Oh How I Love God's Word!
07 MARCH 2021 | PRAYER & PRAISE SERVICE
Rev Chia Chin Nam
Scripture Passage: Psalm 119:97-100 (NIV)
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Summary | God’s word is all we need, and the Bible is all we need for Godliness. Do we love the scripture as the Psalmist who wrote Psalm 119 did?
Eight ways to express our love for Scripture:
- Love it deeply (v97, 159)
- Obey it faithfully (v1-8)
- Declare it confidently (v13,26)
- Trust it wholeheartedly (v42)
- Esteem it reverently (v72, 128)
- Study it diligently (v7, 12, 18, 26-27)
- Memorise it painstakingly (v11)
- Meditate on it unceasingly (v15, 23, 27, 48, 78, 97, 99, 148)
All these eight ways of studying the Bible are important. God will give us a new revelation despite the numerous times we meditate on His word. God’s word is sufficient for our lives when we meditate on it day and night, until it becomes a habit. However, meditation is not familiar to many of us. It is sometimes hard to meditate on God’s word as our minds tend to wander. Nevertheless, the time we spend on it will transform us.
Henri Nouwen who wrote Spiritual Direction, commented that the Bible is not primarily a book of information about God but of formation of the heart. Let us meet Jesus in growing intimacy through the meditation of Scripture. Meditation is the creation of space emotionally and spiritually to allow the Spirit of Christ to speak to our hearts.
To meditate on Scripture is to carefully think, reverently ponder, and prayerfully consider all that God has revealed to us. Let us meditate on God’s word not out of obligation but out of love.
Three benefits of meditating on Scripture:
1. The psalmist has become wiser than his enemies. (v98) – Wisdom is knowledge put to practical use and God gives wisdom to those He is pleased with. We will derive the most benefits when we meditate on God’s word.
2. The psalmist has more understanding than all his teachers. (v99) – The secret to the psalmist’s confidence is in his meditation of the Scripture because it provides an education not of this world, and a deeper understanding of God.
3. The psalmist has greater wisdom than those who are older. (v100) – Does wisdom always come with age? It is the spirit of God that makes you wise. Getting old does not guarantee good sense. We should ponder on God’s word in every situation.
God’s promise to those who love His Word by meditating on it daily and obeying what He has revealed through the Spirit of Christ is that they will be “like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do” (Psalm 1:3).
(Sermon Notes by Honey Vreugdewater)
PONDER | REFLECTION QUESTIONS
1. List the various ways (implied in psalm 119) to express our love for Scripture.
1a. Which have you been practising and how have they help you in your spiritual life?
1b. Which do you find difficult to put into practice and why?
2. Meditation on Scripture daily helps the psalmist to be wiser than his enemies, has more understanding than his teachers and greater wisdom than those older. How is this true for your own journey of discipleship?
3. “Wisdom does not always come with age.” What does Scripture say about this statement?
4. How has the spiritual discipline of “meditation on Scripture” help you obey God’s Word?
5. Read Psalm 1 together. Pray for one another for God’s promise to be fulfilled in your life.