7.30.2008

Word Wednesday .::4

Word Wednesday is posted every Wednesday. Each week I post a scripture that I've read that week that has spoken to me in a fresh way. I believe that if we read God's Word every day, He will give us at least one scripture every week that will impact us. My hope is to see others comment and share a scripture that they have read.

This week a passage stuck out to me and challenged me. Here it is:

Psalm 109:1-4 (ESV)

1 Be not silent, O God of my praise!
2 For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me, speaking against me with lying tongues.
3
They encircle me with words of hate, and attack me without cause.
4
In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer.

I don't feel like I have a bunch of enemies or people accusing me of stuff, I have in the past, and it sucks. It's tough, and honestly, I have handled those situations sometimes good, and sometimes not so good. Verse 4 says, "...but I give myself to prayer." Wow... that really hit me. The Bible is the greatest source of truth we have. It just exudes statements of truth like this one. The times that I have had to deal with attacks or accusations always have hinged on whether or not I have given myself to prayer in those situations. In other versions, it translates to even pray for the accusers and persecutors. That's tough and very unnatural for me. It really takes a holy desire to get to that point, and the only way to get there is through prayer. For most of my life, I was taught to read the Bible, read the Bible, evangelize, go to church, and read the Bible. I was taught this by people of great intentions, but they missed and I missed a very key ingredient: prayer. Once I finally started an open and honest communication with God, I really started growing closer to His will. It's funny how our reactions change in a holy way when we just pause...selah...and ask God. My life's regrets and guilts minimize with prayer.

What's your Word?

1 comment:

Matt W. said...

I don't have a single specific Verse or passage this week, but I did just finish reading Ezra this morning, and it really strikes me how much this book is about Repentance and Restoration. The people really were getting back to God, and to His plan, and turning away from their sin. In fact, what they are giving up in this book in order to do the will of God is simply staggering.