S (Scripture): Psalm 94
16 Who will stand up for me against the wicked?
Who will help me against evildoers?
17 If the Lord hadn’t helped me,
I would live instantly in total silence.
18 Whenever I feel my foot slipping,
your faithful love steadies me, Lord.
19 When my anxieties multiply,
your comforting calms me down.
O (Observation): A steady and reliable God is mentioned in today’s psalm, a sure and true presence in times of calm and in times of trouble.
God’s faithful love steadies the psalmist, and all of God’s people, and comforts them in times of trouble.
A (Application): Today’s application is more of an exercise than a written devotion.
Take a deep breat in. Hold for 3 seconds. Breathe out for 3 seconds.
Repeat this several times until you’ve reached a peaceful state.
Read the psalm text above. Let your mind focus on a phrase or even just a word. Repeat this phrase or word slowly, several times, in your mind.
What is God speaking to you through this phrase/word today? Is God addressing a difficulty in your life? Or a joy in your life?
Give thanks to God for being present with you. Seek God’s guidance and lift up any concerns you might have for yourself and others.
When you are done meditating on this phrase/word, and you are done giving thanks and lifting concerns, repeat the breathing exercise above.
Be still for 5 minutes. Concentrate on your breathing. Slow. Steady.
Now, with God’s peace, set forth into the glory known as “this day”!
P (Prayer): Lord, we are thankful for your presence. Give us strength and courage to trust in you. Amen.