August 22nd, 2010

ruth 2

O Israel, hope in the LORD

Today in church, we studied one of the Songs of Ascents, Psalm 131, and learned about pride/trust.

What struck me most was the pastor's statement that proper humility does not come from an effort to be more humble, but in trusting God. When we re-orient ourselves to look to God instead of ourselves, our hearts will be more at peace, quiet, and still. David said that he does not "concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me." He leaves these issues in God's hands and rests as a child in the care of his Father. "Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother" This is the beautiful picture of trust that we see in Jesus in Psalm 22: "All who see me mock me...'He trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him...[also Mt 27:43]' Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother's breast."

Also, in our seminar time, we were able to hear from some Christians who offered their reflections and advice regarding quiet time with God. In talking about identity, one of them said something like this, "If it can be taken away, it isn't who you are." Wow, what an eye-opening statement! I am not [an information professional]. I am not [a CW op]. I am not [a sailor]. I am a child of God. Nobody can take that away from me.

Galatians 3:26 - "You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus..."
Future Glory, Palm, Rejoice, Peace with God, Revelation

Words on my heart

Today I spent some time on Scripture memorization. I reviewed the few passages that I had memorized and began the process of committing some new passages to memory. All of these need practice (some more so than others), but they're slowly being written onto the tablet of my heart (Prov 3:3), praise God.

Psalm 1
Psalm 22
Psalm 23
Psalm 27
Psalm 131

John 1:1-5
Romans 8:34-36
Revelation 2:9-11

Jonah 1

I was surprised and thankful that memorizing Jonah chapter 1 was not as hard as I feared. I'm excited to memorize the whole book - only 3 chapters to go! :)

Whenever I think about Bible memorization, I think of Fahrenheit 451. Does anybody remember the "books" mentioned at the very end? I won't say any more, lest I spoil the story for somebody.