Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:10
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
Reading & Devotional:
Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Praise the Lord, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
Praise the Lord, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, my soul.
Psalm 103 is a song outlining the character of God. In this song, we see that God is worthy of praise, holy, forgiving, healing, redeeming, loving, compassionate, giving, good, just, righteous, gracious, patient, merciful, eternal, sovereign, and active in His creation. Wow! This is quite a list. This list is not conclusive, but it gives us a snapshot of the character of God. As image-bearers of God, we were created to reflect His character in His world. Like the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31, we are to be people of godly character.
We are told in Romans 8 that we (believers) are being conformed to the likeness of God’s Son. Each day the Holy Spirit is working inside of us to transform us so that we look more like Jesus. This is not an external transformation but an internal change of heart. As we grow in our relationship with Jesus, we should begin to reflect His character in our lives. Paul identifies some of these characteristics in Galatians 5 and then in Colossians 3. The short list in Colossians 3 includes, compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. According to God’s Word, character matters! It is a critical part of our testimony. There needs to be congruency in the message we proclaim and the life that we live.
Questions to Ponder:
What do you think when you meditate on the character of God? As God’s image-bearer, do you accurately reflect God’s character? When you study the Fruit of the Spirit, how would you evaluate your own spiritual growth? Are you becoming more and more like Jesus? Why does character matter?
Father of Kindness, I praise You for Your Spirit that lives within me. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit that reminds me of Your truth, revives my heart, strengthens me, and leads me into the paths of righteousness. Father, I ask that You enable me and Your church to love Your Word and that we would read and mediate on it every day. Help us to protect our alone time with You. Transform us by the renewing of our mind. Cause us to sine brightly for You God. I ask all of this in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Here is a simple easy to remember method for praying for those around you, even if you don’t know their specific needs. The five requests are based on the word “B-L-E-S-S”.
B – Body – For health, safety, and physical needs.
L – Labors – For the success and prospering of their work and/or studies (Jeremiah 29:7).
E – Emotions – For peace and joy to replace fear and anxiety (Matthew 10:13).
S – Social life – For family’s to function well together in their community.
S – Salvation – For each to understand salvation in Jesus Christ, and come to know Him personally and grow in their spiritual lives.
The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.