A few weeks ago I had that AHA moment when I read the Bible and discovered that some lyrics to one of the songs I like actually came from that chapter.I was so excited I actually shared with a few people(never mind they weren’t as excited) and had the song on replay for awhile.Lets just say my love for that song grew on that day.The psalm am referring to is the 119th in book of psalms and to be honest I was going through it hoping to finish the number of chapters the Bible plan said I should cover on that day.Don’t get me wrong,I wasn’t studying it in a hurry to finish.I actually perused through that chapter a couple of times that week but the verses that caught my attention made me realize something was lacking.Verses like :
(Psa 119:47) And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.
Psa 119:72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
Psa 119:127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
Psa 119:162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
These are just a few of the verses and clearly the psalmist finds so much joy in the word of God and is full of praises .He compares the word to gold and silver and says it’s of far much more value.He talks about how He finds peace and joy in Gods statutes and commandments and how he believes the word to be true and hopes in it.He goes on and on and is basically implying the word of God is His life.In verse 97 the psalmist even talks about meditating upon the word of God the whole day.I got the impression that he didn’t just read or meditate on the word because of what he got from it but he found great pleasure and joy in doing so.Which lead me to the question,what’s the Importance of delighting/rejoicing/making mirth/finding joy/being cheerful in God,His word and the things of His kingdom?Is it necessary?
I know that feeling of being excited and thrilled about studying the word and approaching it with so much expectation and ending with the conviction that I just have to share with someone the revelations revealed.But I also know that that is not me everyday.best believe sometimes I find myself going reading the Bible the same way i study med books.What i got from the Bible that made me believe that we have been called to enjoy God and his kingdom include the parable of the hidden treasure in
Matthew 13.44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. And
Romans 14:7 For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit;
The psalmist also reminds me of Mat 6:21-22 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
So,in my quest I ended up watching a series of sermons by John Piper where I learnt that there area couple of things that prevent us from delighting in God’s word and His kingdom.Things such as physical exhaustion,lack of planning ,unconfessed sins etc .Piper gave a personal example of the Diligent and continual prayer He makes using the following verses before studying the word:
Incline my heart to thy testimonies,and not to gain psalms 119:18
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. Psalms 119:18
Unite my heart to fear thy name. Psalms 86:11
Satisfy us in the morning with thy steadfast love psalms 90:14
So now i find it necessary to delight in God..To find joy in His word,His commandments.To rejoice in being the people God has called us to be.To enjoy our God given purpose and the path He has set before us.Lets endeavor to enjoy/rejoice/find joy in/be cheerful/make mirth/delight in God and His kingdom today.
The Spirit gives us eyes to see the beauties of Jesus that call joy up out of our hearts.