We live in a world where we want the results, but are often unwilling to put in the work. I agree with The Afters when they sing about wanting to hear the words “well done” in the end. Jesus makes it clear in his parables the characteristics of those inheriting the kingdom of God.
Let’s make some discoveries and ACT on what we find.
It’s the hardest experiences that often shape us the most. While they may be excruciating in the moment, when we persevere, these trials lead to greater character and hope. “Scars” by I Am They sings of this very phenomenon. May we be strengthened by our scars, not broken by them.
There is a man deeply scarred that you may have missed in the Old Testament. Let’s read about him together!
We’re building a life. With every choice we make, every word we say, every thought, and every act we are building a life. That leads to the question, “What foundation are we building our lives on?” Pat Barrett’s song “Build My Life” is a declaration of building a life on a firm foundation. That foundation is revealed in Scripture.
Join me as we see what Jesus has to say about our building practices in Matthew 7.
Trauma and tragedy can leave us feeling lonely and unseen. For King & Country’s song “God Only Knows” reminds us that God holds a deep love and understanding of you and your circumstances (past or present). Many of the psalms of David poetically reflect our own heart’s cry.
Let’s take a deep look at one of those psalms this week.
Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
Write in your Bible
Consider the opposite
Make a list
The line in the song that led me to the verse that led me to our focus Psalm this week – Psalm 25:16
How Psalm 25 is an acrostic psalm, meaning each verse starts with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet (which is why is may read more disjointed than other psalms)
Using the BITE of repetition to let the psalm really sink in
My desire to seek God’s face before I seek His hand
Story behind the song “God Only Knows” by For King & Country – YouTube Video
This Week’s Challenge
Read Psalm 25 repeatedly this week. Then take the time to INTERACT with Psalm 25. Mark all of the references to God. Then make notes in a notebook or in the margins of what you learn about God through the words of this Psalm. Next, mark all of the verbs. Make a list of the “God verbs” in one column and a list of the “Me verbs” in another. Observe through this exercise all that God takes on Himself while our role is merely to trust, wait, fear, abide, take refuge, and keep His covenant.
There’s a level of devotion that I see in a young Moabite woman in the Old Testament that I want to emulate. Sarah Reeves’ song “Just Want You” led me to the book of Ruth this week where I was moved by the characteristics of allegiance that I long to see in my own life toward my Savior.
You can’t emulate what you don’t understand, so let’s dive in together.
Mercy is one of those things that I want freely bestowed upon me, and yet I tend to be pretty stingy with mercy for others. God’s Word has wrecked me over the past few weeks as it relates to mercy. The Porter’s Gate Worship Project has a haunting ballad that has complemented my study as I worship with their song, “Have Mercy on Me.”
As we look intently into the mercy of God, may we better reflect it in our own lives.
Did you know that you could actually hear the best news ever, and it is for you, and you could miss it? It happens all the time. MercyMe sings of the “Best News Ever” and inspired me to head into Scripture to see what we can do to make sure we don’t miss out.
It’s a simple call from the mouth of Jesus. Have you responded?
God is our Defender. It is important to remember that the next time you feel the need to defend yourself. Psalm 18 says God’s gift of salvation to us is our shield. So why do I think my words are my shield? Or my silence? Or any effort on my part? Francesca Battistelli’s song “Defender” leads us to Scripture and to considering this and other characteristics of God.
I suppose the question is now, “What how will we respond in the future now that we know the truth?”
It’s important to stop and remember the Lord. I don’t do that nearly enough. I’m always on to the next thing. The people of God needed to do this as well. Instructions in this matter were even left for us to benefit from as well.
Join me in Deuteronomy as we take a moment to pause to remember what the Lord has taught us.
“Nobody loves me like you” is a simple phrase, but hold profound truth when we consider the love God has for us. We can never plumb the depths of God’s love, but it’s worth considering the details we can uncover in Scripture. Inspired by Chris Tomlin’s song, “Nobody Loves Me Like You,” we explore the example of love God has set for us.