April 2, Keeping a Journal

Today’s reading: Psalms 6-10

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” - Psalm 8:3-4.

David took time to reflect and think, and when he did, he received insight into God, man, and the relationship between the two. Perhaps David did this when he was a shepherd boy, or maybe while he was king, or waiting to become one. Whenever it happened, David spent reflective time and then wrote about his conclusions. It is interesting how often in the Bible the Lord directed people to write things down. Here is one such directive: “Appoint three men from each tribe. I will send them out to make a survey of the land and to write a description of it, according to the inheritance of each. Then they will return to me” (Joshua 18:4). Do you have a journal? Do you faithfully use it? What can you do to help carve out some thinking, reflecting and journaling time? Do you see the benefit of doing so? If not, then you will probably not make an effort to do more of it.