These last few weeks have admittedly been hard to really feel connected with God through His Word. It’s usually the most natural way for me to relate to God because I love to read. But so much is happening right now, and I too often let my circumstances rule my life. One thing that has been encouraging to me is the Psalms reading plan our church is doing together this year. Each week we read and think through a selected Psalm. This past week we read Psalm 19, and a few verses really stuck out to me.
The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
the just decrees of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
I particularly love verses 7 and 8. It’s so easy for me to believe that other things will bring contentment. I often think if I can just get to a place where I am ready for the baby to come or more financially stable or [whatever is on my mind that day], then I’ll really be satisfied.
We all have those things that we think will really fulfill us—dating someone, marriage, having a baby, finishing college, maybe even just getting through this week. (Fill in your list here!) These are all good things, but the truth is that only Jesus can really revive our souls and cause our hearts to rejoice. Those other things can never hold the weight of fulfilling us because they were never meant to do so.
Knowing Jesus is real contentment whatever our circumstances may be. There’s so much peace in knowing that our lives don’t need to be dictated by what’s going on around us. We can rejoice that our Creator and Savior came to save us and He has made a way for us to know Him.
I’m praying that you will take some time today and let the Word of the Lord revive your soul.