"Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night." Psalm 1:1-2.
Today's Devotional Insight...
New Devotional from Ross Lester – Selah: Devotions from the Psalms
Cory Mansfield and Ross Lester
“I love the Psalms. I love the rawness, the awe, the beauty, the anger, the vulnerability, the sorrow, the joy, the hope. There is nothing sterile, aloof, cool, safe, or glammed up about them, and that is what makes them useful to real people like you and me, who wrestle with real experiences of faith and doubt that exist hidden behind our “highlight reel” lives that we continually self-publish to the world on social media” (Lester, 1).
Ross Lester is the Lead Pastor of Bryanston Bible Church and the Network Director for Acts 29 Southern Africa. In his new book, Selah: Devotions from the Psalms for Those Who Struggle with Devotion, Ross gives us 150 devotions, corresponding to each of the 150 Psalms. His writing emulates the Psalms in that he is real and raw with his insight and emotions. As Ross states in the book, “This little book is more of a look into what my devotion journal might look like than it is an exegetical study” (Lester, 1).
Originally, Ross wrote these reflections as a daily blog for his church. He wanted to model for his church what it looked like to dig into the Scriptures on a daily basis. First and foremost, I am drawn to this issue and solution. The issue Ross confronted with his church with trying to figure out how to get his church into the Word more regularly is nothing new. Ross saw the issue, came up with a plan, and executed it in a way that both blessed his own life, his churches life, but also ours as well. I think we can all take his solution to heart and see if God might lead us to do something similar (not necessarily write a book, but model for our congregation what it looks like to dig into the Word).
This is a book I highly recommend for your own devotions as well as for a source of motivation as you seek to encourage and exhort your own congregation to dig into the Word on a consistent and regular basis. Reading this book has blessed my life by drawing me deeper into the Word and helping me be real with my prayers before a holy, gracious, and loving God. I know this book will be a great blessing to your life as well.
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