5 Small Ways to Find Light for the Path

January 16, 2012

in Personal Disciplines,Psalms

This is the year of small things and Jason and I have again begun to read through Scripture. But there are days when the small thing of reading a small portion can seem like a burden or a ‘to do’ or a task that can just wait till tomorrow. But this year will only be the sum of all these days and this day will only be the sum of all these hours. So, here are 5 small ways to give God’s Word your best hour in order to turn this small day into something big.

1Not a word before HIS WORD. One of my resolutions this year is to not read a word before I read God’s Words. Most days, if I’m up before the kids and have time to sit, I get to do my Bible reading. But some days, if I’m up all night or just have some interruption, I find myself starting with all the kids up and around me. Then, when I do have a minute, I’m tempted to check email or the internet rather than using the 60 seconds I have to soak up a sentence from His Word.

I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.  Psalm 119:147

2Ask for help. Even this morning I found my eyes scanning the words while my mind was thinking of my ‘to do’ list. By God’s grace, I stopped and just prayed,‘Help me, help me hear you here, help me see you here, help me love these words.’ As the Psalmist praises God for His Word, he asks for help to understand more. The God who wrote these words is the same God who wrote our lives and He will connect the two for us if we ask Him to do so.

Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands. Psalm 119:73

3Praise Him for Words. With all these Bibles lying around and all these resources at our fingertips, the breathtaking gift of God’s Word sitting in our laps surprisingly can lose its wonder. But when we sit and praise Him for it, the wonder often returns. So, if you’re in no mood to sit and read Scripture, then just sit and praise Him for it. And perhaps all the praising will make you long for a moment to read.

“Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws.” Psalm 119:164

4Sing His Word. I can read the same verse again and again. But when I hear those words put to tune, something magical happens. The words are new again; they strike me differently, and I find my desire for His Word returns. This has recently happened with Seeds Family Worship albums as well as Sons of Korah albums.

“May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.” Psalm 119:172

5Compare His Word to other words. Our day will inevitably be filled with words. And it’s not that all other words are bad but that God’s Word is just so much better. But it’s not until I hold up God’s Word against facebook or email or blogs or books or a magazine that I remember its worth. When your eyes are drawn to other words before His Word, draw a comparison and let God convince you to give your best hour completely to Him.

To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless. Psalm 119:96

Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.  Psalm 119:37

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