Read Isaiah 40-42, Psalm 46
We are camping at the beach and it’s raining. Late into the night we had a campfire and at some point I was the last one when I looked up away from the magnet pull of the remaining glowing heat, I saw the night sky full of stars. Isaiah 40:26 —look at the night sky 🌌 full of stars ✨ who created these? Meditating on this while camping is the best.
The word HAGAH in the Hebrew means to meditate like in Psalm 1:2, Isaiah 31:4, Psalm 63:6. This word is like when a young lion growls over it’s prey NOT in the slightest frightened by a whole band of shepherds hunting it. ROAR like a LION over its meal. Nothing anxious or backing down in the lion.
I feel like this comes naturally to very hungry young men after exhausting exercise. It’s mine. Like that scene in Nemo with the seagulls— MINE, MINE MINE. Hahah and if you’ve seen the movie, I don’t need to say anymore. It’s biblically how we are to meditate on God’s word. And with a cougar prowling the the Nehalem Bay Campground, I had no trouble connecting the dots. When I’m afraid I will trust in you. Psalm 56:3 and other promises fill my appetite for comfort. God is my help, my fortress, my hiding place. And the Psalmist promises a fruitful yield to the one who meditates on HIS WORD.
Today you are reading the one year Bible with me, so this qualifies you as well. When you HAGAH God’s word you are not disturbed! You have a promise from the LORD Almighty.
In panic strongholds fall. It’s there we see whatever we had trusted in besides GOD is nothing. Isaiah 31:9
To those who trust in men they are compared to grass. The flowers fade, and the word of our God endures forever. He holds the dust of the earth in a basket 🧺. Nations are a drop in a bucket 🪣. Rulers are nothing for God to humble. Isaiah 40:24 No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, then he blows on them, and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26.
Keep reading! The end of Isaiah 40 is famous, and would be a perfect passage to HAGAH!