The Lover of God’s Word

Michael Beck

“… But my heart standeth in awe of thy word. I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.” (Psalm 119:162)

The day will soon be here when everything that interested, entertained, and enthralled mankind will no longer be available for viewing. “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof …” (1 John 2:17) Will we mourn in that day? Do we wonder what will replace such intriguing fare to satisfy our minds? Or have we already discovered something far more superior to explore and meditate upon?

The Word of God is the richest mine of wisdom and truth that remains neglected, ignored, and untapped. Of course, those who have no desire to live by the Word cannot bear to read what calls them to obedience. But what of those who claim to want to walk with God? Shouldn’t they be voracious in their desire to receive from God’s Word all the help it can give them?

A sure sign our heart is in need of reviving is our neglect of God’s Word. Going to church once or twice a week to hear a message from another is no substitute for your own digging in the Word. There is so much benefit in knowing scripture. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16) We sadly deceive ourselves if we think we know the Book well enough to search it no further. The Psalmist was continually in pursuit of more light and deeper understanding. “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” (Ps. 119:18)

Whether you have been saved for five months or fifty years, God’s Word should be the rejoicing of your heart. “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart” (Jer. 15:16) What this world offers you is all passing away; there is nothing of real substance or benefit to it. Heaven and earth will pass away, but the Word of God will endure forever.

Invest yourself in the eternal. Feed your spirit. Treasure God’s Word for the eternal treasure it is. There is so much more in its pages for you to absorb.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.