Today’s reading: Psalm 119:1-176

Yesterday I blogged about the importance of having the habit of regularly and consistently communicating with God through prayer. Soon after waking this morning, thoughts of “regular” and “consistent” filled my mind again, only this time they applied to our need to foster the habit of regularly spending time in God’s Word. Why? Because when I made my way to the kitchen for breakfast, I was met with yet another day of negative and sensationalized news reports. Almost every headline in one of the national newspapers we receive conveyed a “glass half-empty” perspective or worse. It didn’t take long for my spirits to take a nosedive and my attitude to turn a bit grumpy. Thankfully I realized what was happening, and I knew exactly what I needed—God’s Word. I needed the comfort, peace, and encouragement I always experience when I slow down and spend time in it.

With the importance of regularly taking in God’s Word fresh on my mind, I turned to my Bible. Today I chose Psalm 119 because of how it tells us so much about God’s Word and reveals how vital it is for living. The verses below drew my attention for how they show us that God’s Word is truly life-giving and sustaining. I trust they will encourage you like they did me this morning.

  • “My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word” (vs. 25).
  • “My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word” (vs. 28).
  • “This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life” (vs. 50).
  • “Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant. Let your mercy come to me, that I may live; for your law is my delight” (vs. 76-77).
  • “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word” (vs. 114).
  • “I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words” (vs. 147).
  • “Great is your mercy, O LORD; give me life according to your rules” (vs. 156).
  • “Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble (vs. 165).

How is spending time in God’s Word helping you during this time of quarantine and isolation? Is there a particular passage or verse that you have found to be especially comforting or encouraging, and why? What is one benefit you’ve experienced from reading scripture early in the day? Tami

Source: Tami’s Blog