Saturday, July 20, 2013

When The Word Comes to Life

Two weeks ago Pastor Doug taught about incorporating the scripture into your prayers -- read the scripture back as a prayer, inserting yourself.  Interesting concept but I didn't know if it was something that fit my style.  Then the very next day, my I Am Second devotion brought the scripture to life.

Psalm 116: 1-6

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
  he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,

  I will call on him as long as I live.
The cords of death entangled me,
   the anguish of the grave came over me;
   I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
   Lord, save me!
The Lord is gracious and righteous;
   our God is full of compassion.
The Lord protects the unwary;
   when I was brought low, he saved me.
 
Psalm 116: 1-6, The Kelly Version
 
I love the Lord, because he hears my words and thoughts;
  he hears me when I am alone, depleted, overwhelmed, and exhausted.
Because he chose to pay attention to even me, just 1 in 6 billion people,
  I will seek his guidance for the rest of my life.
The pain and hardships of this life have smothered me,
  My very being was unrecognizable;
  I felt like I couldn't handle anything else.
Then I remembered who was really in control,
  I finally asked God to sustain me.
The Lord is loving and constant;
  He doesn't abandon anyone.
God is with me in every circumstance I face;
  when I was at my lowest, he led me back.
 
This is the Living Word -- when you read the scripture and it resonates with your inner thoughts and stirs inside you.  It's the Holy Spirit working inside of you to deliver the message you need to hear, whether for comfort, correction, or vision.  It's that invisible force that leaves you feeling uneasy, in a good way. 
 
Does the Holy Spirit move in you also?  Are you willing to listen?
 

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