December 6th – The GPS

Psalm 119:10-16

10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.
     11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lordteach me your decrees.
     13 With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.
     15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.

If you are heading off on a journey, you need some kind of guidance…some direction. Melchior and his fellow wise men had a star to follow. Most people today use their smartphones to tell them where to go. When it comes to the journey of life, however, Siri or Google are not going to give you the guidance you need (although you might be surprised by the answer you hear if you ask “Ok Google…how do I get to heaven?” Seriously, try it.) We know that the real guidance we need for life is found in one place–the Scripture alone. The Scripture show us the way to heaven (through faith in Jesus Christ) and shows us the way to live for Christ who redeemed us. If we are seeking guidance in life, we can do nothing better than follow the example of the psalmist who wrote the words of today’s reading and “hide God’s Word in our heart.” We do this by reading and hearing his Word so often that it becomes a part of us. We are unable to receive the benefit of the guidance the Scriptures provide if we do not know what they say. When we do meditate on the Scriptures and take them to heart, we find that we are wandering less through the life and walking the path that God has marked out for us.

For meditation:

In what ways have I neglected the Word of God? What steps can I take so that his Word is hidden in my heart?

Prayer:

Dear Lord,

Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Help me to grow in my love for the Scriptures and desire to make the Word a part of my life.

Amen.