The Prayer of a Pilgrim

Psalm 119:17-24  “Gimel” speaks of a camel.  “Dependable, strong and reliable.”

17 Deal bountifully with Your servant,
That I may live and keep Your word.
18 Open my eyes, that I may see
Wondrous things from Your law.
19 am a stranger in the earth;
Do not hide Your commandments from me.
20 My soul breaks with longing
For Your judgments at all times.
21 You rebuke the proud—the cursed,
Who stray from Your commandments.
22 Remove from me reproach and contempt,
For I have kept Your testimonies.
23 Princes also sit and speak against me,
But Your servant meditates on Your statutes.
24 Your testimonies also are my delight
And my counselors

Last night at Bible study, we took seven minutes to meditate on this portion of Scripture, listen for the Voice of the Spirit and write what we sensed He was saying.  For those not used to the exercise of reading the Word, listening for the Holy Spirit and writing freely, taking part can be a bit of a challenge. I was delighted that each person shared and it was truly wonderful to hear all the different responses.  Not one was the same, yet our written words melded together, and we learned from one another. The key to becoming dependable, strong and reliable is to train ourselves to listen for the voice of our Lord and to move in the direction He nudges us.

 All that is required of us is that we move into the same posture John the Beloved assumed.  He chose to lean his head against the chest of Jesus, so close he could hear his Beloved’s heart beat.

I have pondered these verses many times, but since the idea to do this exercise came just before the study, there were no preconceived thoughts in my mind regarding what I would write.  I read, and let the ink scratch across the paper. These words flowed from my pen.  I hope and pray they will bless you and inspire you to enjoy the Word in this manner and grow in Him as you develop your intimate relationship with God.

The Prayer of a Pilgrim

Be kind and benevolent towards me O Lord.  In spite of failures, my shortcomings and myself You see me as a finished piece of Your craftsmanship. Perfect, complete, lacking no good thing.  My desire is to live all of my life according to Your Word.

When I am blinded by the darkness in the tunnel, open my eyes that I may behold the truth and direction found in Your Word.

I am in this world but not of it, let my heart find Your heart so we are knit together in love and walk in agreement and as friends to one another.

The more You reveal to me, the more I long for Your commandments, the thirstier and hungrier I grow and I am humbled by my absolute need of You.

Keep me on the path of righteousness in a place of humility next to Your heart so I do not stray.  Let my life be upright and pure before You because You are teaching me to keep Your Word.

I will be amazed at the people who You bring to me to speak with.  You will always have my highest honor.  Nothing is greater than when I am able to sit before You and meditate in Your Word.  I am learning to allow them to become my greatest delight and my heart knows great joy as I hear the Voice of Your Spirit teaching me, leading me, counseling me in the way You desire me to go.


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  1. Pam M. says

    Hi Jeannie. I’m just beginning to check out your blog. This is such a wonderful post, and some time ago, I was taught to do the very things you speak of here: reading, meditating, listening and writing. It’s a beautiful thing.

    This sentence just jumped out at me here: He chose to lean his head against the chest of Jesus, so close he could hear his Beloved’s heart beat. Your words paint such a truly awesome visual for me, which are a comfort for me in this season I am currently plodding through. Thank you so much!

    Grace & peace to you,

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