Monday, January 21, 2013

In keeping...

Week 4:

This week is a form of the exercise called Lectio Divina.  Through the years, Monks would practice this form of Scripture meditation.

Psalm 19:7-11

7The law of the lord is perfect,

reviving the soul.

The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,

making wise the simple.

8The precepts of the Lord are right,

giving joy to the heart.

The commands of the Lord are radiant,

giving light to the eyes.

9The fear of the Lord is pure,

enduring forever.

The ordinances of the Lord are sure

and altogether righteous.

10They are more precious than gold,

than much pure gold;

they are sweeter than honey,

than honey from the comb.

11By them is your servant warned;

in keeping them there is great reward.

Each day this week, read through this passage slowly 5 times.  Take pauses between each reading and work through the reflections for each as listed below. 

The first time through, meditate on each subject related to the “of the Lord” statements (Ex. ‘law’, ‘statutes’, etc.).  Pay attention to what comes to mind and heart. 

The second time reading through, meditate on each adjective (Ex. ‘perfect’, ‘trustworthy’, etc.).  What do these say about God’s Word?

On the third reading, meditate on the active result tied to the “of the Lord” statement (Ex. ‘reviving the Soul’).  Think about ways these results have applied to you.

On the fourth reading, make a connection between verse 11 and the prior verses.  Where have you seen these results in your life?  Reflect on some specific examples. 

After the fifth and final reading ask yourself the following:  “What is the word you have for me in this passage, God?  Is there anything you want to say to me today?”  Listen.  Write down anything you sense God might be saying to you.  Finally, ask yourself and God, “What am I being called to do as a result of the word I have been given?”  Perhaps you are feeling challenged to love God more, or to accept some aspect of who you are, or to serve someone you know or to begin changing some aspect of your character.  Whatever it is, write it out.  “Today God is calling me to be a more ______ person.  Be with me God and teach me how.”   Thank God for the word and the calling you have been given.
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