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Mercy Paths (Psalm 25 Meditation)

Mercy Paths (Psalm 25 Meditation)

 

 

Mercy Paths Runholy Podcast Scripture Meditation Psalm 25

 

I recorded a scripture meditation from a special psalm where I discovered GOD’s Mercy Paths. Psalm 25 is a great psalm when you’re looking for life direction or wisdom on specific life choices. It talks about “bringing our life to God”. It says that God “teaches the humble His way”. It’s humility that drives our eyes upward during important times of transition. Only the humble seek God’s counsel on direction. The prideful think they’ve got it all figured out. The humble seek God’s advice as a vital necessity. I’ve come to this humble realization through a bunch of prideful life choices which took me through some hard knocks.

He leads the humble in what is right, and the humble HE teaches His way. -ps25:9

When I was searching for answers on my future husband and God’s will for my life, Psalm 25 became a very special place for me. I remember those times of seeking on the back desert plains of west Texas. I remember the freedom I found within the walls of this psalm.

There was so much fear surrounding making the “right choice”. As I had learned before, God’s will is not a tightrope but a playground. Yes there is a fence and boundaries but there is fun and freedom. If we feel we are walking a tight rope when making choices, that is not freedom. That’s not what He means by the narrow way. I believe the narrow way is actually found in the small daily choices of obedience and devotion. These actually matter more to God than the “big choices”. I found freedom in psalm 25.

In verse 10, He says “all the paths are mercy”. Within our humanity and unique personality we will journey and digress down complex paths. He works all these paths together for our good and for the future that we have hoped for. When we look to Him and wait in hope for His direction, we will never be put to shame. Mercy will cover every choice we make. Down every path we will find mercy. His goodness will follow us Dow EVERY path we choose. We don’t have to be afraid about choosing a wrong path because all the paths we walk down seeking him along the way are mercy.

Show me your ways, oh Lord; teach me your paths. Ps25:4

He will instruct “sinners” in His way it says in verse 8. Isn’t this an interesting verse? Especially since it follows verse 7 which talks about Him remembering no more our sins. The theology of that is very complex but also simple. I think the gist of it is this: God is good. In his mercy, he teaches even those that have sinned against him.

Psalm 25 was a sweet chapter of encounter for a season of my life. Do you have those sweet spots in every Bible?  I included two versions in this meditation because they were both so rich.

Mercy Paths (Psalm 25 Meditation) – RunHoly Podcast on Sound Cloud

Mercy Paths Psalm 25 RunHoly Podcast on PodBean 

RunHoly Podcast Scripture Meditation Psalm 139:5

RunHoly Podcast Scripture Meditation Psalm 139:5

The God Impulse Runholy podcast God's blessing on life choices

 

The God Impulse

I posted a new podcast recording that talks about life choices. David gave us a model for making big choices. 1. Inquire-ask God. 2. Wait on his answer 3. When you think you’ve got it, move swiftly with confidence. I’ve done this over and over with big decisions I’ve made. I spoke at the beginning of this podcast  particularly about choosing to marry my husband.

Psalm 139:5 was a special verse to me because it was a confirmation that I had heard God and made the choice that had his blessing.

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Meditation Monday: Psalm 84:3, 5

Psalm 84 Scripture meditation by RunHoly, RunHoly.com

Scripture Meditation by RunHoly on Psalm 84:3,5

 

It’s funny the things you notice when you meditate on scripture. Things that you never noticed before…like the fact that the sentence begun in verse 3 ends after “my king and my god”.  Why is the author addressing the Lord of Heavens armies and talking about birds nesting?  I mean I could understand starting the verse about strength with the warrior king address, yet it’s with the birds verse.

Scripture meditation by RunHoly psalm 84

A Home Near His Altar

Is my home at a place near his altar-both in the literal and figurative sense. I mean do I raise my young and go about my day staying aware that I am in and pursuing constant connection to His presence. Am I ruling and raising both my children and my own soul with His kingship in mind. Am I turning the attention of my heart and the hearts of my children toward worship at every small opportunity?

I missed an opportunity earlier. A frog (or toad-I’m not sure the difference) leapt a good 4 feet in one jump. That was an opportunity to direct my children’s awe back to God, the maker of heaven and earth and frogs (or toads). Our souls long to be drawn upward. It just takes a delicate touch to direct them like softly touching a balloon toward the sky. We can consistently keep our souls in that heavenly realm with these sorts of practical touches.

Psalm 84 Scripture meditation by RunHoly, RunHoly.com

It’s in the place of his altar, a place of praise and awe, a place of connection to Him and to heaven that we and our “nests” and “young” are kept safe and at perfect peace behind the Lord of Heaven’s armies, who is also OUR King and OUR God.

The Altar of Self

I learned this lesson this past weekend. I had been making my soul’s nest near the altar of Lauren. It started with a tooth ache. Soon the pain and self-pity had me googling things, searching for answers, and thinking only of myself and my well being. Once on that path, it’s difficult to steer off the selfishness course.

The altar of self is NOT a safe place to be.

The weekend culminated in me losing my temper over something irrational and being trapped in a needless storm of anger.

Had I set my my mind on a pilgrimage, on the things above, on His word, well I (and my family/young and nest/home) would have been protected and kept in perfect peace.

Tapestry of Revelation Truth

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

 

Is 26:3

When I meditate on one verse I often think of other verses like the verse above. It’s crazy how all the different verses are interconnected. The Spirit weaves a beautiful tapestry of revelation truth when we have meditated upon and deposited so many into our heart’s scripture reservoir.  

 

Psalm 84 For This Season

I pray this blessed you. I’m excited to share the rest of this meditation in psalm 84 with you. I feel it is a psalm for such a time as this. It’s a psalm for the season we are leaving and the new one we are entering.

Scripture meditation by RunHoly psalm 84 verse 3-5, RunHoly.com

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Scripture Meditation by RunHoly: 1 John 2:3-6

Scripture Meditation by RunHoly

Bible scripture verse meditation audio by RunHoly, runholy.com

 

I’ve begun making videos for specific bible verses and scripture meditation. I use a tool I found on soundcloud for scripture meditation, but they only make audio for the gospels. That tool is called Audio Lectio and can be found here.

Bible scripture verse meditation audio by RunHoly, runholy.com image image

There are many promises for scripture meditation.

I’ve enjoyed fresh revelation and soul change from simply listening and contemplating a verse over and over. Praying this audio will help myself and others to do that.

This will also help with memorization. The word is our sword. Memorized verses are like grenades in our arsenal.

Listening to verses arms our soul with strength while also washing us in the cleansing power of the word.Our souls, washed and strong, are able to conquer anything and lift up others around us with Truth.

These videos will be short so you can squeeze in some meditation throughout the day in little free moments like while doing chores, driving (listen-audio only), waiting in line, idle moments at work, or just before bed. As a mom, I need tools like this.

Subscribe and you will be notified of future verse meditations. Give me feedback on whether this was helpful to you.  Also, let me know verses that would help you to have in your arsenal. As this is my first verse video, let me know what is helpful to you…is the number of times the verse is repeated suitable? Looking forward to hearing back from all of you!

 

Grace & Peace,

 

Lauren

Meditation on Zachaeus

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While reading Sofia the story of Zacchaeus in her Baby Bible, I felt drawn to meditate on these chapters myself…

Zacchaeus.  Wealthy. Should have been happy and yet, I am utterly dissatisfied. Chief tax collector. Promoted & successful. I should have been happy…

Heard about this man–passing through today.  Said he holds the words of life.  Said he could open blind eyes.  Could he open my hard heart?

I had to see…

  who…

         he…

                                       was.

So I ran. I ran ahead.  Short man that I am, but I ran as fast as I could.  So I hiked my skirt up and I ran, most undignified.  (Chief as I am.)

And I climbed.  Scratched arms.  Bruised legs.  I climbed. I had to see him.  I climbed.  Higher still.  I waited. He was coming this way.

He came to where I was.  He stopped.

And he looked…up.

God!  He looked up! Everyone looks down at me–tax collector, thief, dishonorable, filthy… sinner.  Everyone looks down at me. But he looked up.

And he…sawme.

He really saw me. All that I was.  All my fears and insecurity.  All my dissatisfaction and hunger.  All my remorse and resentment.  His eyes burned through me.  He saw me. I was bare before him.  His eyes burned through to my soul. Time stood still in that tree.  He saw me. I couldn’t look away, even in my shame.

He opened his mouth to speak.  Oh! What would he say? Whatever it is–I  deserve it.

And he said, “Zacchaeus”

“Come!”

“Come quickly to me!”

“I must be with you!”

You see me. But you want me? You see me. And you want me still.

“Come quickly! I must be with you.”

I see you. I see all of you. And I want you–so.

And…I…saw…Him.

How you wreck me with your love, Jesus!

“ ‘This Temple is going to end up far better than it started out, a glorious beginning but an even more glorious finish: a place in which I will hand out wholeness and holiness.’ Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.”

Hag 2:9 (The Message)