Prayer: God, your word is a gift. Thank you for revealing yourself to me through it! Grant me perseverance and understanding through the Holy Spirit to long for time reading your word. Every day, show me more about who you are in your word and lead me to love you more.
Delight in the Word of the Lord
The Bible is amazing. Seriously. It is God’s own inspired word, penned by 40 different human authors under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, over the time span of around 1,500 years, and it all has a central theme of God’s Glory and Grace. God spoke through human authors to reveal Himself and His purpose to the world. He uses this book to show us the best thing He could ever give us: Himself. How kind of God to reveal Himself through the Scriptures! What a beautiful and generous gift for the Creator of the universe to put in our hands: a revelation of Himself through which we can meet with Him and know Him more deeply.
Maybe this is the root of the Psalmist’s delight in the word of the Lord in Psalm 119. These 176 verses of song are all about how amazing the law, or word, of the Lord is. It’s the account of someone who takes ultimate delight in the word of God, as much as all riches (v. 14). He writes that “his soul is consumed with longing” for the word (v. 20). He knows that through this book, he can know God, meet with Him, and learn God’s best instruction for living. What’s our attitude toward the Bible? Are we “consumed with longing” for the Bible every day?
Look in the Word: