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Summer Tree 2010
Ps. Sunder Krishnan

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  1. 1. Scripture
  2. 2. Devotions on the run: going short and deep <ul><li>While drying my hair one morning, I had an epiphany. I shoved aside the novel I had been reading and reached for the devotional book Walking on water. I positioned the book and my Bible to the left of my curling iron and started reading. In the 20 minutes it took to blow dry and curl my hair, I had worked through Scripture, devotional and prayer. Minutes later , I was off to work, body and soul prepped to take on the day. .. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Devotions on the run: going short and deep <ul><li>All of the Psalms, save four, have fewer than 50 verses—which, along with a meditation, neatly fit my hair grooming time slot. And their heart rending pleas for God’s deliverance and soaring testimonials to God’s grace were balm for the soreness in my spirit. Someday I hope I wont have to squeeze devotions into the corners of my life. For now however (these books) are a great way to get the day off and running </li></ul>
  4. 4. An uncommon delight: Psalm 19 <ul><li>7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. </li></ul><ul><li>The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. </li></ul><ul><li>8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. </li></ul><ul><li>The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. </li></ul><ul><li>9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. </li></ul><ul><li>The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. 10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; </li></ul>
  5. 5. An uncommon delight: Psalm 119 <ul><li>72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. </li></ul><ul><li>96 To all perfection I see a limit; but your commands are boundless </li></ul><ul><li>111 Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart </li></ul><ul><li>131 I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands. </li></ul><ul><li>162 I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Recapturing the ‘wonder” <ul><li>What Scripture says about Scripture </li></ul>
  7. 7. Recapturing the ‘wonder” <ul><li>What Scripture says about Scripture </li></ul>The Word of God is the voice of God that calls us into a dialogue with Him that either softens or hardens us
  8. 8. Recapturing the ‘wonder” <ul><li>That was then! But now </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The printing press: a shift from listening to reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education: a shift from relating to acquiring information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The key to recapturing the wonder of the Word </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We need to refocus from ‘reading to get information ’ to ‘listening to the Voice in order to relate to the speaker </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Hans Balthasar <ul><li>We think that God’s Word has been heard on earth for so long that , by now, it is almost used up, that it is about time for some fresh word…We fail to see that it is we ourselves who are used up and alienated, whereas the Word resounds with the same vitality and freshness as ever; it is just as near to us as it always was. I am the dried-up soul, running after earthly water everyday because I have lost my grasp of the heavenly water I am really seeking. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Hans Balthasar <ul><li>So I must continually return to the voice at the center, to be sent thence to the periphery of history with all its languages. It is at the center that I learn what is decisive; namely, the truth about my life, what God wants and expects of me, what I should strive for and what I should avoid in the service of the Word. Thus I must become a hearer of the Word </li></ul>
  11. 11. Turning eyes into ears <ul><li>Believe you can hear </li></ul><ul><li>Expose yourself continually to all of God’s Word </li></ul><ul><li>Turn the Word into bold, imagination-driven prayer </li></ul>
  12. 12. Psalm 115 <ul><li>3 Our God is in the heavens, doing as he chooses. </li></ul><ul><li>The idols of the nations are made of silver and gold. </li></ul><ul><li>5 They have a mouth and eyes, but they can’t speak or see. </li></ul><ul><li>6 Their ears can’t hear, and their noses can’t smell. </li></ul><ul><li>7 Their hands have no feeling, their legs don’t move, </li></ul><ul><li>and they can’t make a sound. </li></ul><ul><li>8 Everyone who made the idols and all who trust them are just as helpless as those useless gods. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Turning eyes into ears <ul><li>Believe you can hear </li></ul><ul><li>Expose yourself continually to all of God’s Word </li></ul><ul><li>Turn the Word into bold, imagination-driven prayer </li></ul><ul><li>Persevere </li></ul>
  14. 14. Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried. People don’t hear God speak not because they have tried and cant but because it takes time and they quit
  15. 15. Next steps <ul><li>Start reading His Word—all of it </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn the language without anxiety </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use pre-selected portions of His Word to try talking back to God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It will be mechanical at first </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t compare your self with others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think in term of years and decades, not weeks and months </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pray with people who speak Gods language </li></ul>
  16. 16. Devotion Relishing the multi-faceted glory of God through the Spirit illuminated Word of God Devotions One more thing to fit into a busy schedule Deleting the “S” out of devotions