Instagram Jesus Week 2: Devotional Day 4
DAY 4 – Thursday Daily devotional
How does meditating on the Word protect our joy?
My new year’s resolution last year was to read the Bible in One Year, using an App produced by Alpha with daily passages and commentary. I highly recommend downloading it if you are looking to get into the daily discipline of reading the Bible. (bibleinoneyear.org) I’m repeating the same resolution two years in a row because this worked so well for me to read and apply Scripture on a daily basis! You can download it from bibleinoneyear.org.
Psalm 1 says we are blessed when we meditate and delight in the Word. When we spend time reading God’s Word, praying to him, worshipping him, cultivating our relationship with him we become like a tree planted by streams of water, which produces fruit and prospers. This is a promise we can claim. We will “yield fruit in season” when we take delight in the Lord.
There are so many verses about taking delight in the Lord. I encourage you to do a word study on this! One that is very near and dear to me is Psalm 37:4, which we have on our wedding rings. It says, “delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart”. When we seek God he shapes our desires to be his, and in time, gives us those desires. So when we delight in the Lord he both increases our desire for joy, and he gives us that joy.
Spend a moment today praying for our whole church body to develop the daily discipline of being in the Word, and consider if there’s a friend you could encourage to read it with you. Perhaps you could both commit to reading the Bible in One Year and discussing what Jesus is doing in your hearts as you read.