Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11 - Seven Times a Day

Today's Reading:
Psalm 119:161-168
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Psalm 119:161-168
161 Rulers persecute me without cause,
    but my heart trembles at your word.
162 I rejoice in your promise
    like one who finds great spoil.
163 I hate and detest falsehood
    but I love your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise you
    for your righteous laws.
165 Great peace have those who love your law,
    and nothing can make them stumble.
166 I wait for your salvation, Lord,
    and I follow your commands.
167 I obey your statutes,
    for I love them greatly.
168 I obey your precepts and your statutes,
    for all my ways are known to you.

Response and Action:
How often do you turn your attention to Scripture and praise God for the blessing it is? Most of us would feel pretty good about seven times a week, but he psalmist says "seven times a day." Here are seven simple ideas that could help you weave Scripture into your day.

1. Follow the Useful Breath schedule and commit to reading each morning (plan).
2. After reading, copy a verse from your reading into a personal journal (focus).
3. Write a sentence that explains why that verse caught your attention (insight).
4. Think of a way that insight can shape your thoughts and actions (response).
5. Talk about what you read with a friend (share).
6. At the end of the day, read your journal entry again while reviewing your day (reflect).
7. Before going to bed, talk to God about how that day's Scripture has challenged or blessed you (pray).

The Useful Breath reading schedule for 2015-16 starts up on Sunday, September 13th.
Click Here to view, print, or download the new 2015-2016 Schedule as a pdf document.

Today through September 12, I will be posting meditations from Psalm 119 that remind us of the ways Scripture shapes and informs the believer's life.

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