Be good to your servant,Psalm 119:17-19
that I may live and obey your word.
Open my eyes to see
the wonderful truths in your instructions.
I have been thinking about how I read the scriptures. Not just processing words on a page for comprehension, but everything that goes into my interface, how I engage, how I interact with God’s word.
This is not new for me, but it came back to the front of my attention Sunday morning, when pastor Mac took a moment to remind us how important the “prayer for illumination” is in our liturgy.
We pause, we step away for a moment, we think about what we are about to do, and we ask God to be present, to reveal something, to teach us, and to grant us insight.
Not just reading the words of the Bible, but engaging with the gospel message – as well as priming the heart we bring to listening when the preacher brings “a good word” from God.
I immediately thought about what I am doing with my parents each evening before I get dad settled down for the night. I have been reading aloud from a chapter in Reaching Toward Easter. Mum and dad may have purchased their copy several years ago, but now the guy who wrote the book is sitting in the living room reading.
This is one of the reasons I believe it is so critically important that we pray before we read: It is God’s “Good Book”, and it makes sense to read the scriptures in the context of the relationship.
Praying before I read, meditating, and intentionally opening a space in which to receive God’s gifts.
Your word is a lamp to guide my feetPsalm 119:105
and a light for my path.
You know – and this just came into my mind – that level of illumination is something that could benefit every aspect of our living, including our Monday mornings!
“Inspire us, we pray; challenge us, feed us, and equip us to live – both in your light and in your truth. Amen.”