“The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; 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. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward. Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”
Psalms 19:9-14 NKJV
There is great danger in ignoring the word of God. There are some branches of modern day Christianity that have sought to diminish the influence of Scripture, all the while proclaiming their love for Jesus. To ignore the word of God, is to ignore Jesus, who is the living word.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
John 1:1-5 NKJV
The word of God for the follower of Jesus is the North Star, the guide for every aspect of life. When Jesus left this planet, having completed the first phase of His earthly ministry, He left us a Helper, the Holy Spirit, to guide us in understanding the Scriptures. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are taught how we ought to live.
Reading Psalm nineteen was instructive in the importance of the word of God in everyday life. I can say that I have suffered the most when I have neglected the reading of the word. I begin to listen to the rumblings and desires of my flesh, and begin act out on this impulses. I have found that the seemingly best motives of the flesh are at their base destructive.
It is only by the word of God that one can move through life with all the temptations and not stumble. The word brings warnings of the consequences of disobedience and many examples of those who have gone before us. The word is full of witnesses, who have stood on the righteousness of God, and others who have refused.
As we go forth in our own journey with Lord, we have the benefit of that record, as we seek to resist the pitfalls of the world.
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, let us call out to Jesus to help us to withstand the draw of sin, and the temptations to follow our own lusts. Let us e mindful of the all warnings and heed the word with respect. Let us not be like some who have sought to diminish the word, for the times is short, and there is the opportunity for recovery is narrowing.
Let us embrace the word of God daily, praying and poring over it, that it reclaim us from the evil one from the inside out. The word is living and powerful, and has the power to examine us, looking for those things that can cause us to go a stray, and providing a constant warning.
May we be a people reflecting the glory of God into a sick and dying world. May we look to our Lord with great awe, never neglecting His glory. May we point others to the word of God as we go forth with the Gospel.
“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;”
Psalms 19:7-8 NKJV
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