We are in the middle of remodeling our backyard. We started before COVID-19 was on our radar and certainly before we knew we would be quarantined. It's been rough not having a backyard and waking up to hammering; but we have a beautiful front yard. It's nice to come out front with a beach chair or lay down some towels and wave hello to our neighbors as they walk by.
2 Samuel 2:12-3:39
Today I opened up to the longest psalm there is: Psalm 119. We won't be done with this psalm until June 1! Not only is it the longest psalm, it's a little redundant about the same thing: the Word of God. But that's the power of God's Word. It's worth the longest psalm.
David, the psalmist, says in verse 16 "I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect Your Word." This is not the attitude of someone who is feeling guilty for not reading his Bible enough (I have often been that person). This is the attitude of someone who has just spent time meditating on His Word and remembering how beautiful, life-giving, and grounding it is (I know how that feels too).
I hadn't planned on starting another year of Bible reading until the other day when I impulsively recommitted all over again. When I did though I started looking back over my posts from the first year I did this and I remembered how wonderful that year was. Reading the Bible every day made it such a special year for me. I really can't emphasize it enough.
Later in Psalm 119 verse 105 David says "Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path." I was reminded of this verse a few nights ago. I was walking through the kitchen in the middle of the night to get a glass of water, I was half asleep and I didn't want to bother turning on the lights. Of course, this was a silly idea because apparently there was a stool randomly in the middle of the kitchen and I now have a big bruise on my shin. It's really silly to walk around in the dark, but that's what we do if we don't turn to Jesus. All I needed to do in that moment was turn on the light and I wouldn't have this bruise.
I think that's what drove me to start the Bible Diary again the other day. Life is full of uncertainty anyway but especially right now with everything going on in the world. We can easily get lost trying to figure out where to take the next step. The enemy wants us to be in the dark, but we have Light available to us. Turning to God's Word won't answer all our questions, but it will give us the peace we need to be okay with the unknown.
I know the illustration of walking around in the dark kitchen might be cheesy or seem over simplistic...but I actually think it's the perfect example. I don't feel guilty for having tried to walk in the dark, I just see now that it's far better to turn the light on. In the same way, I don't feel guilty for having not turned to the Bible every time I got lost or felt down, I just see now that it's far better to turn to Jesus.
"I delight in Your decrees
I will not neglect Your Word"
"Your Word is a lamp for me feet,
a light on my path"