FOR MONDAY *TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
“This is the day the Lord has made. Let’s rejoice and be glad today!” (Psalm 118:24; GOD’S WORD Translation)
The Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem is actually the ancient retaining wall which is all that’s left of 2nd Jewish Temple built by Herod the Great over 500 years before the birth of Christ. Being the holiest place for Jews are permitted to pray, many believers can be seen standing before the wall offering their prayers, often rocking back and forth as they pray and meditate. The Hebrew word for meditation is hagah, a bodily action involving murmuring and mumbling the words of a psalm to get the feel of its message. Those who didn’t understand this practice of meditation often call this place “The Wailing Wall”, a misnomer not appreciated by the faithful Jews who know better.
The verse above is a wonderful prayer to meditate upon using the Jewish practice of hagah. The Life Recovery Devotion suggests that “Saying this verse to ourselves each morning can be a great way to remember the practice of living one day at a time. How valuable to remind ourselves that God made this day, with all its blessings and opportunities, and gave it to us”. When we mumble and murmur this thought over and over again in our minds this truth just might sink deep into our hearts so that we’ll be able to enter this day with anticipation no matter what it has in store for us.
PRAYER: Thank You, Ever-creating God, for this brand new day that You have given to us. Let us give ourselves fully into this new opportunity to experience Your loving presence in each moment. Amen.
*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Revised Common Daily Lectionary used in A Disciple’s Journal – 2015 by Steven W. Manskar]