I wrote this devotional a month or two ago, and it is already relevant in my life again. I thought some of you might be able to relate…
I have to be honest. Lately I have had a really tough time sitting down to read my Bible.
You know how it is. Things get busy, crazy even. The next thing you know, it’s been a while since you have stopped to see what the Lord wants you to hear from His Word.
I do usually carry on a running dialogue with the Lord throughout the day, but I can really tell when I haven’t been sitting down to hear Him speak to my heart.
My priorities start to get mixed up. I start to think more like me and less like Him.
I get cranky with people instead of showing grace and mercy.
I look out for number one, so to speak instead of the real Number One.
I get lost in the details of life instead of looking to His vision for my life.
What is so very cool about the Lord is that when I did sit down to listen to Him this morning, Bible in hand, He led me to one of my favorite Psalms for times like these.
Can you guess which one I am talking about? I’ll give you a hint. It’s very, very long.
That’s right, Psalm 119.
What is so appropriate about this one is that I can pray it right back to Him to ask for help for my slacker ways.
I mean, how much more direct can I be when I quote verse 16 back to Him as a prayer: “Lord, help me to delight in your decrees; help me not to neglect Your Word.”
Now that says it all, doesn’t it? I’m not promising to do anything in that verse, I’m coming to Him like the child of His that I am and saying, “I can’t do this, only You can. Please help me.”
A relationship with Him is not about what I can do for Him, but what I bring to Him from my heart, knowing that only He can truly be the problem-solver.
I don’t want Bible reading to feel like a chore, I want to look forward to it and do it (delight in His decrees as the verse says it), not put it off.
Maybe it’s just me who has these dry times, but just in case you run into one, grab your Bible and take a walk on over to Psalm 119.
Maybe you’ll find something you can pray back to the Lord. He loves to hear from you.