As we prepare our hearts for the coming Lord’s Day (2/25/17), my thoughts turn toward a passage in the Psalms that Dr. David Jeremiah shared with me in an inscription in my Bible. Join me in the 19th Psalm…
“Psalm 19:7-11Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
7 The instruction of the Lord is perfect, renewing one’s life; the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, making the heart glad; the command of the Lord is radiant, making the eyes light up. 9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are reliable and altogether righteous. 10
They are more desirable than gold—than an abundance of pure gold; and sweeter than honey,
which comes from the honeycomb. 11 In addition, your servant is warned by them; there is great reward in keeping them.”
At first this psalm may seem a little dry but, in reality, it is triumphant; a psalm of delight in the words of the Lord. The word of God is better than profits/success in business and better than rich delightful food. God’s holy word is a delight to our soul because it is our source of Divine Revelation so that we may have our relationship with our creator. More importantly, God’s word is our delight because it reflects the majesty of our Lord; it was given to us for His glory.
When we come together for corporate worship, the Word is central (singing hymns full of scripture and good theology, congregational reading, and preaching) for two reasons: 1. To understand the God we love and how to relate to Him 2. To help us to focus on His glory. As you worship, be mindful that everything that exists is for God’s pleasure and His glory and our chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
Let us pray:
YHWH, our God, Your word delights our soul. It is our pleasure to worship you and to give you glory. Grant, please, that we would hunger for more of your word even as we hunger more for you. We ask it in Christ’s Name and for His glory. Amen