With Valentine’s Day being this month, I thought it would be good to share about how a love for God’s Word is so important. I cherish and relish God’s Word. It, along with prayer, is one of the main tools God has given us to experience His presence and to hear His voice. What could be better than that!
I always pray before opening my Bible that His indwelling Holy Spirit will open my spiritual eyes to see Jesus and to know Him more. He has been faithful to do so each time. When I place the Bible in my hands in preparation of opening it, I anticipate communing with “Love” Himself. In 1 John 4:8 it says that “God is Love.” The written Word of God reveals this God of Love. That is why I have such a love for God’s Word, for it provides an entrance right into the throne room of God.
The concept of love is so distorted by mankind and even some may place romantic overtones to what I am saying about my love in regard to God and His Word. How sad for some to even think this way. I am not talking about a romantic love with God, but an agape love that flows from God Himself. A love that was demonstrated to us through the sacrificial death of Jesus and a love that we come to understand more and more through God’s Word. Furthermore, I have a love for God’s Word because of what is expressed in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” What servant of God does not need this? How can you not have a love for God’s Word?
May we never be flippant about opening the Word of God. May we love and cherish His Word as the Psalmist in Psalm 119. He expresses it well:
Vs. 46-48 – “I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. And I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love. My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on Your statutes.”
Vs. 97 – “O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.”
Vs. 113 – “I hate the double-minded, but I love Your law.”
Vs. 127 – “Therefore I love Your commandments above gold, yes, above fine gold.”
Vs. 140 – “Your word is very pure; therefore Your servant loves it.”
Vs. 159 – “Consider how I love Your precepts; revive me, O LORD, according to Your lovingkindness.”
Vs. 163 – “I hate and abhor lying, but I love Your law.”
Vs. 167 – “My soul keeps Your testimonies, and I love them exceedingly.”
Let us have the same attitude towards God’s Word as the Psalmist and know that every time we open a Bible, we are communing with God who is love.
Happy Valentine’s Day!