Friday, December 27th, 2013
The Straight Up Word (Part 9)
A King Like David
The Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The Testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
The Statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The Commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The Judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by Them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping Them there is great reward.
Psalm 19:7-11 (NKJV)
Everyone admires King David: the son overlooked by his family, the shepherd who took down a lion, the runt who toppled a giant, the performer who played for a king, the warrior who defeated his enemies, the fugitive who hid out in caves, the depressed who cried out in misery...
The victim who refused revenge, the king who united Israel, the lover who made a mistake, the father who endured betrayal, the author of most of the Psalms--and an ancestor in the Bloodline of Jesus. Through it all, King David remained a man after God's Own Heart.
But how did he endure such a turbulent life, commit two show-stopping mistakes--and remain God's beloved: the hero of Israel? By the Word of God. David clung to It: like a child to his father, like a rich man to his money, like a king to his crown... and like a dying man to a Life-Preserver. Because he was and It is.
If you want a piece of this Rock, the unfailing, supreme Power of the universe, open the cover to God's Treasure Chest and dig into It. Eat It. Drink It: the straight up Word of God. Do it without man's processing, pasteurizing, artificially-laced interpretations.
Discussing God's Word is a good thing. Much can be learned from a good teacher. Meditating on God's Word is a great thing. More can be learned from the best Teacher: His Holy Spirit. Directly hearing, reading and speaking God's Word is the most important thing.
Because It changes you from the inside out: from the heart to the head to the mouth, hands and feet. It also moves beyond you and changes the circumstances of your life.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Straight Up Word series.