Where I Found the Meaning of Life
I pondered the direction of my life, and I turned to follow your laws. (Psalms 119:59 NLT)
Inevitably life’s ebb and flow brings us to moments of pause and reflection, when we search for the meaning, purpose, and direction of our lives.
The birth of a baby, the death of a friend, the loss of a career, the milestone birthday, are all events that snatch us from the day-to-day grind, into a pursuit to identify why we even exist.
David had his share of these defining moments; like the day he was tending sheep as a teenager and Samuel unexpectedly showed up, declaring a prophetic calling over David’s life – one that even his family couldn’t grasp.
Or the time when David was singing for King Saul, and right in the middle of his favorite part – you know, the part that makes a singer close his eyes real tight – David happened to catch a glimpse of something being hurled through the air, aimed right at him. The King had thrown his spear, attempting to kill David. And although he wasn’t killed, his career on Israel Idol was over.
And then there’s the time David thought he got away with hidden sin, until a prophet came and uncovered all that had been cloaked in the shadows.
Or the time that David’s son died.
Or the time that his kingdom was almost stolen from him…by one of his sons.
David had quite a life. Frankly, he was far from perfect. But there was something of purity in his heart, evidenced by his response to each of these defining moments.
David sought the direction of The Lord through the Law (Word) of God. God’s Word was a lamp to his feet and a light for his path. David hid the Word in his heart, so that it would keep him from sin. David knew the key to staying pure was to take heed according to God’s Word.
Daily devotions are more than spiritual calisthenics, or something to be added to a checklist. The Word of God is bread – a basic staple of life. It is air – the oxygen that sustains life. It is water – that brings refreshing and hydration to that which is dry and parched.
Reading and studying the Word of God gives you divine direction for your life! In the pages of Scripture you will find the heart of the Father, the mind of Christ, and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible is a book that breathes.
Today I pause to ponder the direction of my life. Reveal Yourself to me in Your Word, and direct my steps according to Your Word.
In Jesus’ name, amen.