Psalm 1 tells us that the person who delights in God’s word and meditates on it day and night is blessed. This person is like a tree planted by streams of water and flourishes! The winds of difficulty will not uproot what growth steadily being in the word has accomplished.
Is this you? Are you daily in the word? If so, would you go so far as to say that God’s word is your delight… that you chew on what you read in your quiet time day and night? How can we move from occasional quiet times to delightfully drinking deep in God’s word all throughout the day?
Be resolved to schedule a time to pray and to be in the word, then consider praying this “IOUS” prayer…
- Incline my heart to you, not to prideful gain or any false motive. (Psalm 119:36)
- Open my eyes to behold wonderful things in your Word. (Psalm 119:18)
- Unite my heart to fear your name. (Psalm 86:11)
- Satisfy me with your steadfast love. (Psalm 90:14)
It is right to pray these things concerning God’s word because our fallen bent is to be inclined or desiring other things, with eyes that are blind to what God’s word is saying about His glory, with a divided heart wanting to both live for Christ and ourselves, and to seek satisfaction in temporary pleasures rather than in Jesus.
As we join with the Psalmists who knew themselves and their need for God to incline, open, unite, and satisfy their hearts… a delight will rise in our souls that will move us to the word day and night!