Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Psalm 19:7-14 Attitude towards Written Word and Living Word

KEY TEXT: Ps 19:10-11 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

KEY THOT: David compares God’s law with gold and honey—precious and desirable. Derek Prince (not related to Joseph Prince) once wrote something to this effect: “Our attitude towards the Written Word (Bible) is exactly our attitude towards the Living Word (Christ)—nothing more, and nothing less.” If our attitude towards the Bible is as gold and honey, would we not constantly hold it to read it daily? Watch this short video of the house church Chinese Christians’ reactions when they received a new Bible: https://youtu.be/CkXDcdMNE-I. They loved the Bibles because they loved God.

God’s word is precious and our attitude towards it reveals our heart attitude towards God, just as our treatment of a letter reveals our attitude towards the letter-writer. If we throw it aside, it shows we have no regard for the person who wrote it. But if we read and re-read it carefully, it shows we value the person who wrote it. So, is my attitude towards God’s word is revealed in my attitude towards His Word, the Bible.

I can check my attitude towards God in my attitude towards His Word. If I’m excited reading it or studying it, it shows my love for God is still strong. But if I’m getting lethargic about reading God’s Word, it also shows that my love for him is growing cold. Jesus’ words to the church at Ephesus may give us a clue as to how we can rekindle our first love: “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.” (Rev 2:4-5).  We have to return to the first activities we loved when we first became Christians. 

The Written Word is only as exciting as we are excited about Living Word, Jesus Christ.

Father, deliver us from spiritual coldness and rekindle the fire of love within us. Help us to forsake the love of this world, that the love of the Father may abide in us. Amen.

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