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A 5-day devotional by Reg Awoliyi.  

Day 1 // Focusing on the Word 

Psalm 1:1-2

1 Blessed is the one

    who does not walk in step with the wicked

or stand in the way that sinners take

    or sit in the company of mockers,

2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,

    and who meditates on his law day and night.

 

Verse 1 talks about a person who is blessed, who is not surrounding themselves with negative influences and then verse 2 hits us.  The Psalmist here says that for a person to be blessed they are ‘delighted’in the Word of God.  God’s Word is seen as a law not to prevent us from having fun but rather to protect and keep us safe. 

 

When you have your time with God, do you rush into it - excited that soon you can get it over and done with or do you eagerly await the time you can come into God’s presence?  I’m inclined to think the Psalmist is not of the first train of thought.  The Psalmist allows God to be a part of their daily life, allowing all that they are to be consumed by His life-refreshing words.  Placing themselves in a position where they can infuse the words of God in their lives.  Constantly they are thinking about His words and how it can make a difference in their lives. 

 

Challenge yourself to keep scripture in your head, think about it, meditate on it, ponder it and allow God to speak to your very soul.

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Day 2 // Questions of the soul 

Psalm 24:8

Who is this King of glory?

The Lord strong and mighty,

The Lord mighty in battle.

 

Who is God in your life?  What does a relationship with God the Father mean to you?  What is your understanding of the nature of God?  What is your experience of God in your life?

 

When you answer these questions, you are able to see that God is perfect.  There are so many attributes to God, it’s amazing.  The English dictionary (or any other for that matter) doesn’t have enough words to describe the nature of God.  It’s for that reason He is mighty and strong.  How cool is it that the God that you serve is the same God that hasn’t changed in all of history and so if David knew Him as strong, you too can witness Him as strong.  Things don’t always happen the way we expect them to and in times like this it’s an opportunity for us to allow God to be strong and mighty, for Him to fight on our behalf. 

 

When you allow God to fight your battles for you, you are declaring a dependency on Him that is healthy, you are saying to Him that He is in control and that He is God and that you are not. 

 

Write down the things you know God to be, not from what you’ve heard about Him, but from what you personally know, after that thank Him for being those things to you so far!

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Day 3 // Tell the world 

Psalm 9:1

I will praise You,O Lord, with my whole heart;

I will tell of all Your marvellous works.

 

When you think of the word praise what thoughts go through your mind?  When I think of the word praise, I think of showering someone with appreciation and gratitude.  A sense of respect and admiration for something that the person has done. 

 

Sometimes we can get caught up in our own thinking and we don’t give God the right kind of praise, it’s halfhearted and not meaningful.  In the passage above, the description we get is a wholehearted praise, not a mediocre one.  David declares that he will praise God.  Despite his feelings and situation, he understands that God is worthy to be praised.  It can be easy for us to switch off and focus on ourselves, but when we choose to engage with God, we take our minds off ourselves and onto the one who deserves our praise. 

 

Have you ever heard the song ‘With Everything’by Hillsong?  See how the resolve to praise God and give Him everything is within the band and everyone in the arena!

 

Once again, we see the resolve of David, not only will he praise God, but he will tell everyone he comes into contact with about the goodness of God.  One of the reasons why God blesses us is not so that we can solely profit from it, but rather that we can be a blessing unto our community. 

 

Tell a friend something that you are happy God has done for you this week!

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Day 4 // Directions and movements 

Psalm 25:1-2a 

To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

O my God, I trust in You;

 

There is direction and movement in this Psalm, not physically or mentally but rather spiritually.  Direction in terms of who David is talking to and direction in terms of which movement David is moving his soul. 

 

When you think about it carefully, it is a conscious thing that David is doing. Purposefully and determinedly he directs his cry to God, declaring that it is Him and Him alone that he wants to give himself fully to.  The process is interesting:

 

  1. Resolute decision that it is God he is talking to: ‘To You’

  2. Confirmation that God is who He says He is: ‘O Lord’

  3. Giving to God everything: ‘I lift up my soul’

 

It is therefore clear why, after David says those words, that he is able to say that God is his, he is clear in who he knows Him to be and as a result of that he is able to trust Him.

 

If you were to lift something up, it demands for you to consciously move.  David lifting up his soul to God follows the same rules. 

 

Decide that no matter what you face, you will always lift your soul up to God!

Make a decision to give everything to God!

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Day 5 // Where is your focus?

Psalm 5:3

My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;

In the morning I will direct itto You,

And I will look up.

 

David sought the face of the Lord in the morning.  Through this action he made it clear to God and to himself that God is the most perfect being in his life.  Before I think about myself, my day or others around me I have to present myself to God. 

 

Why did David tell God that he will ‘look up’? I figure when you look at something you give your attention to it.  There is no denying where your focus is.

 

My question to you today is:  Where is your focus?

 

There is a saying that I agree with totally, ‘You’ll always do what you want to do!’.  If you want to start your day with God, you’ll do it, if you don’t then you won’t.  It’s as simple as that.  Try to cultivate the habit of talking to God the moment you wake up!  Some of us are so eager to talk to our friends we forget that God was there before our friends were.  Cultivate an attitude like David that the first person you say ‘hello’ to in the morning is God.

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