Meditative Moments Day 3 – Psalms 23 #TheGoodBook

I thought I’d meditate through Psalms 23 with all of you this week.

This week at Kfirst, we are focusing on a meditative approach to the scriptures. “Meditation” is, perhaps, the most underused and misunderstood approach to the bible. Often, “meditation” is associated with eastern religions or New Age “disconnecting.” Scriptural meditation is not about disconnecting but engaging with the text in order to digest it.

Check out Day 1 HERE 
Check out Day 2 HERE

As we are taking a meditative approach to Psalm 23, we’re going to do it bit by bit. One of my favorite “meditation” tactics is using the 5 senses in the context of the scripture. Other tactics can include memorizing scripture, focusing on specific phrases, speaking aloud, journaling, and praying it.

He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.ESV
He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.NLT
True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.MSG
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.TPT

My meditative thoughts today:

My every intention was to stick to one verse, but words like “leads/guides”  “paths” and “walk” and “valley” could not be separated. There are some “paths” the Lord leads me on which most likely go through a valley.

The “valley moments” are not always evil in nature. Sometimes they are difficult seasons. But nevertheless, they are dark and challenging. But as I meditate on this, the promise is:

He leads me.
He is with me.
He protects me.
He will bring me through.

But He doesn’t do it so that I am glorified. It is for “His name’s sake.

Here’s my life Lord. Lead me, my marriage, my family, and my calling according to Your honor. Guide me on a path that only can be traversed because I stuck close to you. I want no part of something I can do apart from you. Speak Lord, and I will follow. Mountain or valley, no fear will fracture the truth of Your presence. You are with me.

Amen

Check out the service from Sunday from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

 

Love you all.

 

Thanks for letting me ramble…

 

Meditative Moments Day 2 – Psalms 23 #TheGoodBook

I thought I’d meditate through Psalms 23 with all of you this week.

This week at Kfirst, we are focusing on a meditative approach to the scriptures. “Meditation” is, perhaps, the most underused and misunderstood approach to the bible. Often, “meditation” is associated with eastern religions or New Age “disconnecting.” Scriptural meditation is not about disconnecting but engaging with the text in order to digest it.

Check out Day 1 HERE

As we are taking a meditative approach to Psalm 23, we’re going to do it bit by bit. One of my favorite “meditation” tactics is using the 5 senses in the context of the scripture. Other tactics can include memorizing scripture, focusing on specific phrases, speaking aloud, journaling, and praying it.

He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.” ESV
He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength.” NLT
You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.” MSG
He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love. His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss. That’s where he restores and revives my life.TPT

My meditative thoughts today:

Sometimes I do not realize the value of rest. Our bodies were not designed to run without rest. So I listen to the leading of the One who designed me. And the Designer leads me to a place(s) where I can find:

A quiet place for my soul.
A calm moment for my mind.
A resting place for my body.
Resources to refuel my innermost being.

In the Passion Translation, the words, “…He offers me a resting place…” pierces my heart.

He offers…and it is my choice to ignore it or embrace it.

Yet he still offers.

While I selah (stop, pause, reflect) on this a song begins to play in my ear. It perfectly meets me in this meditative moment of needing His refreshing winds in my spirit.

So today Lord, I let out the sails of my heart. Here I am, here You are.

Check out the service yesterday from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

 

Love you all.

 

Thanks for letting me ramble…

 

Meditative Moments – Psalms 23 #TheGoodBook

I thought I’d meditate through Psalms 23 with all of you this week.

This week at Kfirst, we are focusing on a meditative approach to the scriptures. “Meditation” is, perhaps, the most underused and misunderstood approach to the bible. Often, “meditation” is associated with eastern religions or New Age “disconnecting.” Scriptural meditation is not about disconnecting but engaging with the text in order to digest it.

This is what makes the bible so different. It is meditative literature designed to impact and shape our faith in Christ. Which means:

  1. You were not meant to get it all at once. 
    • We are given a text that doesn’t have every detail of every story. Why? Because the scripture is an invitation to a lifetime of learning and growing. It forces you to slow down and read carefully.
  2. It’s not about religious achievement.
    • Reading the bible isn’t about getting the “Christian checklist” done for the day to make God happy. This is about engaging in His story and narrative.
  3. It was meant to be worked through in community.
    • This is one of the beauties of scripture. While personal study is fantastic, there is something about how it unfolds in community when you enter into discussion with other believers.
    • The point isn’t to get someone to believe what you believe. The point is engagement with people so that the Kingdom of God is built and others are better because of what was shared and it was shared.

As we are taking a meditative approach to Psalm 23, we’re going to do it bit by bit. One of my favorite “meditation” tactics is using the 5 senses in the context of the scripture. Other tactics can include memorizing scripture, focusing on specific phrases, speaking aloud, journaling, and praying it.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” ESV
The Lord is my shepherd;I have all that I need.” NLT
God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing.” MSG
A Psalm of David. Jehovah [is] my shepherd, I do not lack.” YLT
The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd. I always have more than enough.” TPT

My meditative thoughts today:

  • Jesus, do I allow you to lead?
    • How often do I want the role of the shepherd to lead you instead of resting in your guidance? How often do I wrestle you for my wants and blame my lack of happiness because my happiness is dependent upon my “wants” instead of being thankful for my “needs” being provided for.
  • My peace doesn’t rest in my hands but from the covering and care of an ever-present Shepherd.
  • “All that I needed thy hand hath provided.” – song “Great is thy faithfulness”
  • How much gratitude do I exercise in my life? Do I focus on what God has given me in Christ or what I feel I lack (or deserve)?
    • If I only had today what I was thankful for yesterday, would I possess anything?
  • I must approach what God gives as “blessing” and not “entitlement.”

Check out the service yesterday from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

 

Love you all.

 

Thanks for letting me ramble…