Monday, November 28, 2011

Oh How Sweet

13 of 22 from Psalm 119

Psalms 119:97-104  MEM. O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.  (98)  Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.  (99)  I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.  (100)  I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.  (101)  I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.  (102)  I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.  (103)  How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!  (104)  Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

            In reading scripture there are times that it is difficult for me to say God’s Word is sweet.  When God is chastising me (and He does,) I regret what I have done that causes the need for chastisement.  King David also knew of God’s chastisement.  In every case, we find King David sorrowfully repentant.  (It is those times when I recognize my sin displayed before me that I have a problem discerning “How sweet are thy words.”)
            Yet, as we delve into God’s Word looking for His Wisdom and His Direction, (with our seeking heart,) we find “How sweet are thy words.”  God never wants us to be alone, separated from Him.  That is why He has given us The Holy Bible, God’s inerrant, infallible Word.  As we read and study His Word, we can find that God will give us “more understanding than all my teachers” and in that understanding, we will grow in His Wisdom.

1 Corinthians 1:21  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

Before we accepted Jesus The Christ as our personal Saviour, our wisdom was “the wisdom of the world.”  By hearing God’s Word preached, and through individual study, we gain God’s Wisdom.

Romans 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Our individual growth in the Lord depends on faithful attendance in Sunday School and Church.  How else can we grow?  Neither you nor I can learn it on our own.  It can only be learned with the power of The Holy Spirit unto God.  Christ gave us The Holy Spirit for this very purpose, teaching us what He would want us to know.  (The Holy Spirit will not always convict us of our direction if we are not faithfully under His Word.)
            Our Psalmist (believed to be King David) through “my [his] meditation” was able to walk more closely to God.  He was able to fend off the ones who would give false testimony and temptations before him.
            We as Christians must endeavor to do as our Psalmist, and seek God’s Ways, seek His Wisdom.  In doing this, we will have a much better testimony and a much better walk.  Our “worldly wisdom” will grow toward “Godly Wisdom.”
            “Reader, are you faithfully attending “Church,” a Church that Preaches God’s Word?  Are you hearing the preaching with your heart?  Do you read your Holy Bible with the same fervor you would read a Novel?  Is your heart open to God’s Will in your life?” 
            “If you are not sure, repent of your failings today.  Ask Jesus to forgive you.  Then, (only after repenting, and prayer) get busy for the Lord.  Do His bidding, and see how mighty in His Word and Wisdom you will grow.”

Bro John R. E Chastain
Retired Pastor
Wylie, Texas   Fundamental Thoughts

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