10/14/W – Treasuring God’s Word

2 Samuel 4:1-5:12; John 13:21-30; Psalms 119:9-16; Proverbs 25:15

Psalms: “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping your word. I have sought you with all my heart; don’t let me wander from your commands. I have treasured your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you. Lord, may you be blessed; teach me your statutes. With my lips I proclaim all the judgments from your mouth. I rejoice in the way revealed by your decrees as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and think about your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:9-16‬ ‭CSB)

A consistent theme throughout the Bible is that if we search for the Lord God, we will find Him when we seek Him with all our heart. How do you seek the Lord with all your heart? According to the psalmist, you do so by meditating on, delighting in, and treasuring God’s word. The psalmist uses several different words to describe God’s word: word (something spoken or uttered), commandments (commands), statutes (prescribed limits, boundaries, and ordinances), judgements (righteous decisions and causes), decrees (revelations and testimonies), precepts (mandates), and ways (a course of living and acting). The word ‘delight’ here means to desire and value something so much that you are blinded to anything else. The word ‘treasured’ here means to hide something away for safe keeping… like a valuable treasure that you want to defend and protect. This is how we come to both know the Lord and keep our way pure: we meditate on, study, delight in, and treasure God’s word, will, and ways.

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