Lesson 44: It’s Personal
Lesson 44, Devotion 1
“He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” - Psalm 1:3
What is your favorite movie to talk about with your friends? People love to share movie quotes, don't they? If you've ever been in a circle of friends who all love a certain movie and quote it all the time, you learn pretty quickly the important quotes to share. In fact, you may go home and watch the movie again just to make sure you know what everyone's talking about. I bet you didn't realize it, but memorizing these quotes actually shapes you and your worldview.
In your Bible study time this week, you may have talked about how a friendship with God will actually begin to transform you into His likeness. With that in mind, spend a couple of minutes and read Psalm 1.
What are some scriptures that you meditate on? God's word is the Christ-followers "movie" of choice. It is the quotes that God uses to mold and shape us. But what is even more amazing is that God's Word has the power to transform us, to build us up and make us strong, and to grow good fruit
Think about this:
Are there quotes and ideas that you think about, or meditate on, that may be harming your friendship with God?
How can you plant yourself by the stream of God’s water? Where can you make time to connect with God today?
How have you seen God grow good fruit in your life? When are the times you have seen the most growth?
Lesson 44, Devotion 2
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” - Psalm 46:10
It seems that every day we are so consumed with life that we have no time to actually be quiet, to be still. Give yourself five minutes and meditate on this verse. Seriously. Say it over and over. After five minutes write down how the idea communicated by this verse might shape your life today. You can use your own journal or a note-taking app.
Lesson 44, Devotion 3
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” - Psalm 19:1
It’s easy to treat God like a genie. Even though we know that God is so much more than that, it’s easy for most of our prayers to simply be about asking God for help when we find ourselves in trouble.
The good news is that us asking God for help highlights the fact that we actually need God and that He is someone who can help us. However, as we build a friendship with God, we want to transition our prayers from simply asking for things, but to also affirming God's goodness.
Read Psalm 19. David affirms God creative and mighty power as seen in Creation. Remember the last time you were outside on a starry night, or along a river's edge, or at the beach? God made those things, and that beauty reflects the character of God.
The more we love and trust God’s character, the easier it will be to embrace his laws.
After David's poetic affirmation of God and his glory, he naturally transitions into a reflection on God's word. And we see four themes as David embraces God's word:
The Word of God is perfect and good for the soul. (vs 7-9)
The Word of God is of highest value. (vs 10-11)
The Word of God reveals our errors. (vs 12-13)
When the Word of God becomes our words, it is pleasing to God. (vs 14)
Think about this:
When have you been in awe of God’s glory through creation?
Why do you think David had such a high view of God’s word? How would you describe your view of God’s word?
How can verse 14 be true for you today?