Do you ever interact with God’s Word? God’s Word is both the Bible and the person of Jesus. Psalm 119 gives us a lesson in how we can seek God through his Word and experience the benefit of applying the great riches of his Word to our lives…
9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lord;
teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.
How about an older person? I am wondering why the youngins get all the tips and old guys like me are left hanging… we aren’t, yet it is true that if we start on the right track when we are young, we embed values and principles we can live out until we are old.
The psalmist helps us to understand that living out the word of God is the path. God’s word to us is the Bible, and in John 1:1 we see that Jesus is also identified as the Word (logos) of God. When we follow the teachings of God and the life of Jesus as presented in the Gospel books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we have a winning formula.
It’s the combination of seeking God and hiding his word in our hearts. Actively choosing the way of God (seeking him) and reading to remember (hiding) his word will change our lives. The process involves learning from our teacher God (vs.12), recount God’s teaching (vs. 13), meditate on it (vs. 15), and rejoice/delight in God’s word as ‘great riches’ (vs. 14,16).
I start every day by reading God’s word and meditating on it. In fact, writing these posts are part of my meditation. As I write I ‘process’ and get clarity on what each part of the Bible means for life and how I can apply it.
How are you hiding God’s word in your heart?