May 4
‘Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!’ Romans 11:33
Bible reading: 1 Chronicles 17:16-27 (Go to the Bible passage)
How much we can learn from David’s prayer, which he prayed after the prophet Nathan had spoken God’s words to him.
David was deeply moved by these words. He went in and sought silence to be alone with God. And there - in the silence, before the Lord - he repeated all the words the prophet had spoken, to allow them to penetrate his heart deeply.
How small the great king David was there, before the face of the Lord! ‘Who am I, Lord God, that You have brought me this far?’ David was deeply convinced that it was the Lord Who had made him king of Israel. No, this was no fake pious slogan, but an expression of genuine awe on his part.
How little do we - actually - know this sense of wonder about God’s involvement in our lives. Is that, perhaps, because we so rarely enter into the silence with the words God has spoken to us? At best, after church, we review the sermon over a cup of coffee. But how forcefully God might make His word take effect in our lives if we would enter into the silence with His words, to ponder them in prayer before His face with a growing sense of awe and joy and wonder?
Do we still expect God to speak to us or are we content with a non-committal meditation? If we believe that God speaks to us through the preaching, then we must not rest before we have answered Him Who has spoken to us. If we so allow God’s message to take effect in our lives, His word will never leave our lives fruitless anymore.

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