A Passion For God’s Word
I’ve been studying Psalm 119 preparing for our mid-week Bible study. Don’t worry, it’s a summary study not verse-by-verse!
Throughout this Psalm I have been impressed with the heart-felt passion the psalmist has for the Scriptures:
“The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver.” (v 72)
“O how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.” (v 97)
“My eyes prevented (are awake before) the night watches, that I might meditate in your word.” (v 148)
These are just a few of the statements the writer makes about his love for God’s commandments.
Because of my vocation, I spend a considerable amount of my time studying in and about the Bible. I have to admit, though, studying this writer’s passion makes mine seem tepid!
Got to, or Get to?
“Your testimonies also are my delight!” (v 24)
I love how his reading/studying/meditating is not from a legalistic sense of requirement, but from a genuine desire for God’s truth. He doesn’t set his alarm and begrudgingly drag himself out of bed for an early morning Bible study – he gets up in the middle of the night because that’s what he WANTS to do!
I may spend hours studying but that doesn’t mean I love it – it might just mean I feel obligated to.
For? or About?
Even if I do study from a sense of delight, the questions I’ve begun asking myself are, “Is there a difference between a passion ABOUT the Bible and a passion FOR the Bible?” and “Do I sometimes mistake the former for the latter?”
Do I simply enjoy the intellectual stimulation and study about Scripture? or do I delight in God’s truth itself?
What do you think? Is there a difference? Have you ever found yourself passionate about the Word, but not necessarily for it?