Happy Sunday, friends! As I type this, I am waiting on my husband to return home with a shop-vac that some friends are allowing us to borrow. Why, you ask? There is a small toy stuck in the drain of our bathtub. The water will not drain. Like, AT ALL. This week’s devotional was going to be centered on obedience, but when this happened I realized that I wouldn’t have time to finish that post for this evening. I was going to forego a #sundaynightstarter altogether but instead decided to sit down and start typing.
You know what came to mind? Psalm 23. Not because I am walking through a dark valley, but because a few days ago I finished a book called “Goliath Must Go” by Louie Giglio. In it, he challenges his readers to read Psalm 23 as the first and last thing they do each day, for 40 days. By God’s grace alone, I have stuck to that challenge. I am only a few days in, but dang it’s amazing to me the fruit already. Seriously.
I truly believe that part of the reason I was able to remain uncharacteristically calm with this small plumbing issue is that the Word of God has been sinking deeper and deeper into my heart each day. It never occurred to me to read the same thing repeatedly for an extended period of time, but it has already had a remarkable impact on my heart and so I would love to extend the same challenge to you this week.
Would you join me in making your first and your last priority of each day reading a passage of scripture? Prior to this, the first and last thing I looked at was my phone, #letsbehonest. Now, it’s still my phone but it’s the lock screen with Psalm 23 typed out in its entirety. I read it out loud before doing anything else. The Bible says that God’s Word does not return void (Isaiah 55:11) and that it is living and active (Hebrews 4:12-13). Let’s walk in faith this week, trusting that this is true, immersing ourselves in the Word, and waiting with eager anticipation to see what fruit God will produce in our lives from the simple obedience of being in the Word. Love to you, friends!
Psalm 23 (NIV)
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Would you like a lock screen for this verse? Head over to Instagram for a couple of different options! If you are using a different scripture for this challenge, you can make your own lock screen using Canva! It’s FREE and you can find directions here.