Delight (11 September 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

Show me your love
and save me, Lord,
    as you have promised.
 Then I will have an answer
for everyone
    who insults me
    for trusting your word.
 I rely on your laws!
    Don’t take away my chance
    to speak your truth.
 I will keep obeying your Law
    forever and ever.
 I have gained perfect freedom
    by following your teachings,
     and I trust them so much
    that I tell them to kings.
 I love your commands!
    They bring me happiness.
 I love and respect them
    and will keep them in mind.

Psalm 119: 41-48

Reflect:

Sometimes we read the Bible in the same way we eat vegetables; without much pleasure and because we know it is good for us. We can see it as a discipline and a duty. But the Psalmist claims the Bible is a source of happiness (119:47). If we look again at the verses that precede that slightly surprising statement, maybe it will make more sense.

The Word of God reminds him of God’s love and promises (v.41); he can trust it and rely on it (v. 42,3); by living in accordance with its teachings, he has experienced freedom (v.45). His love and respect for the Bible is understandable.

Respond:

What has been your experience of reading the Bible? Make a list of the ways it has shaped, enriched, or changed your life. Ask God to increase your enjoyment in his word.

Midday Meditation:

'He knew that “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also,” which is precisely why he commanded his followers: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth” (Matt. 6:21, 19). He is not saying that the heart should or should not be where the treasure is. He is stating the plain fact that wherever you find the treasure, you will find the heart.'

(Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth)
 

Evening Reflection:

Lord, thank you for your Word, through which you reveal yourself and your good purposes for your creation. Thank you for the wealth of wisdom, truth and experience available in its pages. Give me joy when I come to read the Bible, and let it be my greatest treasure. Amen.

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