This week we are focusing on only 1 chapter, Psalm 37. We are reading a few verses each day and we are using a Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading) format. If you are unfamiliar with Lectio Divina go back and read Sunday’s devotion which gives the explanation. Go ahead… I’ll wait!
- Rest in God
(Note, this does not lend itself to being on the go. It is better when you have a few minutes to sit and quietly read, reflect and pray).
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity.
- Read through this slowly, several times. (at least 3)
- Choose a word or phrase that especially speaks to you. Spend some time chewing over that word or phrase. I chose “be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” What does it mean for me to “be still before the Lord?” Is this talking about my body? My mind? My heart? Is there any area of my life about which I’m feeling restless or disturbed? What is causing that restlessness? Am I having trouble being patient about something? Can I name what that is? Why might I be having trouble being patient about this particular issue? Am I habitually impatient or is this unusual for me? Wait! I’m still not being still. Breathe. Let go of my thoughts and simply “be still.”
- Pray. Bring whatever has arisen to God in prayer. Have a conversation with God as you would with any other good friend or loved one. Trust that whatever you bring to God, God will hear and will understand.
- Rest in God. After you pray, simply release whatever has caused you to be “un-still” and rest in God’s love for you.
(Note: verse 11 is one that Jesus himself quoted in his Sermon on the Mt. You might want to reflect on this verse. What does it mean to be meek? What does it mean to inherit the land, or earth as Jesus phrased it in Matthew 5:5? What does your understanding of your future inheritance look like? Here it seems that we are promised earth or land as inheritance as opposed to heaven. How does a future eternity on earth sound as a hoped for reward?)
There are many fruitful issues that could emerge with each verse. Can you see how Lectio Divina as a way of reading the Bible can really open up a Bible verse and immerse you in the text and bring you into conversation with God? If you practice these skills every day this week you will have in your spiritual toolbox a great resource for growing in your relationship with God.
Pastor Jeff Fletcher