Daily D – Psalm 119:15
I will meditate on your precepts and think about your ways.
PSALM 119:15 (CSB)
How contemplative are you? The person who gives focused thought and reflection to his or her life lives, learns, adjusts, and improves going forward. Life is less about what happens to us than what happens in us. Experience is not the best teacher, evaluated experience is. These are common truths unevenly applied.
Daily reflection is important for forward progress. Keeping a journal is helpful. I schedule journal entries for morning, noon, and night. In the morning, I write how I want my day to go. I note what is before me and how I plan to go about my work.
I check in just before noon to note how things are going and what adjustments are required. In the evening, I look back and see what progress I made, what had to be rescheduled, and what I learned from it all.
Starting the day with God and the Bible, we find words to guide our contemplation throughout the day. The psalmist writes in verse 18, “Open my eyes so that I may contemplate wondrous things from your instruction.” We get to choose what enters our minds and shapes our thoughts. The Bible is superior to news or entertainment. It endures forever. Those change by the hour.
One of the entries in my journal each morning is the Bible verse or verses that stood out to me that day. It is amazing how often God and his words of truth and life are perfectly in sync with my experience.
If as Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living,” the examined life must be the goal. Meditating on the truth and goodness of the Bible and reflecting on the experiences of life moves us in the right direction as we make necessary course corrections.
- What words of God will you meditate on today?
- How will you reflect on what happens to you and what happens in you?
- How will you go about making necessary course corrections?
I will live a contemplative life.
Our Father, give me ears to hear what you are saying to me through my daily Bible readings. Sink your truth deep into my heart. May your will and your ways guide me in all I think, do, and say. Teach me through the wins and losses, the forward progress and the inevitable delays of my days. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.