“The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart” (Psalm 19:8).
The Holy Spirit uses God’s Word to create joy in our hearts. “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty” (Jeremiah 15:16).
“Sing them over again to me, Wonderful words of life.”—Philip P. Bliss.
In “The Book of Joy,” Sherwood Wirt says, “If the Bible gives us the wonderful words of life, joy supplies the music.” We need the joy of the Lord and the uplifting power of His Word. The joy of the Lord is our strength!
The Bible is a compass—always pointing us in the right direction. Enduring through the ages, it is filled with knowledge, assurance, promises, and challenges. It gives freedom when we feel guilt; comfort and encouragement when we are lonely or stressed; peace and assurance when we are doubtful and afraid. Our hearts are relieved, warmed, and strengthened when we fill them with His Word.
“I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your Word” (Psalm 119:16). Jesus pointed out that God’s blessings come not from just knowing the truth, but obeying it: “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them” (John 13:17). We will know the fullest expressions of His joy when we allow God to train us so that reading and obeying His Word becomes our greatest passion.
God promises in Psalm 32:8, that He will instruct and teach us—are we willing to be taught and do we have a teachable spirit? As we grow in obedience and godliness, we will require less reproof and correction. Thankfulness and praise will be our joyful song!
From the Scriptures, we receive spiritual vitality because God’s Word never returns void but accomplishes His purposes (Isaiah 55:10-11). When it encounters a receptive heart, His Word brings nourishment, refreshment, and new life because it is to a thirsty soul what water is to a barren land.
Although we might rephrase its truths from time to time, may we never try to align the Bible to satisfy ourselves—to our own way of thinking.
“Open my eyes that I may see wondrous truths in Your Word” (Psalm 119:18). Every word in the Bible is placed with a purpose, and the part we haven’t read is our buried treasure just waiting to be discovered!
The unfolding of His words gives joy and light (Psalm 119:130). May we soak in the full measure of the Spirit as His Word touches our hearts.
O Word of God incarnate, O wisdom from on high,
O Truth unchanged, unchanging, O Light of our dark sky;
We praise Thee for the radiance That from the hallowed page,
A lantern to our footsteps, Shines on from age to age.—William W. How