6 September 2021 – Psalm 19:7-10 (NIV)

Scripture

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.

10 They are more precious than gold,
    than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
    than honey from the honeycomb.

Reflection

For all of us living in Shanghai, what could be more desirable than a high income or a meal at one of the many amazing restaurants? Not much, especially if we can post about it on social media! Money, status, and food drive this great city, so it’s wise to occasionally stop and ask ourselves if we look more like the culture around us or like God’s children. What are the hidden motivations of our heart and souls? Is it success, validation, or security? How then do we go about aligning our inner beings with God?

The psalmist tells us that by putting our trust in God’s word that it transforms us from the inside out. It orders our priorities, brings joy to our hearts, and refreshes our souls. Isaiah 26:3 echoes this sentiment by saying, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in your current situation

Prayer

Invite the Holy Spirit to be present with you in this moment
And then, wait. Allow God’s peace to draw near.

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Ruth de Pater is an SCF Community Group leader. She has been living in Shanghai since 2002, together with her husband, Gerie, and their two teenage kids.