Turning Your Bed Time into Worship Time

Daily Devotion|Day 266

“My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches” (Psalm 63:5-6, KJV).

Bed time should not always mean sleep time. Bed time should not mean television time or game time. You can turn bed time into worship time. Your bed is a special place. It is the place of rest and quietness. In a sense, bed time is sacred time. Quality bed time can enhance the overall quality of your life. Today, let’s talk about how you can use your bed time to greater advantage; specifically, how you can turn bed time into worship time. The Psalmist tells us how.

The Psalms are a great place to draw inspiration for simple, deep and authentic worship. In today’s passage, the Psalmist is speaking to God. He says, “I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.” Meditation is worship. You are at your best when you are quietYou are at your best when you are contemplating God. When you remember someone, it means the person is important to you. When the Psalmist says he remembers God upon his bed, he isn’t talking about fleeting thoughts. He is referring to a loving remembrance.

 Love triggers remembrance. You remember those you love. If you love God, it is natural to remember Him often, especially in your quiet moments. Moreover, remembrance triggers meditation. When you remember someone, you have the choice of ignoring the thought or holding it in your mind for as long as you can. This is especially true of those you love dearly. You will know how much you love God by how often you remember Him – how often He is present in your thoughts. The Psalmist used his bed time as occasions for worship. He did this by remembering God on his bed and meditating on Him in the night hours – when all was quiet.

Bed time worship of God produced results for the Psalmist. He says, “my soul shall be satisfied with marrow and fatness.” This means when he remembered God and meditated on Him, it nourished his soul as one is nourished by rich food. Next, the Psalmist says, “my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips.” When you worship God in remembrance and meditation, it excites your soul. The result is, joy and praise flow from your lips. This is devotion. This is worship.

Your soul is satisfied when you turn your mind to your Maker. Don’t starve your soul. Nourish it. Turn some of your bed time into worship time.

BlessingMay the peace of God guard your heart and mind. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

For further study: Psalm 63:1-11

Why A Christian Should Meditate

Daily Devotional: Day 221

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:1-3, NKJV).

Today’s Scripture reading is one of the richest passages in the writings of Paul. Writing to Christians in Colossae, he reminds them of their new creation status in Christ. Whoever is a new creation has died with Christ and is risen with Him. Being risen with Christ is a powerful reality. It literally means that the resurrection power at work in Christ is at work in you, too.

Based on this truth, Paul draws out practical implications for the believer. If you are risen with Christ, then henceforth you need to adjust your life accordingly. Especially, you need to turn your affections toward heaven where the risen Lord is seated.

Wherever Christ is, there your life is. Your life, Paul says, is hidden with Christ in God. This means there is only one way to find your life: by finding Christ. Do you see where this is going? It’s deep stuff, but the Holy Spirit will help you to grasp it. To find Christ, you need to shift your attention toward Him and maintain your focus on Him. Here is where meditation is vital.

Meditation directs your heart and mind to Jesus. To meditate, you need an object of focus. In this case, that object of focus is Christ. Therefore, Paul urges us to shift our mind from earthly desires (mainly lusts of the world which draw us away from God) and set it on things above, where Christ is seated in power. You, dear Christian, are from above; hence your desires must be oriented above. 

 Where your life is, there your attention needs to be.

Jesus Himself laid out an important principle in the Gospels, “For where your treasure isthere your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34). In this instance, Jesus is your treasure, and your life is hidden with Him. If you truly believe this, then you will set you heart on Him – through meditation.

Meditating means to dwell thoughtfully – in a relaxed manner – on a subject matter, a message, a person or an event, in quietness. In meditation, you take a calm, yet hard look at the state of your life and your relationship with God and everything around you.

Meditation is a form of prayer which mostly involves ponderinginternalizingquestioning and listening. You can meditate on any number of things. One thing you can do is focus on a particular passage, story, event or personality in the Bible as the Spirit leads you. Be open minded and relaxed. No need to stress yourself or be rigid.

Lack of meditation leads to spiritual stagnation.

But when you meditate, the Spirit of God will move you, open your eyes and lead you to discover the riches of Christ. This discovery will change you. Rightly does the Psalmist declare, “I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation” (Psalm 119:99). Additionally, meditation will help you to discover more about yourself. The more you understand Christ, the more you will understand yourself. Conversely, the less you understand Christ, the less you will understand yourself

Start meditating today. Find Christ, find your life. Amen. 

For further study: Joshua 1:1-9

2018 Daily Devotional: Day 1

What’s Your Greatest Desire?

“One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple (Psalm 27:4, NIV).”

You have a list of things you desire. But what is the one thing you desire the most? Think about this: What you desire the most says a lot about who you want to be and where you want to be. God wants you to desire him above all things. The quality of your relationship with God rests on how much you desire him – how much you long to be in his presence and gaze upon his beauty. The house of the LORD today is you. You are literally the temple of the LORD.

God is the essence of beauty, but you will not recognize his beauty until you desire to see it – until your desire to gaze on his beauty surpasses all your other desires. Train yourself to spend quiet moments with your heavenly Father. It’s in these moments that he reveals his beauty to you. It’s in these moments that he fills you with the spirit of wisdom and of revelation (Read Ephesians 1:17). God will reward you for making him the greatest desire of your heart. Remember this: Those who spend time gazing on the beauty of the LORD are transformed (the Greek means metamorphosed) from glory to glory (Read 2 Corinthians 3:18). Gaze on God’s beauty today and see your life change!

Prayer:

Father God, your beauty is the delight of my heart. Stir within me a strong desire to gaze on your beauty. As I am transformed from glory to glory, I make a conscious effort to influence the world with your Gospel. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Happy New Year!

Pastor Steve