Biblical Inspiration for You to Love the Word of God

By Frank King 

Animated clock holding up a copy of the Word of God

In my personal Bible study, I am currently studying the book of Psalms. One of my favorite psalms is Psalm 119, which also happens to be the longest of the psalms. In it, the psalmist talks about his love for the Word of God.

Actually, the writer of Psalm 119 does not reveal himself. It’s probably assumed by most Christians that David is the author of Psalm 119. One, because many believe David wrote the entire book of Psalms which he did not. Two, because the psalmist seems to love God as David did.

I believe that if anyone needs some inspiration to love the Word of God, she will find serious encouragement in Psalm 119.

But can we love the Word of God in this twenty-first century as the psalmist did in his day? This I ask because the Bible is in such great supply these days. It seems to me that the Bible and the Word of God in other platforms such as preaching, streaming and podcasting are so readily available to us that many may fail to value the Word of God like they should.

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I Fear for You if You’re Not Growing an Insatiable Hunger to Return to Church

I don’t consider myself to be an emotionally-driven man, nor does anyone who knows me personally. My wife has quipped that I can have the emotional equivalency of a rock, where my mom has oft retorted with the Vulcan greeting when she’s heard my thoughts on a particularly emotionally charged matter. In one sense this has proved to be an incredible asset, as I can brush off nearly anything that would cause many others to be rightfully upset. I get over pains quickly. I can think through issues quickly rather than simply react out of impulse. I don’t get anxious over things. I am able to reconcile the truth of the Scriptures with my circumstances rather quickly as well.

Yet what could be said to be a strength is also perhaps my greatest weakness. I have had to learn how to sympathize with people who struggle with regulating their emotions. I can often appear aloof or cold-hearted when I approach issues that I have already worked out in my own head. It isn’t that people are even necessarily in disagreement with what I have to say, but rather, they often just need to take more time to process through something emotionally than I. That can be a real point of contention when you approach things purely on rationalistic grounds, especially when sometimes a simple hug and word of encouragement will do better than anything else.

I am also fully aware that emotions are a gift from God that ought not be squashed down simply because they can be deceptive and misleading. What this looks like on a practical level for me is that I can often approach my relationship with God as a theological enterprise rather than an experiential one. I believe the former is greater than the latter, we must know God rightly to relate to Him rightly—but I recognize God has not revealed Himself for the purpose of simply engaging the mental faculties. He has revealed Himself to us so that we might know and love Him. If my theological mind does not engage God alongside my devotional heart and soul, I am certainly not loving God with all my being, and thereby in disobedience to the Greatest Commandment.

I’m not what I’d call an emotional man in the least bit, but I believe I’ll cry when we are finally able to gather with the saints again in the household of the Lord. I miss my family in Christ a tremendous amount. I miss being able to shake hands with the men of the church and inquire how they’ve been doing. I’ve been trying to connect with some through the phone, but it just isn’t the same. I miss hearing the children sing loudly and out of tune, and hearing moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, singles and marrieds alike as well. I feel the absence of partaking in the Lord’s Supper with my brothers and sisters. Perhaps most of all, I miss sitting under the preached Word and, as my elder’s wife put it, hearing the faithful turn their pages to open up the Scriptures and follow along. Yet I also deeply regret not being able to meet with some of the men as I was on weekday mornings and our small group on Wednesday nights.

I’m not what I’d call an emotional man, but I am growing increasingly frustrated with the situation at hand. In a sense, you might call it: a foreboding incompleteness that is growing. Perhaps the pinnacle of this was on Easter Sunday. The family climbed out of bed and got dressed for my pastor’s live-streamed study. We could type in a “hello” to the members of our church, and as great as that is, it frankly sucks. For the past two years we’ve been part of a “celebration service” with a recent church plant. We gather together to celebrate our broader body in the Midwest and have the pleasure of seeing what God is doing in the people of this plant. We see old friends, make new ones, and witness wonderful testimonies of God’s grace as newly converted Christians rise and make a proclamation of their faith in Christ. We sing many, theologically-rich songs and hear the Word exposited, and then we go on our way.

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Who Will Separate Us From The Love Of Christ?

Many Christians love the last portion of Romans 8, starting with verse 28. There just seem to be so many quotables in that passage.

Verse 28 itself is one of the all-time favorites, though too many people misquote it or misunderstand it. At one point the prevailing notion was, “All things work for good for people who love God.”

What the verse actually says is, “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” In other words, there might be some “not very good things” that God causes to work together for good to those called by Him, chosen by Him, committed to Him, obedient to Him.


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Who Are You Overlooking on Your Emmaus Road Experience?

lightstock_88429_small_byrene_haney      “Can’t see your nose in front of your face “

Idiom Meaning – Being oblivious to something obvious, in clear view.
On the Road to Emmaus Jesus had His faithful disciples not recognize him.  It is easy to focus on the disciples short-comings.

To see the disciples as men with a weak faith or just too spiritually dense to be effective witnesses. Why were the disciples unable to see the obvious?  Jesus is right there in front of their face, and they can’t see him.  Could the answer also be obvious?

A Cultural Blindness.

“That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.” (ESV Luke 24:13-15)

Early in the Easter story account, we know that God used the witness of the women at the tomb to broadcast the news that, “Christ, is Risen!”  In that period of history, women were not allowed to testify in a Roman court because they were considered by the men of that time to be untrustworthy witnesses.

I love how God turns man-made customs and rules on their head.  In all four of the accounts in the Gospels, the people who gave witness to the resurrection were not the fear-filled faithful male followers, but women. Society’s second-class citizens were given the honor to announce to the world that God keeps His promise and has rescued Israel.

Is it possible that what contributed to the disciple’s spiritual density is that they were reacting to the societal norms of rejecting the untrustworthy witness of the women?
What is causing you blindness in your Emmaus road journey?  What group of people in your life (if they were the ones God called to tell you Christ is risen) would you struggle to find reliable?

But the disciples did something right in this story.
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