Take Time to Reflect

Sometimes we simply need to take time out from life and spend a few quiet moments before the Lord, meditating on his Word and remembering His promises. On Tuesday, Carey led us through the following time of reflection. If you were not able to join us, I hope you will take the time to read the following verses, listen to the words of the songs and spend a few quiet moments alone with God.

river-142311_1280Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, And lead me along the path of everlasting life.  Psalm 139: 23-24

1. Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. What is the state of your heart today? Is there anything that is causing anxiety? Can you lay it down and let God have it this morning? [Read and reflect on the following verses.]

Psalm 31:7-8 I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul. You have not handed me over to my enemies but have set me in a safe place.

Psalm 34:17-18 The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

Psalm 37:23-24 The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.

[Listen to the words of this song.]  

2.  Point out anything in me that offends you.  Do you have un-confessed sin in your heart this morning? Ask God to reveal it. [Read and reflect on the following verses.]

Psalm 15:1-3 Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends.

Psalm 19:12-14 How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 32:5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

[Listen to the words of this song.] 

3. And lead me along the path of everlasting life.  Is there something you can do today to move forward on the path of everlasting life? Is God asking something of you that you need to respond to? [Read and reflect on the following verses.]

Psalm 1:1-3 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.

Psalm 32:8-9, 11 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”…So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!

Psalm 90: 14, 16-17 Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives…Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory. And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!

[Listen to the words of this song.]  

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