my.daily.bread

Last night, I had dinner with my bride and some friends. I mentioned that I had begun blogging every weekday. One of my friends said, “wow that is a lot of work!” I was able to share with her why I made this commitment and I thought it would be a good idea to share with you as well. Consider this passage:

(Psalm 119:57-64)

57 You are my portion, O LORD;
I have promised to obey your words.

58 I have sought your face with all my heart;
be gracious to me according to your promise.

59 I have considered my ways
and have turned my steps to your statutes.

60 I will hasten and not delay
to obey your commands.

61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes,
I will not forget your law.

62 At midnight I rise to give you thanks
for your righteous laws.

63 I am a friend to all who fear you,
to all who follow your precepts.

64 The earth is filled with your love, O LORD;
teach me your decrees.

As I read that passage, my heart cries, “Yes, Lord, yes!” Yet, I know that the passion for God’s Word described therein is hardly the condition of my heart. Don’t get me wrong, I love God so much, and He teaches me, constantly, how to be holy (1 Peter 1:13-16). I do not lack a passion for God. I will do “anything” (I hope) to serve Him. But……

I’ve been lazy in my meditation on His word. As a pastor, it is very tempting to allow the sermon preparation time to take the place of prayerful meditation on His word. There is a lot of spiritual value that I get from preparing to preach, and I grow with Him as I do. But, I’ve come to realize that, for me, this is not a fitting offering. I must admit that His Word has not been my passion for a long time. I love His Word, but I’ve allowed the urgency of  “the task” to make my time with His Word task-driven – mediocre.

This – must – change.

So, I’ve committed to blogging every weekday, with the specific intention of exposing how my meditation on the Word of the Lord transforms me. I need this time, everyday. So this is my offering.

How does your passion for God’s Word measure up to the passage above? How are you exercising that passion?

10 thoughts on “my.daily.bread”

  1. Blogging is something that I’ve committed to as well. I too fell into the trap of reading for info. I was beginning to know of God and not know Him like I should. Writing blogs has helped me know Him more.

    Mediocre is a strong word that has been resonating in my mind. I recently read Radical and all I can think of is not being mediocre.

    1. interesting… mediocre has been my favorite word for a few days now… not sure if I heard it recently or just seemed like the right word for during a conversation… I’ve not read Radical, but I’ll google it now that you mention it.

  2. That temptation to do enough to get by is never more insidious than when applied to pastoral teaching and Bible study. It doesn’t produce the best God has! I’m with you. This is part of why I continue blogging because I stay continually connected to His word in a different way and get the charge and benefit of community in the mix. It’s powerful and I’m very thankful for it.

    Great thoughts, Herb. Thank you.

  3. Hey Herb, thanks for being a Facebook follower of my blog! I hope you like it. I want to encourage you in making blogging a discipline. I’ve found it very theraputic to do with a set schedule of three times a week. Oh, and I totally know what you mean about letting sermon prep replace personal Bible study. Totally guilty here.

  4. It takes a humble man to be honest like this. I appreciate it. And you echo my thoughts exactly as to why I started blogging. Except I’m not a pastor. Just a normal guy who discovers God when he starts writing. 🙂

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