Psalm 148, Isaiah 62, Hebrews 5:7 – 6:8
I am just a jumble of thoughts this morning. Sometimes it’s hard, even at 5 AM, or especially at 5 AM, to get my mind to settle and to be able to hear what God is saying.
Psalm 148 — Everything praises God. The list is pretty comprehensive — sun, moon stars, fire, hail, snow, mist, stormy weather, mountains, hill, trees, beasts, livestock, kings, all people, young men and maidens, old men and children. I need to praise God today.
Isaiah 62 — The verses that jumped out at me were 4 and 5 —
4 You shall no more be termed Forsaken, (Azubah)
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, (Shemamah)
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, (Hephzibah)
and your land Married; (Beulah)
for the LORD delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
5For as a young man marries a young woman,
so shall your sons marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you.
I must give these verses further thought and closer evaluation. What does it mean for a land to be married?
Hebrews 5:7 – 6:8 — I underlined two verses to go back over and think on.
5:8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.
This is a rather mind-boggling thought — that Jesus learned obedience. He was God! He shouldn’t have to learn anything — and yet He did, and He did it through suffering. What does this mean for me?
5:14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
My powers of discernment are trained by constant practice. Am I practicing discernment?
All these thoughts jumbled in my head as I attempted to pray. “Lord!” I cried. “I don’t know how to pray this morning!” And almost immediately, the thoughts of an old song came to my mind. From Godspell‘s “Day by Day” —
Oh Dear Lord
Three things I pray
To see thee more clearly
Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly
Day by day
That rather simplifies it, doesn’t it?
Oh, dear Lord, I do pray to see You more clearly. I do long to love You more dearly. Help me, please, to follow You more nearly. This day I pray.