It's Monday. For many, the typical reaction to a Monday is something akin to needing a weekend to recoup from the weekend. Which somewhat plays into the hands of the sermon yesterday: being revived and reverent in our lives. As we look to the Lord for rest, we should also be looking to be revived and ready to worship His name in all situations throughout our day.
The Word is the best source for our encouragement in this endeavor. As a matter of fact, Psalm 119 in all of it's lengthy glory teaches us over and over again the absolute treasure the Word of God can be in our lives. As we apply the Word (and all the majesty contained therein) we should be brought to a place that helps us to have a more coherent understanding of who God is, what His holiness means in our lives, and the mystery of Christ within us. Psalm 119:38 says, "Establish Your word to Your servant, As that which produces reverence for You." Here the psalmist calls to the Lord, who gives good things, and asks Him to establish the Word of God in his life so that no matter where that might lead, it will always produce reverence for God. Again, there is something overtly comforting and secure when God establishes something, isn't there?
This isn't always easy. Sometimes it requires a fresh look at scripture, or an honest look at our opinion as it relates to how we have interpreted things for years. It might require effort and work on our part, but a better understanding of the Lord is worth the effort and hopefully should lead to a renewed sense of spiritual vision in our lives.
We would also do well to remember the quote we closed the service with from Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” His yoke (His instrument to direct us to do the work He wants) is easy. His burden (the weight of faith, hope, love, grace, mercy, etc) is light. As we come to grips with these two things, it will serve us well to be revived by His Word regularly and often.
Questions for you:
1) What can you think of that regularly drains you physically and emotionally, or even perhaps spiritually? Is any of it "unnecessary," as in it is unimportant and/or shouldn't have the impact that it is having on you? Is there any scripture that you can find that speaks directly into that given situation?
2) What can you do today to be revived through the Word? Is there anything you can do to your quiet time to better balance the pragmatics of getting it done with the emotional connection/inspiration that should be taking place as you meet with the Father?
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