Bible Reading: Psalm 119.57.64
The Lord is my portion;
I have promised to keep Your words.
I sought Your favor with all my heart;
Be gracious to me according to Your word.
I considered my ways
And turned my feet to Your testimonies.
I hastened and did not delay
To keep Your commandments.
The cords of the wicked have encircled me,
But I have not forgotten Your law.
At midnight I shall rise to give thanks to You
Because of Your righteous ordinances.
I am a companion of all those who fear You,
And of those who keep Your precepts.
The earth is full of Your lovingkindness, O Lord;
Teach me Your statutes.
The simple phrase “I considered my ways” in verse 59 of this section of Psalm 119 seems particularly relevant for us today. We’re so over-scheduled and busy multi-tasking on all our devices that time for personal introspection is few and far between. It’s difficult for many of us to stop down and really consider our thoughts and actions in light of God’s truth when we’re constantly on the go. When we do get a little downtime, it’s easier to just “veg out” because we’re mentally and physically spent. My friend Greg Crow is fond of calling this “lack of margin” in our life, and it’s big problem.
In contrast, the psalmist takes time to consider his ways and then turns his feet quickly to follow God’s word. He hastens to keep God’s commandments and give thanks. Notice the different life cadence here? My tendency is to live in a hurry and then try to squeeze in spiritual things when I “have time”. Instead, the psalmist lives intentionally (or slowly, if you will) considering his ways in the moment. Then, he moves quickly to maintain his alignment with God’s agenda.
Today, let’s all slow down a bit and realize that as believers, we can all say, “The Lord is my portion”. In other words, I can find complete satisfaction and fulfillment in Him alone. So, what am I running around all the time chasing anyway? As Christians, that’s something we’re all compelled to slow down and consider.
Weekly Memory Verse: Your hands made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments. Psalm 119.73