Journal Ps 144-146 (all references are from the ESV; changes in punctuation are mine)
Scripture: “One generation shall commend your works to another and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds and I will declare your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.” Ps 145:4-7
Observation: Part of the Gospel shown right here, and the part that has fallen out of favor with his followers…
Analysis: I note that it is a struggle to absorb myself with “commending his works and declaring his mighty acts.”
I don’t tend to think about my life in Christ except from the binary “us verses them” point of view. Candidly, I succumb to the “what have you done for me today?” frame of mind.
I think it is a measure of my gratefulness—of which is limited at best.
- Do I think about times where God has supernaturally intervened to save my life from traffic?
- About where He has saved me financially in a time of what I thought was severe need?
- I had a divorce: Do I remember and savor those times where He delivered my family? And now, decades later, where His hand is seen influencing the growth of the children?
- Do I see the stars and sky and really reflect: “Whom am I that you would have consideration for me?”
Whatever the works, ways, acts of the Triune God in my life, do I recognize them, remember them, and commend them to other generations? Do I declare His Majesty as a reflex, something that is on the tip of my tongue every day?
Often, I reflect on his love and mercy shown me—but I don’t go much further than that. Somehow, that translates that my objective doesn’t go much past the mirror.
Prayer: Lord, journaling is such an exercise. Let those who read these be aware of your whisper.