10 Things You Should Do Daily

In the Dake reference Bible for the notes on Psalm 96, it mentions 10 Things You Should Do Daily. Here they are:

1. Perform vows
2. Pray
3. Seek God
4. Praise God
5. Take Up the Cross
6. Live in holiness
7. Continue in one accord
8. Read the scriptures
9. Search the scriptures
10. Exhort one another

This seems like quite a bit to do on a daily basis, but it appears that several are just positive behavior habits that should be automatic. I didn't quite understand some of these, so, I did a little more research. Here's what I discovered:

First, Perform Vows. I didn't quite understand what this meant, so, I had to look it up. Here's the dictionary definition,

1. An earnest promise to perform a specified act or behave in a certain manner, especially a solemn promise to live and act in accordance with the rules of a religious order: take the vows of a nun.
2. A declaration or assertion.

Then will I ever sing praise to your name and fulfill my vows day after day. (Psalm 61:8) I take this to mean that I should declare God's Word over my life and behave according to His commands.

Second, Pray. I like this definition, "to enter into spiritual communion with God through prayer." There are many aspects to praying such as praise, worship, thanksgiving, and petition.
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long. (Psalm 86:3) my eyes are dim with grief. I call to you, O LORD, every day; I spread out my hands to you. (Psalm 88:9) Give us today our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11)

Every day, in every way, I will serve the LORD.

Third, Seek God. What does it mean to seek God?

For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. (Isaiah 58:2)

How do we know God's ways? Does God talk to you? How do you know God is talking to you? I spend time with God every day to get to know him better. One of the primary ways that I get to know God is by reading the Bible. His thoughts, feelings, and actions are in full display as shared by the writers who were Divinely inspired. When I spend time reading the Bible and listening to scripture, I begin to hear His voice in my daily activities. How do I know that it's His voice? What He's saying resonates with the Word that I've hidden in my heart.

Over the years, I've discovered that this process requires diligence to be effective. I like to memorize scripture and meditate on specific verses. As I do this, I receive understanding, or revelation, of that scripture. Some scriptures that I've meditated on previously will have an even deeper meaning when I come back to them later. What I'm trying to say is that the Bible is not just a book like other books, the Words in the Bible are Spirit and Life. As you consider each passage, the meaning speaks to your mind and heart at the same time. Your mind is renewed and your spirit is fed.

Once I have thoroughly prepared my heart with God's Word, then, I'm able to fellowship with Him. When I know who He is and what He wants, we are able to have a relationship. He talks, I listen. I talk, He listens.

The Parable of the Persistent Widow
1Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. 3And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.' 4"For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!' " 6And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:1-8)
This passage describes the power of persistence. Notice that the widow kept coming. Her persistence was rewarded with what she wanted. This is how a great canyon is created by a little stream of water - constant pressure. If you are persistent in seeking God, you will find Him.
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