Marinating, soaking up light

A week ago I was blessed to be on a retreat on top of a Virginia mountain with 45 other guys from our church. It was a great time of rest, fellowship and good teaching that had the reorienting of ourselves to the Lord as our focus. It was at this retreat that I saw the video I posted earlier this week. I took this picture of this tree as I was reminded we’re all branches and God is our source, Father, Son and Spirit. 

On the drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway (that’s the road in the background) I read Psalm 119. All of it. Twice. I was struck by it in a way I’d not noticed the joy about God’s word that is so deeply ingrained. This week the M’Cheyne train has had me reading sections of 119 each morning. This morning I was struck by these words:

“Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:129-130‬ ‭ESV‬‬

God’s word is indeed a wonderful marinate for us to soak up. May it give us light and understanding of the greatness of God. Like the roots and strong trunk of that great tree bring nourishment to the branches, let us soak up the word every day.

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