"Holy Holy Holy is the Lord almighty ;
the whole earth is full of his glory"
1 I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. 2 Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. 3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit.
4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. 5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.”
Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?”
3 But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?”
4 Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.”
5 The Lord answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 And he called the place Massah[a] and Meribah[b] because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
DWELLING IN GOD'S WORD
Read again, the above verses, perhaps out loud … how has God's word moved you? Ponder and meditate what has connected with your heart or mind …pray to God what it is that has moved you today .... turn your thoughts to God and quietly enjoy being with him.
Perhaps you will find the following helpful as you dwell in God's Word today.
Meditation Questions for Experiencing God Through His Word
1. What does this text tell me about God?
What does it reveal about him? I want to see God through this truth.
2. How can I praise him on the basis of this verse?
What does this verse tell me that helps me adore him?
3. How can I humble myself before him through this verse?
What does it show me about me? What kind of sin do I need to confess?
4. If God is really like this, what difference does this particular truth make to how I live today?
Imagine you’re doing this in the morning. If he’s really like this, what difference will this make as to how I live today? What’s coming up in my day? Who am I going to see? What am I going to be doing? If I hold this in front of me all day, what difference would it make?
5. What wrong behavior, what harmful emotions, and what false attitudes result in me when I forget he is like this?
6. How would my neighborhood, my family, my church, and my friends be different if they understand this?
How would it change the corporate bodies I’m in if this was really understood and practiced?
7. Does my life demonstrate I’m remembering and living out of this all the day?
8. “Lord, what are you trying to tell me about you, and why do you want me to know it now?”
Keller, T. J. (2013). The Timothy Keller Sermon Archive. New York City: Redeemer Presbyterian Church.