Journal Entry // April 25, 2021
But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.Psalm 131:2 ESV
A calm and quiet soul is one that is at rest in the loving providence and care of Almighty God. This soul understands the fear of the Lord and in wisdom chooses to be calm and quiet. This soul does not eat the bread of anxious toil, but has decided to be humbly reliant upon his good good Father. To be like a weaned child with is mother.
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Journal Entry // April 23, 2021
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.Psalm 127:2 ESV
What does it mean to love the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength? One indicator of how my life is oriented can be seen in this phrase, “eating the bread of anxious toil.” This is such a good and helpful picture to help reflect on my trust and rest in the Lord alone for all things.
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Journal Entry // April 18, 2021
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?Psalm 121:1 ESV
I like this picture that the Psalmist paints of eager anticipation for rescue. As I contemplate this image I remember those days of utter despair filled with anxiety and worry. My heart cry was similar after a fashion in that I too longed for rescue from the trial upon me.
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Journal Entry // April 17, 2021
Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.Psalm 119:133 ESV
I really enjoyed reading through Psalm 119 this morning. What a great reminder and challenge to cherish the word of God and let it soak deep into your soul and prick your heart. There were so many verses that spoke to me this morning that it was difficult to choose just one. The theme that stood out to me was that I should be delighting in God’s word by engaging my heart and soul with continual meditation throughout the day.
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Journal Entry // April 13, 2021
You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.Psalm 115:11 ESV
In connection to Psalm 110, this verse takes the next step from the fear of the Lord and moves us into trust. Why is it that the Psalmist feels the need to add this challenge to those who already fear the Lord? To rightly fear the Lord, we must trust. We must move toward the Lord. This is what trust involves.
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Journal Entry // April 11, 2021
Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments!Psalm 112:1 ESV
This is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10). The fear of the Lord always sounds like such a negative state to be in a relationship. We don’t like to think about fear being a part of a loving relationship, but it is probably more due to our lack of understanding of what fear means in a loving relationship.
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Journal Entry // April 10, 2021
My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my being!Psalm 108:1 ESV
Steadfast = resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.
This verse gives me hope, but maybe not in the way that one would tend to think. My hope is buoyed from this verse as I think and reflect that David wrote this Psalm and was able to say this about his own heart. David, a man after God’s own heart, was able to say about his heart that it was steadfast. My hope arises as I remember that David did not live a perfect life nor a life that was not tainted by sin, fear, shame, guilt. David was a man that struggled in his heart to be faithful to our Lord just as I do. David was rebuked by the Lord for the sin in his waywardness, just as I have been. David failed at times to live up to the standard and calling that the Lord had given him, just as I have. Yet David can say that his heart is steadfast.
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Journal Entry // April 7, 2021
For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.Psalm 107:9 ESV
A longing and hungry soul. I don’t really understand what it means to have a longing soul. If my soul is indicative of that essence of who I truly am, then this deep longing is more than just my heart being in tune with the Lord as a representative of my desires and passions. My soul, being the essence of who I am in my inner most being, should long for and thirst after the Lord.
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Journal Entry // April 4, 2021
May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD.Psalm 104:34 ESV
I have never really asked myself this question and have never been so confident as to just announce that the Lord is pleased with my meditation. It sounds prideful and arrogant to declare that the Lord is pleased with your meditation, yet here the Psalmist proclaims that the Lord is pleased.
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Journal Entry // March 27, 2021
They are planted in the house of the LORD; they flourish in the courts of our God.Psalm 92:13 ESV
I think I am identifying with these plant analogies because I have been working in our garden the last couple of weeks. The more I really think on this picture the more I am amazed at the glorious truth of the gospel working in my life. I am sitting at my table looking out the window over my recently planted garden and there are a few thoughts that spring into mind.
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