Delighting in God’s Word

booksDid you know the number one best seller of all time is the Bible? It is written in countless languages, is illegal in many countries and numerous are willing to die for this book. For it is so much more than a book, it is the living Word of God. So, why then do so many of us take it for granted? Shouldn’t we be passionate about God’s Word? Shouldn’t we love it and desire it above all else?

As I came to the end of my reading of Psalm 119, I found one who truly delighted in God’s Word, who desired it above all else. Take a look at this writer‘s desire and passion for the Word of God.

“My eyes anticipate the night watches, that I may meditate on Your Word (vs 148).”

Do you, do I anticipate reading the Words of God? Or do we take it for granted and only open it on Sunday for church? The writer here couldn’t wait to read the Word of God and anticipated hearing the Lord speak to him through His Word.

“My heart stands in awe of your words (vs 161).”

Do we stand in awe of God’s Word? We should, it is not again just a book, it is living and active, sharper than a double edge sword. There is power in God’s Word. The Word of God is what changes lives, convicts the lost and gives us the strength we need to face whatever comes our way. We should indeed stand in awe of it.

“I rejoice at Your Word as one who finds great spoil (vs 162).”

The writer here paints a wonderful picture. He sees the Word of God as a great treasure that when he finds, he rejoices over as if what he has found in priceless. And it is. We should rejoice over the Word of God. It is a treasure indeed and worth rejoicing over and sharing with others.

“Seven times a day I praise you, because of your righteous ordinances (vs. 164).”

Seven times a day the writer here says that He praises the Lord for His Word. How often do we thank God for His word? This was convicting, seven times a day. Wow, we should be ever thankful for the Word of God.

“Your law is my delight (vs. 174).”

What do we delight in? Do we delight in good books, movies, other people? I’m not saying any of the above are bad, but I would feel safe to say, that we should delight most not in such things or people, but we should delight in the Word of God.

Recently in another post I shared with you of  the pastors in China who tore apart the Word of God, dividing it into individual books because they didn’t have a Bible of their own. To them, this book was their delights, they were risking their lives to take with them this portion of Scripture, but to them it was worth the risk. I read one time also of another man who swam from North Korea to China just to obtain a Bible. This is not a small swim, he could have drowned or been shot dead had he been caught by his people, but it was worth it. The Word of God was that important to him. In Yemen, I heard tell once of a group of believers who would write in the smallest handwriting ever on the smallest piece of paper they could find God’s Word, then they would meet together secretly so they could memorize this portion of Scripture. Afterwards they would burn it or destroy it, for if caught with it, they would be killed or tortured. Yet, it was worth it, it was that important.

Are you catching a glimpse of the importance of God’s Word.

I pray the Lord would give me and you a passion and desire for His Word like these we have read of.

The Bible is not just another book, it is the living Word of God, it is something we should stand in awe of, rejoice in, give thanks for, anticipate reading and delight in.

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