June 4, 2018: Enlarge My Heart
June 4, 2018
TODAY'S BIBLE READING:
Today’s Bible Reading: 1 Kings 6-7, Psalm 119:25-32, Luke 1:57-66, Ephesians 2:11-22 Psalm 119:25-32: What do you do when you don’t feel like studying the Bible? All of us at some point or other find that our feelings do not match our commitments. Worse still, what do you do when you find that you don’t feel like seeking God at all? The doctrine of our day and our time would be to follow your feelings. Anything else is viewed as repression and being disingenuous—or not true to who you really are. In that case, then, the answer would be to not study the Bible if you don’t feel like it, or not to seek God if you don’t feel like it either. But there is a better way, and that is to pray the prayer of this psalm. The psalmist finds that his “soul clings to the dust” (119:25). He finds that his soul “melts away for sorrow” (119:28). This is not a happy bunny. This is someone who realizes that his feelings are far from diving into earnest Bible study, and instead leading him to feel broken down and melting away. What do you do then? What you do is you pray.
- “Give me life according to your word” (119:25).
- “Teach me your statutes” (119:26).
- “Strengthen me according to your word” (119:28).
- “Graciously teach me your law” (119:29).
- “I have chosen the way of faithfulness” (119:30).
- “I set your rules before me” (119:30).
- “I cling to your testimonies” (119:31).
- “I will run in the way of your commandments” (119:32).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Josh Moody (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is the senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, IL., president and founder of God Centered Life Ministries, and author of several books including How the Bible Can Change Your Life and John 1-12 For You.
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