Thursday, June 13, 2013

Delight In God's Word

Does "digging the word" make you really happy?

Jeremiah 15:16 When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies.

Psalm 119:103 How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey.

Jeremiah was known for giving God's word to God's people without any change in their lives. That is why he went on to be known as the "weeping prophet," he spent a lot of time mourning the condition of God's children, but there was something that made him smile.

Jeremiah said that his heart's delight is in God's word, it was a delight to him to learn what God's word had to say, his lifestyle of obedience to God made him love to hear his word. It is easy to think that if God is speaking words directly to you so clearly that it would be easy to be delighted but these days we don't usually have direct contact. Most of the time we have to get into a really big book to hear what God has to say. The good news is that Bible study can be just as exciting.
The benefits of being in God's word.
Psalm 19:7-11 The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living. 9 Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the Lord are true; each one is fair. 10 They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. 11 They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.
What an advantage it is to make time for "digging the word" each day, King David was undoubtedly a very busy man, but look at what he thought about the value of spending part of his day in God's word. David said that it revived his soul, gave him wisdom and it brought him joy. David enjoyed knowing God's promises and his instructions on how to live.

If you develop the habit of Bible study and ask God to speak to you through his word then it can easily become something that you look forward to doing each day. Just like looking forward to the next meal after doing without for several hours, we can get to the point where we long for the next time that we can spend in the word.

A wonderful tool for helping you develop the habit is to sign-up with 40 Days in the Word. They will help you learn how to study the Bible and apply it to your life.


40 Days in the Word is a teaching series and corresponding small group curriculum that shows you how to not just hear the Word, but to be a doer of the Word as well.

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