by Rev Greg Obong-Oshotse 15 January 2021
Reading: Psalm 119:9-16
Text: Proverbs 19:27 “Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.”
Text: Psalm 119:11 “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
John Bunyan, author of the classic, The Pilgrim’s Progress, wrote in the cover of his Bible: “Either this book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this book.” His entire life was one long feast on the Word of God. It’s not surprising that he was saturated with the scriptures, and his works effuses sweet drops of divine wisdom. No less a man than the great Charles Spurgeon would say of him: “Prick him anywhere—his blood is Bibline, the very essence of the Bible flows from him. He cannot speak without quoting a text, for his very soul is full of the Word of God.”
The writer of Proverbs clearly warns that he who withdraws from hearing the word will stray from the path cut out by the word into the wrong way, and from its light into the darkness of error. The Psalmist urges a devout attention to the word, carefully storing it away in the heart – the very seat of life – so that he or she will be ruled by the truth of God. Saints are consistently encouraged to spend time in the word, read it, study it, meditate on it, memorise it, and be immersed in its wisdom until their blood is bibline. Then the word will guide and guard them. They will travel safely and make a happy arrival. But the disciple who sits loosely to the word risks straying from the truth and losing its blessings: spiritual growth, divine wisdom, clear direction, and heaven.
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Prayer Dear Father may we ever love to feast on Your Word in Christ’s name, Amen