The Middle of the Book

10 09 2014

 

“When you read God’s Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, ‘It is talking to me, and about me.’” –Soren Kierkegaard

Do you have a passage of Scripture that just speaks to your heart? I hope so. I pray that there is a verse, a story, a song, or picture that fires your imagination and ignites your soul. The Bible is meant to do that. It is written to dig in deep, spread its roots, and change the rhythm of our hearts. When it does that, when it comes alive, that is when we have the best chance of being awestruck by His presence and transformed by His grace.

One of the passages that has a deep hold on my heart is found in the middle of the book. Psalm 119 is the prayer of a soul that longs to saturate itself in God’s Word. The psalm rehearses the blessings of living by His Word, contains reminders about the importance of His Word, weeps in repentance over the sin that takes up residence in our lives, and speaks with an aching desire to live a life that is immersed, directed, shaped, and defined by the truths contained in His Word. It is a living, breathing picture of the kind of heart I long to have.

Psalm 119 tugs at me, and I want to share its richness with you. Written as an acrostic poem, each of its twenty-two stanzas starts with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet, unfolding into an amazing picture of someone wholeheartedly devoted to God and His Word. Studies tell us it takes twenty-one days to develop a new habit. Psalm 119 challenges us to fall in love, surrender to deep transformation, and experience overflowing joy in twenty-two stanzas.

My Jesus Resolution today is to open my heart wide to the fullness of His Word. Kierkegaard is right, The Bible isn’t a dry, historical textbook. It is the living, active Word of God. When I read its words, I am drawn into His presence and can hear the whisper of His voice. It is the most personal, intimate book I will ever read. If I am willing to open up the middle of the book, I might just find Jesus growing right in the middle of me.

 


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