THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A young man ran away from home at age 15.
He viewed his father's "rules" as restrictive and demeaning.
Three years later, he heard that his father died.
He returned home for the funeral, and was received with open arms.
At the reading of the will, there was read a lengthy description of the young man's wayward ways which had been written by his father.
The young man became angry, and ran stomping from the room!
Again, the young man returned home about 3 years later.
He found that his father had left him a vast inheritance!
41 Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.
42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.
43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.
44 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.
45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
46 I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.
47 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.
48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.
So many Christians are like the young man above.
They fail to study God's Word, and miss the vast "inheritance" of freedom in the Word!
"The wages of sin is death;..."
But the GIFT of GOD is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord!!" (Rom 6:23)
When God saves us, He begins to pour out mercy "exceeding abundantly, above all that we ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20).
Salvation is all about a relationship with God.
That relationship includes His continual blessings of loving "mercies" upon the soul (verse 41).
BECAUSE God continues to work within our being when we are saved there are some wonderful results.
1) We have an "answer" for those who belittle Christ and His people (verse 42).
2) The "Word of truth" is continually in our mouths (verse 43).
3) We desire to "keep" God's Word (verse 44).
4) Perhaps one of the greatest joys of the Christian is that He walks in "LIBERTY!" (verse 45) ((see also Romans 8:1-2.))
Walking WITH God reminds us of our FREEDOM from the "law of sin and death."
5) The Christian is unafraid to speak of God's truths in any setting (verse 46).
6) The saved person takes JOY in God's Word (verse 47).
7) And, the Christian is constantly desiring to "reach for" God's Word and study it MORE! (verse 48)
Do you view God's Word as a hard to understand set of rules and restrictions?
Or do you view God's Word as an inheritance defining and encouraging your freedom in Christ?
The former is misery.
The latter is inexplicable joy!
And that joy is so exhilarating, you desire to share with others!