Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Get Into God's Word

It's always interesting to me how many mornings I'll get on google reader and start to skim through the mornings blogs and a recurring theme will start to emerge. This morning it came from a song, a blog post and a short video clip on the Word of God.

On Desiring God's blog David Mathis gave a word of encouragement to seminary students about staying in the Word not only for their studies but also for daily nourishment. While most of us reading this aren't seminary students, and neither am I, it still applies to us. I really appreciated this analogy based off a Jerry Seinfeld sketch:

When his wildly successful sitcom ended, Seinfeld went on a nationwide stand-up comedy tour called “I’m Telling You for the Last Time.” The routine was recorded for compact disc (remember those?) at New York’s Broadhurst Theater in August of 1998. At the end is a question-and-answer segment, where a zealous fan shouts, “Do you have favorite Seinfeldepisode?”

Seinfeld answers,

I get this question quite often. I don’t really have a favorite; they’re all kind of my babies. I did the best I could with each one. [Audience applauds.]

You know, comedy is kind of a survival industry. Comedians are very much into just surviving. It’s like if I were to ask you, “What is your favorite breath of air that you’ve ever taken?” You would say, “Whichever one I’m taking that gets me to the next one.” That’s kind of the mindset.

And that kind of mindset, alongside others, is a wise one for the seminary student (indeed, every Christian) to embrace. That you took a deep breath an hour ago won’t be much appreciated unless you’re still breathing. A great meal a month ago won’t do you much good if you haven’t eaten since. And delighting in God through taking in his word isn’t an annual, monthly, or even weekly event for the healthy Christian, but a daily rhythm.

Next was a song, which I don't normally take time to listen to things like that that are posted on blogs but this morning I turned it on as a read through some blogs and it was amazing how it connected with what I was reading. The message is simple, but something I often forget: Your Word is a light unto my path. Its by a group I haven't heard of called Seeds Family Worship. You can give it a listen here: http://www.seedsfamilyworship.net/puritypledge/

And lastly Randy Alcorn posted on his blog a short clip from Revive Our Hearts ministry on the importance of getting into God's Word.

Randy then added this:

The fact is, you and I will become the product of what we choose to delight in and meditate upon. Psalm 1 says: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”We all meditate, and we’re all shaped by the object of our meditation. We take our attitudinal and behavioral cues from it. This week, will I be shaped by situation comedies, soap operas, and newspapers, or will I be shaped by Isaiah, Luke, A. W. Tozer, and Charles Haddon Spurgeon? It depends on how I choose to spend my time.

Psalm 1 says the one who continually meditates on God’s Word “is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither.” Trees don’t choose where to place themselves, but we do. We determine what our sources of nourishment will be, which in turn determine whether we bear fruit or wither.

Just some things that came across my blogger this morning.