Friday, April 11, 2008

Morning Devotion....

What Did He Say?
: Psalm 19:7-14
Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart. —Jeremiah 15:16

Because our son Steve spent most of his teen years connected to a cell phone, it was a bit of a shock for us when we couldn't talk with him for long periods of time after he joined the US Navy. First at boot camp and later while he trained as a hospital corpsman, we endured long periods of time without any communication. So it was a treat whenever we finally did hear from him.
After one of us would get his call, the first question from the other was always, "What did he say?" We hung on every word to hear how he was doing, what he was thinking, and what the Navy was planning for him.

It's natural to respond like this to the words of those who are important to us. We eagerly anticipate hearing from them.

Are we like that with the Word of God? Are we eager to communicate with Him—to look carefully into His Book to ask, "What did He say?" Unlike the infrequent calls from a son in the military, God's words of encouragement and guidance are always available to us. We just have to listen.

The prophet Jeremiah prayed, "Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart" (Jer. 15:16). Do you have that same longing to hear God speak to you through His Word?

Thy Word is a lamp to my feet,
A light to my path alway
To guide and to save me from sin
And show me the heavenly way. —Anon.

We cannot know the heart of God unless we have a heart for God.
This devotion meant a lot this morning. I always love hearing from the kids...even the ones that still live here!!.... and this reminded me that the Lord would probably like hearing from me more as well! Are my calls to the thrown of God hurried and frequent?? Do I take time for praise and thanks, or am I always asking for help for others or myself?? we go...talking about our hearts again, like Kelly with her talk with her son the other day. Lord...are you trying to tell me something?..........

1 comment:

Kelly said...

LOVE THIS! Makes me long for the heart of the Psalmist, "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God; for the living God. When can I go and meet with Him." (Psalm 42:1,2) Oh, to always have that tenacious love and longing for my God! Thanks for the reminder!