Friday, February 10, 2012

Delighted...(Not always delightful!)

I will delight myself in Your statutes;
I will not neglect Your word.
Psalm 119:16

I am a forever-student of the Bible.

I do delight in God's Word. 

But it should go without saying ~ that doesn't mean that I am always delightful! 

I can be crotchety.  Sometimes I Scoo-ka-ma-bob-a.  I have even been known to become Unglued.   

His Word is truth and life.  I know that with my whole heart.  His Words are on my lips because I desperately need them myself.  Apart from Him, our hearts are desperately wicked.  “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9)

I honestly believe that His truths, when soaked into our hearts and lived out through our actions and responses, are the only thing that will truly minister to all of us. 

May my tongue sing of Your word,
for all Your commands are righteous.
Psalm 119:172

God's Word, His written expression of Himself, is central to me because of my own awareness of my desperate heart.  Life is challenging.  Even a blessed life is challenging.  His truths are the anchor to my soul.  "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure."  (Hebrews 6:19)

Rarely do I send a greeting card or an email to a friend without a scripture in it.  I want to write His Word on the doorframes of our hearts, homes and relationships.  "These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates."  Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Those who know and love me well know that I love His Word because it is life and I want it to judge the thoughts and attitudes of my own heart.  God is so good to have given me a husband and friends who will share a scripture with me that I need to hear.  "Your Word has given me life." (Psalm 119:50)

Because my not-always-so-delightful self delights in God's Word, some may mistakenly perceive me as pious or presume that I think I have arrived on the faith-walk journey.  Hardly.  I am broken before the Lord every day.  One of the loveliest things a friend has ever said to me is "You are broken before the Lord even when blessed."  Oh friends, if that is true at all, it is only by His grace and because I know God is God.

His Word instructs, commands, encourages, comforts, convicts.

So, as long as I have breath, I pray His Word is always my delight.  And even when I am not so delightful, I pray I always write, speak, sing and live His Word.  And I am thankful for my loving husband and sweet friends who will gently and lovingly speak His Word into my heart.   

"For the word of God is living and active.
Sharper than any double-edged sword,
it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit,
joints and marrow;
it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
Hebrews 4:12

1 comment:

Mich said...

a prayer we should all strive for