How Much Do You Value God's Word?
If we were honest, most of us would have to say that we don't value God's Word nearly as much as some of the believers living in Bible times, nor as much as those prophets (the holy men of God) whom He used to write His Word.
Do we value God's Word more than gold, silver, or riches?
Do we esteem God's Word more than our necessary food?
Do we rejoice in hearing the Word of the Lord, rejoice in hearing His voice speak to us through the pages of the sacred Scriptures?
Do we value God's Word as much as King David and the other Psalmists?
Psalms 19:7-10 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Like the Psalmist who penned Psalm 119, do you:
hide God's Word in your heart (verse 9)
believe it (verse 66)
choose it (verse 173)
keep it (verses 8, 17, 22, 33, 34, 44, 55-57, 60, 63, 67, 69, 88, 101, 106, 115, 129, 134, 145, 146, 167, 168)
meditate on it (verses 78, 148)
remember it (verses 16, 52, 55, 83, 93, 109, 141, 153, 176)
long for it (verses 20, 40, 82, 123, 131, 174)
delight in it (verses 16, 24, 35, 47, 70, 77, 92, 143, 174)
rejoice in it (verses 111, 162)
hope in it (verses 49, 74, 81, 114, 147)
take comfort from it (verses 50, 52)
yea, in fact love it (verses 48, 113, 119, 127, 140, 159, 163, 165, 167)?
Psalms 119:14 I have rejoiced in the way of Thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
Psalms 119:30-32 I have chosen the way of truth: Thy judgments have I laid before me. I have stuck unto Thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame. I will run the way of Thy commandments, when Thou shalt enlarge my heart.
Psalms 119:54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
Psalms 119:97-100 O how love I Thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through Thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for Thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Thy precepts.
Psalms 119:103 How sweet are Thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Do we value God's Word as much as the Patriarch Job?
Job 23:11-12 My foot hath held His steps, His way have I kept, and not declined. Neither have I gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.
Do we value God's Word as much as the Prophet Jeremiah?
Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by Thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
Do we value God's Word as much as King Solomon (the New Testament church/believers are pictured in the inspired song he wrote), John the Baptist and all those that truly know Jesus' voice?
Song of Solomon 2:8-10 The voice of my Beloved! behold, He cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My Beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, He standeth behind our wall, He looketh forth at the windows, shewing Himself through the lattice. My Beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, My love, My fair one, and come away.
Do we leave the hustle and bustle of this busy world behind and spend time with the Lord, listening to His voice speaking to us through the Word of God? Is His voice (His Word) precious to us?
John 3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth Him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
John 10:3-5, 27 To Him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear His voice: and He calleth His own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when He putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me:
Do we value God's Word as much as the Gospel writers and Jesus in His temptations?
Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Do we value God's Word as much as the Apostle Peter?
1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
2 Peter 1:3-4 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
God's Word contains in it all that we need for our spiritual life. It is to be our counsel, our comfort, our hope, our spiritual food, our song, our delight, our nourishment for daily growth. Is it yours?
God wants you to hear His voice through the Scriptures. Are you listening?
How much do you value God's Word?
Written September 18th, 2004
While the above study looked at how much we valued God's voice - His Word - the following study gives the opposite side of the coin - How much does God value hearing our voice?
Arise, And Come Away
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