Do you know Christ intimately? Do you spend long moments in conversation with Him? Do you abide in Him? Do you long to know Him more?
Are you struggling with how to develop a closer relationship with God?
Can I share with you one simple thing that I’ve found helpful?
My morning conversation begins with asking God to open my heart to hear from Him as I read His Word and to see something about His character that He wants me to cherish. Each day I slowly walk through one Psalm. I work my way through the book and when I reach the final Psalm, I start over again. This takes me on a journey completely through the Psalms two times every year before starting my third time through (there are 150 Psalms).
As I read today’s Psalm this is what it looked like:
[box]The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. Our God comes; he does not keep silence; before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest. . . . (Psalm 50:1–3)[/box]
The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge! Selah
Before completing the Psalm, I pause to take a “selah” and worship God as the Mighty One, not only the Lord of the universe, but Lord of my heart. I thank Him for being mighty enough to keep my little planet in orbit, while also being concerned to tenderly call me to meet with Him in the early morning hours. I reverently consider the fact that He is no timid God, but One who displays His holiness and power in the most unsettling ways.
This Psalm goes into great detail describing God’s disposition toward those who attempt to approach Him on their own terms and through an insufficient sacrifice. But for those who’ve entered into covenant with Him through the sacrifice that pleases Him, they will be accepted, they will receive His salvation!
Matthew Henry provides this insight on Psalm 50:
“Happy are those who come into the covenant of grace, by faith in the Redeemer’s atoning sacrifice, and show the sincerity of their love by fruits of righteousness. When God rejects the services of those who rest in outside performances, he will graciously accept those who seek him aright. It is only by sacrifice, by Christ, the great Sacrifice, from whom the sacrifices of the law derived what value they had, that we can be accepted of God. True and righteous are his judgments; even sinners’ own consciences will be forced to acknowledge the righteousness of God.”
One of my takeaways from this Psalm is gratitude for grace. Throughout the day, I reflect on and worship the Almighty God who provided the great Sacrifice, the Lamb of God who took away my sin and provides me with His righteousness.
I’m mindful that there is a coming judgment, but my safety is secured by Christ.
This is how I begin my mornings, and is just one thing that helps me draw near to God. It allows me to take that character trait of God that I see in that day’s Psalm with me throughout the activities of my day. After meditating on that day’s Psalm, I spend time in Bible study (a particular book or topic).
If you’ve not done this before, I encourage you to use the book of Psalms as the pathway to God’s heart. Look for “who He is” in this precious book and begin your day in worshiping Him for specific aspects of His character that you can cherish.
What are some things you’ve found helpful in your pursuit of God?
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