“Your words were found, and I ate them,
and your words became to me a joy
and the delight of my heart,
for I am called by your name,
O Lord, God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16
“The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.” Psalm 19:7-11
There are twenty-six letters in the English alphabet, and dictionaries full of innumerable words from those letters, yet the living and active Word of God is unlike any other compilation. The Bible is inspired by Almighty God, the One who was and is and ever shall be. The Word reveals Jesus, the Way and Truth, and is complete, all we need to know and live for Him. (John 1:1-2; 10:35; 14:6; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:8; 22:18-19)
In a day when words fly fast and sting hard, what word is our compass? In the array of words read and voices heard, what is our filter? What effect do words have, and where are they driving my attention and affection?
“O Lord, Thou didst strike my heart with Thy word, and I loved Thee.” St. Augustine ￼
Exposing ourselves to God’s Word as a daily exercise makes a significant difference in what we believe about God and His world, how we worship, think, process and understand past and current events, and behave. Since it reveals our Lord to us, we cannot help but become familiar through His word with His teaching, His way of dealing with mankind; His character, His holiness, His justice, His forbearance, His beauties, His mercy. Are we taking advantage of its riches?
The Word of God enlightens and convicts, revealing the deception of the human heart. Am I regularly humbling myself before its light? It teaches, molds, inspires, and directs. Is it my first place to look for guidance? It gives voice to our longings and fears, soothes, comforts and encourages. Am I in the practice of reading, reciting, memorizing, singing, and sharing it? In what other words do I waste time foraging? Am I in the habit of tasting its delight and joy? (Psalm 119:105; Jeremiah 17:9; John 1:9-14,16)
Would we open our wills to seek, and our eyes to see, the Word’s worth and wisdom? Feed daily on it! Fear God through it! Depend well on it! Be humbled by it! Take strength from it! Fight temptation with it! Abide in and by it! Remain fixed under it! Stand firm upon it! Rule carefully with it! (Deuteronomy 17:18-20; Ephesians 6:17)
Good Father, strike my heart daily with Your word so I love You more and more. Keep me nestled in it, nourished by it, ever repeating it, that Your word have its full way with and through me.