Crave the word

When a Christian’s heart is right before God, he craves the Bible.  This is the right mindset that we are to have.  We’ll take a look at a couple places to see this.  First, Psalm 119 says,

9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. 

10 With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! 

11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. 

12 Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me your statutes! 

13 With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth. 

14 In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. 

15 I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. 

16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. – Psalm 119:9-16

Would that we would love the word like this psalmist does!  He guards his heart according to it, he stored it in his heart so that he wouldn’t sin against God, he asks God to not let him wander from it, he asks God to teach it to him, he declares it with his mouth, he delights in it, meditates on it, fixes his eyes on it, commits to not forget it.  He loves the word of God.  It’s God’s word itself.  It is Him speaking.  How could we not delight?

The second place we’ll look is in 1 Peter:

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation- – 1 Peter 2:2

The spiritual milk here is talking about biblical truth.  And we are to long for it like newborn infants do.  You’ve seen how infants react when they don’t get the milk they long for.  

Oh, would that we would crave the word of God like a baby craves milk!  Babies love milk.  Babies need milk.  We need the word—that much is true.  May we also love the word and love it so much that we would crave it continually.  Without the word, we cannot grow up into salvation.

If you’re a Christian and you don’t crave the word, there might be a few reasons why:

1. You have a besetting sin you have not repented of.  And since that’s the case, your flesh would have you hide from God and not desire His things.  Be comforted, sheep.  God is merciful, and if you confess your sins to Him in this moment, He is faithful and just to cleanse you and restore your delight in Him. 

2. You haven’t really enjoyed the word before.  It’s hard to crave a delicious medium rib-eye steak if you’ve never tried it before.  Here’s a challenge for you.  Start reading heartily.  Maybe start in the book of Luke or Acts or Romans.  You’ll see what we’re talking about. 

3. You used to enjoy the word, but you’ve gotten away from it.  When people get into running, they start to really enjoy it.  Eventually, they feel the urge to run every day.  But once the holidays come around and they stop running, they forget the joy they derived from it and don’t pick it up again.  Friend, start running again.  Go back to the word and remember how delightful it is. 

Brothers and sisters, what a marvelous gift to us is the word of God.  May we continually learn to love it and crave it. 

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