Making God’s Word a Delectable Feast

Are you still hungry for God’s word? It is my conviction that the more we read and study, the more God’s word would become a delight to us. After all, Jesus said, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (Jn. 6:63). Warren Wiersbe in his devotional commentary said, “The goal of all study is a knowledge of Jesus Christ and of yourself. Psalm Nineteen verses 7-11 tell you what the Bible can do for you if only you will read it, meditate on it, and obey it. The better you understand your Bible and obey it, the more you will appreciate God’s creation and the better you will understand yourself and others. God’s Word is the basic book. Open each day beholding God’s glory in Jesus Christ (Ps. 19:1). Enter each day with the devotion of a bridegroom and the determination of an athlete (Ps. 19:4, 5). At the end of the day, what you have done will please Him (Ps. 19:14).” It is my prayer that each one of us will make the time to read, study, meditate and enjoy God’s word. As we do, we will find that His word is as delectable, delicious and delightful as the prophet Jeremiah had discovered: “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts” (Jer. 15:16). How do we feast on God’s delectable Word? From Psalm One, we could detect the following: Before we could delight in God’s Word, we must first depart from the path of evil (Ps.1:1). To depart from evil means that we must stop considering sin (walking); contemplating sin (standing); and being comfortable with sin (sitting). “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Ps.119: 11). Often sin will ruin our appetite for God’s Word. Secondly, we must delight in His word. When we truly delight in the Word, we will desire to meditate on it and make it part of our life (Ps. 1:2). In Psalm 119, the Psalmist connects ‘delight’ and ‘meditate’ together (Ps.119:15-16, 23-24, 47-48, 77-78). To meditate is to recall all that God has said and done. Meditation includes audible recitation, and it is to be done continually, "day and night." As we meditate on God’s word, we are digesting His Word in our inner spiritual life. Finally, we must depend on God’s word for our spiritual growth (Ps. 1:3). As our spiritual root goes deep into the rich resources of the Word, we will bear fruit as His life is being reproduced in us.

“For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 1:8).

Let us then cultivate an appetite for the Word.

Rev. Mark Tay