Last week, I was well into my 60 minutes of elliptical machine, huffing and puffing; one TV show was over and another started as I headed to the weights to start my arm workout. There was a guest talking about the Psalm 119 Strategy and it intrigued me so I kept sneaking peaks at the show as I crunched my way through all the abdominal work. When I was finished, I lay on the floor and stretched, one ear listening and very attentive to the ideas that this man was sharing with the audience that day.
It was simple – Psalm 119 is divided into 22 sections (each section starts with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet) and each section has eight verses. So, the challenge was to read one section a day for 22 days. Short and sweet. Measurable, attainable, no excuses. Just do it.
I don’t know why it hit me so hard – perhaps it was guilt – but I decided that this was something that I wanted to do.
Don’t get me wrong. I love reading the Bible. For the past month, I have been reading through all my journals that I have kept for the past 25 years and I can clearly see that there have been countless times of truly basking in the Word of God. Without a doubt, His Word has anchored me to truth as I experienced painful seasons in my life. His Word has taught me about true joy and marvelous hope. His Word has thrilled me, rebuked me, sustained me, and delighted me. His Word has challenged me to life application and worked within me towards deep, authentic change. I can say without hesitation that I can not and do not want to live without God and His Word.
However, daily reading programs and 40 Day reading adventures at church have never been my forté. When I get up in the morning, I start my engine and I’m off into my day. I have always struggled with intentionally making and taking time to meet with Jesus in a disciplined way.
I shot an email off to my young mom friend and asked her if she would be willing to go on this little 22 – day adventure with me. She agreed and between taking care of two children on her end and writing a book on my end, we are going through Psalm 119 together. Another friend has joined in now so the three of us email each other throughout the day with our observations and thoughts about what we are reading. Simple.
It’s only been two days but so far…so very, very good.
Psalm 119: 16 I delight in Your decrees; I will not neglect Your word.