Psalm 119 is a chapter about the beauty, majesty and infallibility of God’s Word. It’s clear that its author, David, loved the Word of God! Of all David’s writings, none describe that profound love more emphatically than this Psalm. His feelings for God’s Word are not conspicuous. Look at some of the words he uses to describe God’s Word:
- Delight (used in 9 verses) – 16 I will delight myself in thy statutes…
- Love (used in 11 verses) – 97 O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day.
- Obey or Keep (used in 2- verses) – 33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; And I shall keep it unto the end.
- Meditate or Meditation (used in 8 verses) – 97 … It is my meditation all the day.
- Rejoice (used in 3 verses) – 162 I rejoice at thy word, As one that findeth great spoil.
If we are honest with ourselves, we would probably admit that how David felt about the Word of God is not necessarily how we feel about it. We all struggle at times with being consistent in our bible study. As Christians we know we are supposed to read and study our Bible. We’ve been taught that spending time in daily devotions is what all good Christians do. Our pastor encourages us to be students of the Word and we’ve heard plenty of sermons that tell us why bible study is so important. If we know it’s important and a good thing to do, why do we struggle with this spiritual discipline?
Most people who struggle with being consistent in daily Bible study have not developed a deep, passionate love for the Word of God.
I think most people who struggle with being consistent in daily Bible study have not developed a deep, passionate love for the Word of God. Without a love for the Word, our Bible reading tends to be a spiritual discipline we fulfill simply out of guilt or obligation. Without a love for God’s Word, our daily Bible study, if done at all, is half-hearted, has little impact and is usually done just so we can check it off our “List of things Good Christian’s Do Daily.”
When someone has a true love for the Word, then daily devotion becomes a joy not a chore. When we really love the Word, Bible Study is something we look forward to, not something we procrastinate. When we possess a deep love for God’s Word then we can share in David’s exclamation: “O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day.”
Reading Psalm 119 and feeling David’s love for God’s Word inspires me to develop a deeper love and appreciation for the Word of God. How can we grow in our love for the Word of God? I want to share a few suggestions that have helped me:
- Ask God For a Love for His Word. We are taught, “You have not because you ask not!” James said that if any men lack wisdom to ask God for it and He would grant it liberally. Pray specifically, “God, give me a great love for your Word.”
- Remember that God Speaks to us through His Word! Dietrich Bonheoffer said, “When you read the Bible, you must think, ‘Here and now God is speaking with me!’” The Bible is not like any other book on your shelf – it is divine and holy. It contains the very Words of God.
- Learn How to Effectively Study the Word. It’s frustrating to want to study God’s Word but not really know how. There are plenty of good books about how to effectively study the Bible. The more know how to study the Bible, the more the Word will come to life and our love for it will grow.
- Just Do It. Just jump in with both feet and make a commitment to daily studying God’s Word. The more you read, study and meditate upon it, the more your love for God’s Word grows.
- Join a Bible Study Group. I have personally seen many people in our church develop a profound love for the Word of God as a result of participating in a small group Bible study. Typically people who are a part of Bible study groups are those who love the Word and a love for God’s Word is contagious. Just getting around others who love the Word will help your love to grow.
David said, “97 O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day.” I pray we all develop that kind of love God’s Word. When we get that love in our hearts, Bible study becomes our lifestyle not just a spiritual obligation we fulfill.
What has helped you grow in your love for God’s Word? Please leave a comment…