Today’s WORD (Text)               Psalm 119:11-16

I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you. 12/ Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes. 13/ With my lips I declare all the ordinances of your mouth. 14/ I delight in the way of your decrees as much as in all riches. 15/ I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. 16/ I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.


Today’s Witness

The psalmist models spiritual formation by way of meditation on God’s statutes.  It is not the book one carries in the hands, but the word one holds in the heart that satisfies both God and the worshiper.  This is not mere memorization of texts, but internalization of God’s word in such a deep manner that adherence to its teachings become first nature for the faithful. Internal repetition for the inner ears matters more than oration for the ears of others.  This is deep meditation on the ways of God with the eyes of the heart.  In this way, the interior appetite is satisfied and fulfilled in ways that make God’s word impossible to forget.

Today’s Invitation

Name a passage of scripture that is at the top of your favored list for meditation, a passage that you have returned to repeatedly across the years.

Today’s Prayer

Dear God, your word truly is a heart-warming broth for the soul.  Our souls delight when we savor your truths, when we hold them deep in our consciences, thoughts, hearts, and memories.  Speaking your words with our lips brings inner peace for the work of healing, compassion, grace, mercy, and justice.  Continue speaking and we will continue listening and internalizing your truth, in God’s Holy Name. Amen.

The Passionary Intention

Today, I choose to live my life with passion.  Today, I intend to follow Christ more nearly, love more dearly and incarnate God’s grace more clearly by asking myself three questions:

  • Where will I follow Christ today?
  • To whom shall I demonstrate Jesus’ love and justice today?
  • How can I play my part in practicing the presence of Christ, right here, right now?


The Passionary Movement Word and Witness devotion is published weekdays (Monday – Friday).  Dr. Jeffrey Hagg


Photo by Simon Migaj on Unsplashray, Executive Director of American Baptist Home Mission Societies is the author of today’s devotion.