular access to water and nutrients have a strong root system. They aren’t easily destroyed by storms. They produce good fruit. When we position ourselves to be nourished by his Word (by setting aside time each day to study the Bible), we will be strong and we will produce fruit.

My children do not have to work hard to grow. They don’t have to concentrate or strain or battle to grow. They simply have to eat the food I put on their plates, drink water, and just be. So many times, Christians think we have to try hard and work hard to grow in Christ. The psalmist says, “just be.” Just be in his Word. Just be in his presence. There’s one place to get the nutrients and sustenance you need to grow and that is his Word. Meditate on it and love it and you will grow like a strong tree.

Today’s App
Bible reading can follow a plan or can be more random. Using our church’s Daily Bible Readings is a great way to move through Scripture along with our church family. I love the way my daily reading connects with the teaching in worship on Sunday mornings. My grandmother always loves to read and meditate on her Bible Study lesson during the week. Our curriculum offers books for class members, and you can use time on your own to read, pray and prepare for discussion with your class on Sunday. There have been times in my life where I have chosen a Gospel, a letter, or even the Psalms to move through in the mornings. Whatever you choose to do, God will bless your time in his Word.