For the last several days we have been talking about living in purity and living with a heart fully devoted to the Lord. The psalmist shows us how important the Word of God is in this process. God’s Word keeps us on the straight path. His Word chips away at the impurities in our hearts. Studying, memorizing, and meditating on the Scripture fill us with rejoicing and delight.
“Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.” Psalm 119:12-16
When we open our Bibles, we can sit at the feet of Jesus and, as our Rabbi, He teaches us. He draws us close, right into His presence. But when we close the Book, we can still keep our hearts and minds focused on Him, as we meditate on the passages we have read.
Did you know that cows chew their cud for about 8 hours each day? They eat, chew enough to moisten the food, and then swallow. But when they are done swallowing, they aren’t actually done with the meal. They bring the food back up and chew and chew and chew.
So, why am I talking about cows? Because they are actually a pretty good picture of what we need to do with the Word of God. We can spend time feasting on it, but then mull it over throughout the day. We can chew on it, tear it apart, swallow it, and let it nourish us over and over again. And then we apply what we have learned to our lives.
In James 1:22-25 we read, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”
Reading, studying, memorizing, meditating, and applying God’s Word is where the blessing of God floods our very souls.
Father, I want to be walking in the greatest blessing of all, a relationship with You that is growing deeper and richer with every passing day.