“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” (Psalm 119:165)
I taught a two-day seminar on the Divine Inspiration of the Bible at a church in California. We called the Seminar, “Don’t Ya Just Love the Word of God!” By all accounts it was a great success. And the resounding answer to the question was a unanimous, “YES!!!”
I thought you might find the material beneficial in strengthening your own faith and affections, and thus have decided to post it for your benefit in a series of devotions beginning today and running for the next several days. So this will be our theme – “Don’t Ya Just Love the Word of God!” My purpose will be to rekindle your love and hunger for God’s Word to deeper and fuller measures.
Moses wrote the following words – “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”(Deuteronomy 6:4-9).
It is clear from this most famous text that loving God and loving His Word go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other. And the text shows that this love is not a part-time thing. It cannot be compartmentalized, like data files on a computer; something to be accessed from time to time as the need arises. Rather, it is to encompass the whole of our daily living.
When Jesus came there were some who at that time actually bound portions of the Law to their hands, and hung them between their eyes. Perhaps this misses the point. Maybe the Lord intended rather that our actions (hands) and our desires (eyes) should be governed by His Word. That’s what love is like – it encompasses the whole of our life and directs all our affairs.
Perhaps David said it best for all of us – “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:7-11).
Let me invite you to faithfully follow along in this series of devotions. The payoff in your life will be tremendous! In a phrase — You’re just gonna love the Word of God!!
Tomorrow? “Did You Know that God Wrote a Book?”