Lenten Devotional 2021 - Day Twenty-Three
SPECIAL NOTE: Our focal text for Week Five is Psalm 19. This week, along with our usual immersive practices of reading, reciting, and meditating on God’s word, I invite you to still yourself, and embrace the serenity of silence… the peace of quietness. For in so doing, the hope of my heart is that you will be blessed.
As I listened and meditated on the words of Psalm 19, beautiful images began unfolding in my mind’s eye. First, there was the clear crisp blue sky of morning, followed by the deep rich star speckled heavens of night. These two slow moving images of day and night continued gently revolving in my mind as I remained focused on these first few verses. Together they cradled my mind, carrying me to a place of gentle peace, a place of quiet serenity. For the first time, in a long time, I experienced a sustained selah.
David was right about the outpouring of speech by the day to day and the knowledge revealed by the nights. If we would only quiet ourselves and tune our ears to hear the voice of God speaking through nature… given to God’s creation, perhaps we would discover that the answers and insights we have been seeking are much harder to hear in the hustle and bustle of life as we have been living it. That which we earnestly need to know… need to understand can best be realized in the silence… in the selah moments.
Let Us silence ourselves, and enter that place of gentle peace, of quiet rest with the Lord. Let Us shift our focus from the busyness of life, with all its dictates, to a healthier way of living, one of simply abiding in the Lord. Selah.