Scripture Reading: Dan.5:1-31
It is necessary to weigh ourselves frequently in the scale of God's Word.
You will find it a holy exercise to read some Psalms of David, and, as you meditate upon each verse, ask yourself, 'Can I say this? Have I felt as David felt? Has my heart ever been broken on account of sin, as his was when he penned his penitential psalms? Has my soul been full of true confidence in the hour of difficulty as his was when he sang of God's mercies in the cave of Adullam, or in the holds of Engedi? Do I take the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord?'
Then turn to the life of Christ, and as you read, ask yourself how far you are conformed to his likeness. Endeavour to discover whether you have the meekness, the humility, the lovely spirit which Christ constantly inculcated and displayed.
Take also the epistles, and see whether you can go with the apostle in what he said of his experience. Have you ever cried out as he did- "O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" Have you ever felt his self-abasement? Have you seemed to yourself the chief of sinners, and less than the least of all saints? Have you known anything of his devotion? Could you join with him and say, "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain?"
If we thus read God's Word as a test of our spiritual condition, we shall have a good reason to stop many a time and say [the prayer below] after musing on the ponder point.
Ponder Point: The commandments of God do not represent a ladder up which a man climbs to acceptance with God, but the commandments of God are like a mirror in which a man looks and realises the condition of his own (not other's) life.
Action Point: Let God's word be the mirror with which you examine your life.
Prayer Point: LORD, I feel I have never yet been here, O bring me here! Give me true penitence, such as this I read of. Give me real faith; give me zeal that consumes; inflame me with more fervent love; grant me the grace of meekness; make me more like Jesus. Let me no longer be "found wanting," when weighed in the balances of the sanctuary, lest I be found wanting in the scales of judgment in Jesus name, Amen.