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This Sunday at Church: Delight in God’s Word at Church
August 11, 2019 by SLIMJIM
This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Delight in God’s Word at Church.
I was struck how many times the verb “delight” appear in Psalm 119 in talking about God’s Word. Nine times it talks about delighting in God’s Law!
So when we go to church among the many reasons why we go it should be with the desire of going there to delight in God’s Word. Delight in God’s Word being preached by the Pastor in the pulpit. But also delight in God’s Word being read during Scripture reading! Also delight in God’s Word being taught in Sunday School, Bible Study or Small Group on Sunday. Delight in God’s Word as a means of worshiping God!
How do you know you are delighting in God’s Word this Sunday?
You delight in God’s Word when you love God’s Word: “I shall delight in Your commandments, Which I love” (Psalm 119:47). Do you light in God’s Word? How do you tell? You actually love God’s Word. You find it fascinating. You are in awe at the content in Scripture. Though you might struggle to read it and have moments of weakness yet at the end of the day you really long for it. You love it!
You delight in God’s Word when you make it a point to remember it: “I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word” (Psalm 119:16). This one might require a bit more intentional discipline on our part. Go to church and take notes. Have a designated notepad to take notes on Sunday at church. This exercise helps you to remember more of what’s being taught even if you don’t go back and review your notes. But it’s also worthwhile to review your notes to remember it. Write down as much details as possible. Also write down applications that flow from God’s Word. But don’t forget to write down any of your own observation that you happen to delight in God’s Word being taught!
You delight in God’s Word when you make it a point to let it guide you:“Your testimonies also are my delight; They are my counselors.” (Psalm 119:24). Even as you hear God’s Word being taught, find delight that God’s Word is providentially being taught to guide you. What an amazing sovereign God! Delight in God’s Word as good counselors for your life.
You delight in God’s Word when you pray for God’s help to obey God’s Word: “Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it” (Psalm 119:35). Obedience is hard; it can only be by God’s grace we obey. So pray for God’s Word to delight your heart so much you want to obey Him!
You delight in God’s Word when you delight in its teaching about salvation: “I long for Your salvation, O Lord, And Your law is my delight” (Psalm 119:174). Our obedience is not driven by self-righteousness nor the motivation to earn salvation; rather salvation is by God’s grace alone through Christ’s life and works alone, through faith in the Triune God alone! You delight in God’s Word when you delight in God’s work of salvation! You long for it!
You delight in God’s Word when you have been rescued by God’s Word:“If Your law had not been my delight, Then I would have perished in my affliction” (Psalm 119:92). This verse is powerful. It presents us the counter-factual: What if the Psalmist didn’t delighted in God’s law? That means he would have perished in his affliction. But that wasn’t the case because he did delight in God’s Law. That doesn’t mean troubles and afflictions are gone when you delight in God’s Law. Hear Psalm 119:143… “Trouble and anguish have come upon me, Yet Your commandments are my delight.”
With the last point I want to take a moment with some real talk: The Church is not perfect. Over the years I have found it helpful go to church first and foremost to hear God’s Word. I love my church. I love it despite all its imperfections. I have been with my church in some dark days of its existence. I have also have felt some people can be reasons for me to struggle with loving the church. But I continued with going to church because my primary reason is to hear God’s Word. I want to hear God’s Word at church because I delight in God’s Word.
Today, this Sunday pray for God to work in your heart to delight in His Word. Pray also for the preacher and teacher to preach God’s Word to delight in God and Christ first and foremost. And listen prayerfully and with a sense of anticipation of worshipping and delighting in God!