Is God’s Word my delight?

January 24, 2012 — Leave a comment

B. Kowanz

I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.
Psalm 119:16

We are exploring how to create or develop a “Game Plan” for our lives as Christ-followers; a Rule of Life as it has been called for centuries.  We begin with a Game Plan for “Feeding on the Word.”

In the sermon (listen/download here), I quoted Bonhoeffer, who loved Psalm 119 and started a book of meditations on it. Some of his comments on v. 16:

God gave us the Scriptures to be read and pondered anew every day…
Why do I forget God’s word? Because I cannot yet say as the Psalm says:
“I delight in your statutes.”
I do not forget the things in which I delight!
(Works, Vol. 15, pp. 517-18)

10 times in the great Psalm of the Word – Psalm 119, the word DELIGHT is used to describe the Psalmist’s response to the revealed Teaching of God. E.g.

In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. (v.14)
If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. (v.92)

A suggested practice to do
As a way of increasing your delight in the Word, read and meditate on one 8-verse section of Psalm 119 each week-day for 4-5 weeks.

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