Word 4U Today



‘…Your face, Lord, I will seek.’ Psalms 27:8 NKJV

At the end of a play, the leading actor held his audience spellbound as he recited the 23rd Psalm.

He did it as an encore, and it brought the house down with applause.

Looking across the room, he spotted his old vicar and called him to say something. To their surprise, he too recited the 23rd Psalm.

When he had finished, there was silence. The audience dried tears from their eyes. At this point the actor stood beside his old vicar and said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, the difference is, I know the Twenty-Third Psalm, but he knows the Shepherd!’

Dr. Alexander Maclaren, the great Scottish preacher, attributed everything he knew to one habit:

spending an hour each day alone with God.

Sometimes, he allowed others into his study but they were never allowed to speak. Maclaren would sit in a well-worn armchair with his Bible lying across his knees.

Sometimes he’d read its pages, but mostly he’d just sit with his hand over his face. During that hour, he wouldn’t read the Bible as a student or study it for sermons.

One of his assistants noted,

‘He read it as a child would read a letter from an absent father, or your heart would drink in the words of a loved one from far away.’

How well do you know the Lord? How well do you want to know Him? The answer is not in what you say, but in what you do. What you truly desire, you pursue. The Psalmist said, ‘When You said, “Seek My face.” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.’’

What now?

Try out Dr. Maclaren’s technique. Separate out your you-and-God time into two. Keep one of them as your regular Bible study, but keep the other one to use in the way that he did. Just spend some time resting in God’s presence with open ears. 

Joy Ferdiz

December 12th, 2013

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