Chewing on God’s Word

May 28, 2020

Read Psalm 33:4-7

“For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses.”


Reflect

In what ways is the Word of the Lord upright? How does receiving God’s Word draw us into a deeper relationship with Him?

Eugene H. Peterson is a Bible scholar who spent a big part of his life translating Scripture into a user-friendly version we know as The Message. Take a look at what he says about receiving Scripture into our minds: “Words spoken or written to us under the metaphor of eating, words to be freely taken in, tasted, chewed, savored, swallowed, and digested, have a very different effect on us from those that come at us from the outside, whether in the form of propaganda or information.” (Eugene H. Peterson, Eat This Book, Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006, pp. 10-11.)

In other words, receiving Scripture is much more than an information-gathering pursuit. In fact, Bible study alone will not give us eternal life. Remember the Pharisees in Jesus’ day? They often memorized entire texts, yet they failed to experience the truths found in God’s Word. “It is a subtle temptation to prefer the book to the Author,” Henry T. Blackaby warns. “A book will not confront you about your sin; the Author will. Books can be ignored; it is much harder to avoid the Author when He is seeking a relationship with you.” (Henry T. Blackaby, Experiencing God Day-by-Day, Nashville: Broadman & Holman, © 1998, 110.)

Instead, receiving God’s Word daily is all about metabolizing God’s life-giving words. We allow His message to become ours; we invite His life to surge through us. The goal is to know Jesus better, to walk with Him, to become like Him ... to have a deeper relationship with Him.

The Scriptures help us to do this.

 
Pray

Lord, I want Your life to surge through me. Help me to receive and metabolize Scripture every day. Amen.

 


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How do we go about metabolizing God's life-changing words? What does that look like?
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Oh, Lord Jesus....help me to be more like you. To Love like you and show compassion towards others. Thank you for working in my life and moulding me into who you want me to be. We are called to be a light to this Earth! Let your light shine! Let the Love of God penetrate your heart and ignite in this world! Amen!!
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Amen!!!
Amen ! Hallelujah Father God and Lord Jesus! You saved my life and freed me from the bondage of sin ! Thank you and I love you ! Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119:11
Lord, in our weakness, inspire to know you through your Word and to do those things that you ask us. In Jesus name. Pastor Bob
By reading the Bible, not only we understand but to follow the teaching and practice.
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Instead of just reading God's Word, I need to study it and meditate on His Word. I need to trust in His Word. Enjoyed reading this devotional today.
I really want to desaire the Word of God as a priority in my life.
Your pray Jesus loves to answer yes and amen!
Open my eyes Lord to your hands at work about us this day.
I thank God for his words
Spirit of the living God, as I read the Word, provoke my conscience and stir my mind to ways I can walk more faithfully with God. I want to: "Delight in the law of the Lord, and to meditate on it day and night". Ignite my heart! In Jesus' name. Amen!