Where Have You Placed God’s Word?—Day 5
Psalm 119: 9-16
Much time is spent studying God’s word but what are we doing with the information? It is good to have a head knowledge regarding God’s word. The Scripture teaches us in II Timothy 2: 15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” We should study God’s word; however, it is when the word transfers from our head to our hearts that we experience a greater impact from the word.
It is only when the word is in our hearts that we experience its transforming power.
The close of our devotional text says, “I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways. I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word.”
I will, meditate on; delight in; and not forget.
In the Hebrew the word for meditating is, sîyach, see´-akh; the word makes reference to thinking intently and at length regarding spiritual matters.
The word for delight is, shâʿaʿ, shaw-ah; this word means to take a high degree of pleasure or mental satisfaction in.
And finally the word forget in Hebrew is; shâkach, shaw-kakh; this word means to lose memory, the word can also mean to leave.
What is the writer saying about God’s word?
The psalmist is making it clear that he will spend a good portion of time intentionally thinking about God’s word. This is something he will do not as a chore, but taking great pleasure in spending time with God’s word never to lose sight of or leave it behind.
Does God’s word mean that much to us?
If God’s word is in our hearts, then we find ourselves being more like the psalmist. Meditating on the Word; taking great pleasure in the Word; while consciously choosing to never leave the Word out of our lives.
Remember, we don’t change because we know what the scriptures say; we change when we allow God’s word to be the primary or sole occupant of our hearts.
Until next week, God bless you.
Lord, we offer our hearts to you asking you to fill us with your Word, Amen.