To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
May/June 2016 Issue – The Presence of God, ‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Psalm 5:1-12 (NIVUK): ”Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome.
The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong; you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, Lord, detest.
But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down towards your holy temple.
Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies – make your way straight before me.
Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies. Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favour as with a shield.”
The above is a great psalm, there is a lot of inspirational imagery to be found in the words.
I found today’s study to be really positive, I think if anyone was feeling a bit down before reading it, they would be engaging with God, in praise, by the time they get to the end of it.
I especially liked the following: “What an amazing picture today’s text paints for our faith: God eagerly waiting for us to awake, listening for our voice. … One of the difficulties in the Church today is that many Christians do not spend enough time reading their Bible. Is it any wonder that spiritually speaking they are running on empty. …
Nothing I know of is more wonderful than the realisation that God eagerly holds Himself in readiness to engage with us as soon as we awake. May we eagerly hold ourselves in readiness for Him.”
In may be inconvenient for some to go and open up a hardcopy of a Bible each day, but with the growing popularity of tablets and smart phones and access to websites (such as www.biblegateway.com) you can easily download a text or audio version of the Bible, to your device.
Once downloaded you can either read it, or have it read to you – it’s really easy to do. I think that being too busy to listen God’s Word is not a reasonable excuse in this electronic world, it’s all to do with priorities. Do you agree?