Give thanks | No. 4
"If your instructions hadn't sustained me with joy,
I would have died in my misery."
Psalm 119:92 NLT
"Oh, how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day."
"How sweet are Your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!"
I AM THANKFUL FOR GOD'S WORD
Too often I have come to God's Word in a hurry or a place of uninterest. It can become a sort of religious activity that we do in order to check it off a list.
Are you reading the Bible because you delight in God's Word or because it has become a religious ritual?
I haven't found a verse anywhere in the Bible that commands Christians to read the Bible every day, but it does say we will be blessed if we meditate on it day and night and find our delight in His Word.
"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night" (Psalm 1:1-2).
I love God's Word, so why can it become a tedious task for me to read it? It is the result of not finding my delight in His Word. And when I'm not finding my delight in it, I go searching for delight in other places (i.e. counsel from the ungodly, paths that sinners take, seats of the scornful).
I pray that we can remember how much we love God's Word and why.
God's Word tells of His promises.
God's Word speaks of His majesty.
God's Word reveals His heart to us.
God's Word directs my steps (Psalm 119:105).
God's Word is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12).
Jesus is the Word.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:1, 14).
In Luke 10, when Jesus goes to the house of Mary and Martha, Martha was busy trying to serve Jesus, while Mary sat at His feet. Jesus said that one thing was needed, and Mary chose it. To sit at Jesus' feet and hear from Him. It is needed.
Have a blessed thanksgiving everyone. Think on what you are grateful for. And give thanks to God for them. Remember why you are thankful for the Cross, God's greatness, His presence, and His Word to us.
"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:18