THE LOVE OF THE WORD
My soul keeps Your testimonies, and I love them exceedingly. Psalms 119:167 NKJV
It was a big, wide-margin Bible, and it lay open on the desk of Dwight L. Moody, in his home in Northhampton, Massachusetts. Moody was perhaps the greatest American evangelist of the 19th century, one who spoke in tongues in an age when few did and preached to millions. The Bible’s owner had written in it with lined notes in pencil in the wide margins. The notes were still legible, having been written in a beautiful cursive script that was as remarkable for its clarity as it was for its content.
I turned to the front page to see if the owner had inscribed his name there. He had – Charles H. Spurgeon of London, England. Yes, ‘that’ C.H. Spurgeon, whose devotionals greet me every time I open my Biblesoft computer program. What you love will endure, and will create a legacy for others to discover long after you are promoted to glory…
Do you love God’s Word? It’s a very simple, yet deeply profound question that must be answered by all who would call themselves friends of the King. Jesus said, if you love Me, keep (guard, watch over, observe and apply) My commandments, meaning that if we will truly love Him, we will love and apply His word. Jesus equated the love for Himself with our relationship to His Word. Simple, yet deeply profound…
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 NKJV
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 NKJV
Both Jesus and the written Word are the LOGOS, the Word of God, the communication of God. Both reveal the Father. Jesus said, he who has seen Me has seen the Father. The Word of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit, glorifies Jesus and reveals the love, majesty, and holiness of the Father. The words of the Word are spirit and life…
Do you treasure God’s Word? I have every bible I have ever owned, except the one that was stolen in Zimbabwe. My first bible was my constant companion after I got saved. I even dried it out and kept it after it was floating in the ocean after one day at the beach. It was planted in the foundation of our house, in a box from Africa, with a picture of people receiving the Holy Spirit, and a knitted cross. So, I can say, my house is built on the Word of God.
The Word of God is immensely practical. The Word gives life, light, and understanding to every life situation. The Word of God leads us to prosperity!
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law, he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper. Psalms 1:1-3 NKJV
In my observation, all the great men and women of God down through the ages have had two things in common – they loved God and His Word, and they prayed intensely. Otherwise, they might be as different as snowflakes!
How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
Psalms 119:9 NKJV
It was early morning, and the giant tractor began to plow into the virgin half-acre of ground that we had just purchased. Thorns, thistles, briers even small trees fell before its blade as it cleared the ground where our house would be built. By evening, the ground was prepared for construction.
The Word of God is like that tractor. It plows up unbelief, and deeply rooted fears, in the mind and the heart of the believer. It crushes the power of sin and addiction and prepares the ground for a home for the King. It is quite reasonable to realize that 95% or more of the mental and emotional turmoil we suffer could be completely alleviated by the deep, rich presence of the Word of God. What do you feed your soul?
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Matthew 12:34 NKJV
I can sit with any man, anywhere, for ten minutes and tell you why his life is the way it is. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love death, or love life, will eat the fruit thereof. What we have in our hearts, which we will speak, is what we have in our lives. Don’t you want the blessings of God? Then you must fill your heart with them from the Word of God.
I once met with a group of bishops. They were sour, long-faced, and negative in their conversations. I asked them how many of them read five chapters of the Word of God daily. Not one hand went up! I laid into them and told them exactly what I thought God wanted them to hear. These were leaders of God’s people, but they had no answers, no joy, no fruit because they did not love the Word of God!
Dear ones, love is a choice, a decision. You and I must choose to love His Word and follow it wholeheartedly. Remember that Jesus equated love for Him by our relationship to His Word. Won’t you join me in declaring, I love God’s Word!
Remember dear ones, we must be about our Father’s business…