06/21/16 The Word in My Heart

READING: Psalms 46-50

Today I’m reminded of the need to memorize the Word of God. To be honest, my mind is wandering in many different directions, and the varied thoughts are sometimes overwhelming. So much to do, and seemingly, so little time to get stuff done. Worries. Concerns. Questions. Fears. Frustrations. Fatigue. Battles. You never want to do anything but believe and trust, but faith isn’t always that easy. 

That’s when I need the Word again — and I need it written across my heart. 

So, today’s reading comes at just the right time for me. I am carrying throughout this day these texts written on an index card, reading them over and over again as needed:

  • “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear . . . .” (Psalm 46:1-2a). 
  • “Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love” (Psalm 48:9)
  • “And call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me” (Psalm 50:15)  

The psalmist also reminds us in today’s songs that God is our fortress (Psalm 46:7), that He’s seated on His holy throne (Psalm 47:8), that He’s our God forever and ever (Psalm 48:14), that He redeems us from the dead (Psalm 49:15), that He is the mighty One, God, the Lord (Psalm 50:1).  I read these words, and I know I need not fear or be overwhelmed; I just need to cling to His Word.   

ACTION STEPS: 

  • Read again the verses in the final paragraph of this devotional, and meditate on each one. Thank God for who He is.     
  • Memorize at least one of the verses from today’s readings. 

PRAYER: “God, You’re God forever. You know me intimately, and You love me anyway. Deliver me when I call on You today.”  

TOMORROW’S READING:  Psalms 51-57