Monday, May 5, 2014

"We Don't Know Yet, But We Can!"

I happened across this cartoon and fell in love with it! It reminded me of one of my all time favorite verses ...Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law. Psalm 119:18  His smile. The look of joy. Doesn't he look extremely happy? How about you? Is this 'happy' look, the look on your face as you approach your daily time in the Word?

Too often people approach their time of reading the Word as a job, with an 'I have too.' attitude and make it more like a chore than a blessing!

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful, But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither, and whatever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1:1-3

This little guy's delight in the law of the Lord is apparent for all to see and I know that as he grows he will grow strong in the Lord! He will bear fruit and prosper in all his ways! Well, he would if he was a real boy and not a cartoon. I know this because the Word says it!

In Psalm 119:9-11 it says ...How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. The word heed means; to hedge about (as with thorns) to guard, to protect, attend to. How do you stay clean and grow strong in God? You take heed according to His word! You guard your ways with it. You protect and attend to them by applying it to them. What do you do when it says to repent? Repent! What about when it says to believe? Believe! And when it says to have faith in God? You have faith in God!

What about this verse? It says ...Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart! Psalm 119:2 Then you, what??? You - Be happy! Keep His testimonies. Seek Him with your whole heart! According to the Strong's, blessed in both Psalm 1 and this verse means: happiness, and it comes from a root word that means to be straight, to be level, right, happy, (fig.) to go forward, to be honest, and prosper. So what that tells me, is that those who keep His testimonies find happiness! Those who delight in His law shall be blessed!

You want to be happy and know the joy of the Lord as your strength? Love the word!

In Jeremiah 20:9 we are told that the word can be a fire in your bones. In Proverbs 4:21-22 we are told that His words are life if we will find them and that they are health to our flesh. We know from Ephesians that it is our sword of the spirit and in Psalm 119:105 it is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.We know that it is alive and active because in Hebrews it says that it is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword...and that it is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. In Acts 19:20 it says that the word grew mightily and prevailed. In John 1:14 it says that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We know that Jesus was that Word. What better way to get to know Him then by spending time in The Word!

I don't know about you but I don't think we even begin to know yet about all the ways that the Word can and will bring the blessings and provision of God in our lives.We don't know yet but we can if we do what it says in Psalm 119:97 - Love His law!

Psalm 68:19 says ...Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation!

What if we approached God's word with this heart attitude every day? What if we approached every day with an expectancy about what benefit He would load us with from His word? What new truth or revelation about Himself will He unfold? If we did that we would never have an 'I have to' or 'this is a chore mentality.' We would always have the look of our young man. We would BE and LOOK just as  "Blessed" as the young man above! 

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