Thrive in Five: Psalm 119:36-37

Socially hungry and bored with lack of stimulation, I scrolled through my Facebook feed one afternoon. I half heard my kids in the background doing their kid thing as I disappeared into a different world for a few minutes. A moment later, I realized the thing my kids were doing was trying to get my attention. They weren’t asking anything in particular of me, they just wanted to talk to me. But I was ignoring them, and I felt shame.

There are many things available to us to fill the void within our lives. Sometimes it’s food, sometimes it’s media; maybe it’s a specialty drink or a new outfit or even a good book. Truthfully, I enjoy ALL of these things, and I’m OK with getting pleasure from them. What disturbs me in the deepest places of my heart is when I turn to these things first. When these are the things that I seek to comfort myself.

I think this is at the heart of what the Psalmist means when he says “Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.” Amazon and Facebook can’t satisfy my soul. They don’t bring me peace or understanding or wisdom. Whatever happiness I do get from them is temporary. But the whole inside me isn’t filled. These days, it’s usually the opposite.

So instead of being a “fool feasting on trash” (Proverbs 15:14), I will strive to daily seek God’s face and to know Him for who He is. Ultimately, it is only when my heart and mind are filled with His words that I am satisfied.

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Thrive in Five – One set of Bible verses, 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Grab your journal or download this worksheet. Let’s dive into God’s Word.

Give me an eagerness for your laws rather than a love for money! Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.. Psalm 119:36-37 NLT

Monday: Read Psalm 119:36-37. Write this passage in a journal and read the words out loud – slowly and intentionally while thinking about what each one means.

Tuesday: Read Psalm 119:36-37 and answer these questions: What does this passage say about God? Is there an action to follow?

Wednesday: Read Psalm 119:36-37 and think about this question: Is there a command to obey or an example to follow in this passage?

Thursday: Read Psalm 119:36-37 and begin to think about how you can apply this verse to your own life by answering this question: Does this passage give a promise to believe or a principle to practice?

Friday: Read Psalm 119:36-37 and respond to this question: Does this passage warn of sin(s) to avoid or give a warning to heed?

We look forward to hearing how God uses Psalm 119:36-37 to transform your heart and renew your mind as you lean into His perfect and pleasing will for your life. (Romans 12:2)

Love fiercely and live deeply, Bare Feet & Curls

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