We serve a mighty, faithful, and loving God. None compare to Him!
As we are talking about meditating on Scripture, let's dwell on God's character. As we do, our hearts will be filled with worship towards our Creator and our minds will remember to put our full trust Him.
I've been using the "Word in Color" Bible verse coloring book to help me meditate on Scripture and take intentional times of rest that focus on prayer and dwelling on truth. That's what this wonderful tool has allowed me to do.
I picked this verse because, at first glance, it seemed like such a random phrase taken out of a Psalm, but at the second glance, I was already excited about taking the time to swell on the greatness of God.
Here is today's truth from the second of Psalm 8:3: "The moon and the stars You have set in place."
How to Meditate on Scripture by Coloring
I am not an artist by any means, as you will see this month... This exercise has not been about creating beautiful art but about dwelling on God's Word. If you are an artist and can create beauty in the process, more power to you! That's wonderful.
Here are a few tips to make this a life-changing experience:
- Read the verse in context before you begin coloring. That way, as you spend your time dwelling on Scripture, you have a much better idea of what it's actually talking about. Skipping this step can lead to some serious misinterpretation of Scripture.
- Consider each phrase of the verse when coloring and dwell on the truth it presents. What difference can/should this truth make in your life?
- Pray as you color and think. Ask God to help you internalize and apply the verse in front of you. Ask Him to help you more strongly rely on Him!
- Snap a picture of your verse and text it to someone you love with an encouraging note. Who needs the reminder of this verse and a little recap of how God just used it in your life?
Let's begin by reading Psalm 8. You'll see your heart will switch into worship mode right away:
1 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
5 You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
How majestic God is indeed! Let's dwell on our phrase from verse 3.
- The moon and the starts are only one example the Psalmists brings up in the worshipful poem. We are worshipping God, the Creator. I think of the beauty I see in nature every day - put there by Him. I think of how well the moon and the stars lighten the earth at night for us to see. God created this world suitable for us to live and thrive here. That speaks to His love and care for us!
- It is our God, who set all this in place. That's the God we serve. That's the type of powerful God we pray to and rely on each day!
I send a picture of this verse to a dear friend whose grandbaby has been in and out of the hospitals as the doctors are trying to figure out how to help her. It struck me that this God, who set the moon and the stars in place, is watching over her.
God creates all of us. He knows us to the depths of our being - more than we know ourselves, more than doctors know us. Plus, He cares for us and loves us. What better to do than put our trust in Him and draw peace from knowing His character!
I know this reminder encouraged my friend, and I am wondering who needs to hear from you today! Who could use a reminder of God's character and love?
Take a moment and ask God to lay someone on your heart to encourage today. Send them a verse and a few thoughts of why this reminder may encourage them. Let them know you are praying for them. That's the body of Christ at work, my friend.
May the knowledge of God's greatness and love put your heart at peace today.