by Laurie Aker
God’s ways are not our ways; His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Spending time immersing ourselves in His Word and meditating upon it truly transforms our hearts, our minds, and our lives. David clearly under- stood this. God affirms this in Psalm 1:1-3: “Blessed is the man [whose] . . . delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” If we are to truly seek the Lord earnestly, we must be willing to make the investment. So make it your course to seek Him earnestly. Go forth by faith in God’s grace, trusting in God’s ways and not man’s, and reap a bountiful harvest! Underline the key points in the passage below regarding God’s Word and then answer the questions.
Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants. If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life. I am yours; save me, for I have sought your precepts. The wicked lie in wait to destroy me, but I consider your testimonies. I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad. Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word. I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. (Ps. 119:89-104)
Quietly meditate on these verses. Consider what God is saying about His Word. Where are we to find our delight? What do you delight in? Are you seeking earnestly after God to find your delight in Him?
This blog post is an excerpt from the Thistlebend Discipleship Study Falling in Love Again with Your Lord available here.