“Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! Thou hast commanded thy precepts to be kept diligently. O that my ways may be steadfast in keeping thy statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all thy commandments. I will praise thee with an upright heart, when I learn thy righteous ordinances. I will observe thy statutes; O forsake me not utterly! How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to thy word. With my whole heart I seek thee; let me not wander from thy commandments! I have laid up thy word in my heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed be thou, O LORD; teach me thy statutes! With my lips I declare all the ordinances of thy mouth. In the way of thy testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on thy precepts, and fix my eyes on thy ways. I will delight in thy statutes; I will not forget thy word. Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live and observe thy word. Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. I am a sojourner on earth; hide not thy commandments from me! My soul is consumed with longing for thy ordinances at all times.”
It is at this time of year that we think on the past and look forward to the future. With the New Year only days away we typically look at things we wish to change in our lives. We will look at our bodies and contemplate what we need to do to “get back into shape.” It is also a time to think on our spiritual lives and consider how we can strengthen that aspect of our life. One good way of doing this is to meditate on God’s word on a daily basis, giving ourselves time to read His word and contemplate the plan He has for us which is written in His book. If we are already doing daily readings we may resolve to focus on what we are reading and to never stop looking and considering what God wants us to learn and how He wants us to live.
May we look at His word with renewed eyes. May we not be afraid to ask, “why?” May we always seek to apply His word to our lives. May we share with our loved ones new thoughts from what we have read today. May we not shy away from reading the bible as a family at least once a week. May we not be afraid to say, “I don’t know why it says that” and seek out the answer. May we get shivers when we read how great His plan is and how much God and Christ love us. May we speak to our children of the hope we have and allow them to share theirs with us. May we apply what we read to our lives and let it impact every aspect of our life. May we allow our lives to be changed, balanced, charged, intentional, loving, prayerful, faithful, joyful, peaceful, kind, patient, gentle-and may we have the self-control to maintain it. May we allow God to work in our lives and may we believe He is with us and wants us to be with Him for eternity.
May we meditate on His word and allow it to live within us.