4 The Sovereign LORD has given me a well-instructed tongue,
to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.
5 The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears;
I have not been rebellious,
I have not turned away.
6 I offered my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;
I did not hide my face
from mocking and spitting.
7 Because the Sovereign LORD helps me,
I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint,
and I know I will not be put to shame.
8 He who vindicates me is near.
Who then will bring charges against me?
Let us face each other!
Who is my accuser?
Let him confront me!
9 It is the Sovereign LORD who helps me.
Who will condemn me?
They will all wear out like a garment;
the moths will eat them up.
Read slowly and gently through the passage. Savor each portion of the reading, listening for the “still, small voice” of a word or phrase that somehow says, “I am for you today.”
TAKE in the word or phrase that touches you. Memorize it and slowly repeat it to yourself, allowing it to interact with your inner world of concerns, memories and ideas.
SPEAK to God. Interact with God as you would with one who loves and accepts you. And give to Him what you have discovered in reading and reflection.
REST in God. Rejoicing in the knowledge that God is with you in both words and silence, in spiritual activity and inner receptivity.
Journaling: Write down your experience, any thought, and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.
Suggested Passion Week additional devotional reading: Matthew 26:14-25
Jesus and his disciples at the last Passover Feast