I sat down to read Psalm 119 a few days ago and haven’t moved on yet. Of course, it’s long. It’s concentration is on God’s precepts and testimonies and judgments and word and statutes. All those essentially speak the same thing. It is his word of instruction to us. Some could argue with judgment, but a judgment is something said–usually over a court judicial bench to a convicted felon (interesting thought).
Without the Word of God, without his precepts and testimonies and judgments, our hearts and minds are left dormant and unfruitful in the ways of God. Remember how God chided the Israelite saying that they always erred in their hearts because they did not know his ways? We are that generation again.
Without the Word of God, we (you) won’t realize when error is being taught or spoken. In fact, it will sound intelligent, maybe even inspiring. And your walk with God will diminish. The thing is-you will think you’re okay. You’ll think your walk is fine, too, but you won’t be affecting anyone because when the salt loses its savor…
Well, you know the rest of that scripture. Or you should.
A hard word here. And many don’t like hard words any more. They want everything to be okay and forgiven and allow them to walk right on, feeling good about themselves. And, yes, there is a time for that because God is a God of love and mercy and joy.
However, that is not all he is. In the book, The Grace and Truth Paradox by Randy Alcorn, Randy explains the two sides of God’s nature. Mercy and judgment.
When we compare that to our own lives, we want mercy when we mess up; but we want judgment for other people who have wronged us. But God is the same to all. His mercy is everlasting, but his judgment over sin will ultimately arrive.
So, how much time do you spend in God’s Word? Enough to wipe out the culture’s lies and refresh your mind to Truth? Often enough for it to change your viewing habits on TV? Or enough to change what you spend your money on? Those things speak-not only to outsiders, but to your friends and your children and your grandchildren.
Do you allow enough time in the Bible for it to soften your heart, to touch it deeply, to bring you to your knees?
Listen to a man’s heart: “Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not they law.” Psalm 119: 136
“Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.” Psm 119: 148
Sit at your table again, in your chair again. Begin reading on a regular basis once more, and your life will be revitalized. His love and wisdom will bloom in your heart, and you will find His Spirit alive in you, and His reflection from you into the world a bright and live-altering reality.
I would love to hear from you. Your thoughts and feelings–and any results. God bless!