Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Thankful for the Bible...

Psalm 19:7-11

"The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul;

The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
The precepts 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; they are righteous altogether.
They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward."

 What a wonderful passage!  Look what we have here: the words of the one and only God!  His self-revelation.  Through God's word we can know Him and what is pleasing/displeasing to Him.  Through God's word we know where we came from, why we are the way we are (sinners), how we can be saved, and for what purpose we were created for.  It's the most amazing book ever written! 

Yet, sadly, I often put it to the side, or read it absent-mindedly.  What a foolish and sinful person I am!  O would I be like the psalmist who treasured God's word, meditating on it day and night, delighting in it.  The psalmist of Psalm 1, when he penned those words "and his delight is in the law of the Lord," wasn't even talking about the New Testament and the life of Christ because that wasn't available at the time.  He was delighting in the Scriptures that were available to him, like Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.  O to have such a heart and a lofty view of Scripture.  To know that each time I read it, I am listening to God speak. 

Thankful for God's word.  Thankful for God's word revealed to me.  Thankful for God's word illumined to me by the Holy Spirit given to me by God's grace.

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