Matthew: But where would be a good place to start?
Phillip: For you, I think the psalms of David is a good place to start.
Matthew: I am ready.
Phillip: For example, for the choir master, A Psalm of David. (quoting Psalm 139:8) “If I go ascend to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” Say it back to me….
Matthew: “If I ascend to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.”
Phillip: No amount of learning can bring you closer to God. Or make you more or less precious to Him. He is always with right here, right now. With you. For you.
Matthew: I don’t feel it.
Phillip: The feeling doesn’t always come first. You have to first believe it…. Meditate on it for a few days and come back to me. You are always writing things down. Try writing it down several times. There is something about writing it down that goes a long way.
Saturday evening, I lounged on the couch in effort to rest and recover from our action packed weekend conference. My heart still stirred by God’s little “It’s all a counterfeit” tap on my shoulder, I turned on Season 2 of The Chosen* to settle in and enjoy (in my opinion) one of the best depictions of Jesus’ life ever displayed on screen.
It wasn’t happenstance that this was my choice.
The opening scene was a dialogue between Phillip and Matthew. Backstory goes, Matthew is now one of the disciples but he is still straining to articulate all that he is witnessing and make sense of it all. He sees the other disciple’s passion and the awestruck responses of those Jesus is healing, but Matthew can’t quite settle his busy, calculative mind and allow his heart to WONDER at the goodness unfolding around him.
His mind is too busy. Anyone?
So Phillip makes a suggestion. “Try writing it down several times. There is something about writing it down that goes a long way.”
I sensed in my spirit that this dialogue could just as well been between Jesus and me… “You are always writing things down, Becky. Try writing it down several times.”
Yes. Yes I do love to write things down! I always have. Arguably, I receive more in Scripture by unpacking it right here with you than I do by myself. Why? BECAUSE I AM FOCUSED ON ONE THING…
GOD’S TRUTH AND REVEALING HIS STORY.
If you are looking to have your soul refreshed and growing in your love and understanding of Scripture, then look no further than Psalm 19….
The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statues of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. v. 7
If you want a refreshed soul and wisdom, then there is NO other place to be.
HIS LAW IS PERFECT. Like, tāmîm in Hebrew, perfect. Like full of integrity, without blemish, complete truth, full, sincere, sound, without spot, undefiled, upright, whole, PERFECT.
I can’t say this for anything else out there. Instagram and Amazon don’t stand a chance at restoring me. They might be fun sometimes but they are certainly not undefiled, sincere or without blemish. They are counterfeit.
So I pulled out a blank notebook and my favorite pen and began where Phillip suggested. The Psalms of David.
And began to write.
Immediately, my monkey mind settled and my heart postured to the Infallible, complete Truth of God.
The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person. Ps 19:7 Amplified. Yes. indeed.
It isn’t rocket science, I know. Pen and pad. But like Phillip continues “these are not just any words these are David’s. This is Scripture.“
And these Words have great power. They live. They breath. They speak.
So…Grab your favorite pen. And a notebook. Settle your mind.
*To watch The Chosen episode I refer, click here.