Text: Psalm 143:8
"Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee."
Last year for Christmas my son, Ethan, gave me a beautiful, hard-bound devotional book that he had purchased from our bookstore here at First Baptist Church. For my dedicated, undistracted time spent with God each day I do not often use materials such as these, but the title certainly intrigued me - Revival Today. In addition to a daily Bible reading plan, the authors set aside one page for each day to recount a story from the pages of revival history. I thanked my son for the gift and began 2019 by reading page after page of God's miraculous work to send revival to His people. With a little less than two months to go on my journey of discovery of these events of spiritual renewal, I find a common thread among the stories. Our text for this week, Psalm 143:8, gives reference to a practice that must be treasured again among God's people if we are to experience revival: meditation.
David says, "Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; ..." Many of us dedicate time to pray, time to read God's Word, and most often we adjust our weekly schedule to include time with God's people. However, notice what David said, "Cause me to hear ..." I submit to you that we must practice meditation. We must listen to God. This is difficult to do in 2019, especially if you are a part of the younger generation of believers. In the USA, with God's blessings of prosperity, there is much available to distract us. Many will reach for their cell phones as soon as they wake up from a night's rest. Others will seek to turn on the television to get the latest news report on world events or politics. The allurement of social media addicts many to listen to others, but do we listen to God? What is it that captivates and monopolizes the focus of our minds? To whom, or to what, are we giving our attention?
Notice what David goes on to say in this scripture. Listening to God brings about the sure confidence of being in God's will. Do you want to be assured that the new job offer is of the Lord? Do you want to have a settled peace that the marital prospect is God's will for you as a lifelong mate? Do you long for a knowledge that you are doing God's will in His church and that you are obedient to Him? May I suggest to you that you will only fully know God's directives by dedicating undistracted time to Him each day! Meditate upon His person, His presence, and His preeminence in your life. God is speaking; are we listening?
Written by Dan Jessup