It’s February and Valentines Day is right around the corner.  It should be no surprise that the topic of this newsletter has something to do with love! The three pillars of DFC are to Worship God, Love His Word, and Build People.  Have you thought about what it means to love God’s Word? Is that something that’s true for you and me? Psalm 19:7-11 is all about loving God’s Word. Those verses were put to music in a praise song that was a staple of worship times during Bible studies in my younger days.  Check out this YouTube video and see if you know it:

Depending on your translation, you’ll find a variety of terms used to describe God’s Word in Psalm 19 including instruction, teachings, law, testimony, precepts, commandments, and judgements. These are more than synonyms; they convey a depth of intent. God’s Word is multifaceted like a beautiful diamond. There is always something new to discover. Billy Graham reminds us that “We need to encourage new believers to feed on God’s Word—it is nourishment for the soul.” I would assert that it’s not just for new believers, but we need to encourage all believers in this regard.

The Psalm goes on to describe God’s Law as perfect, trustworthy, right, pure, righteous, and endures forever. As helpful as Google can be, I doubt we would use the words perfect or pure or eternally lasting to describe our latest search results. Of all the places we look for wisdom and insight for living, God’s Word ought to be our first “go-to” resource. Charles Spurgeon commented, “Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”  It is an inexhaustible treasure.

Next, the Psalm describes the result of embracing and following God’s Word. Doing so will refresh the soul, make the simple wise, give joy to the heart, give light to the eyes. Since I’m quoting theologians, I’ll include Martin Luther who proclaimed that “…the soul can do without everything except the word of God, without which none at all of its wants are provided for.” Have you come to know God’s Word as truly satisfying your soul?

I’m about to go on a bit of a tangent, but bear with me on this… I like the phrase “kindred spirit.” Paul uses it in Philippians 2:20 (NASB), saying that only Timothy cares for the church in Philippi like he does—they are kindred spirits in this regard. The same idea is exemplified in David and Johnathan close friendship in 1 Samuel 18.

When I hear the phrase “kindred spirit,” I think of the Anne of Greene Gables novels we read with our daughter, Stephanie, when she was young. Anne uses “kindred spirit” often in reference to various relationships. One example is when she’s called upon by her friend Diana to help a sick child that needs medical attention. We pick up the story at that point along with the elderly Matthew Cuthbert who is Anne’s guardian: 

Matthew, without a word, reached out for cap and coat, slipped past Diana and away into the darkness of the yard. “He’s gone to harness the sorrel mare to go to Carmody for the doctor,” said Anne, who was hurrying on hood and jacket. “I know it as well as if he’d said so. Matthew and I are such kindred spirits that I can read his thoughts without words at all.”

So, what is the connection between “kindred spirits” and loving God’s word? Someone has said that the primary purpose of reading the Bible is not to know the Bible but to know God. If we want to come to truly know God—to see life from His perspective—and have the peace and joy promised in his word, essentially becoming a “kindred spirit”, we need to spend regular time in his word.  And if you think being a kindred spirit with God is a bit over-stated, check out 1st Corinthians 2:10-16 which culminates with the phrase, “But we have the mind of Christ.”

Finally, in verse 10 of Psalm 19, we are told that God’s Word is “more desirable than gold” and “sweeter than honey.” (When I read that I think of my favorite dessert – honey infused baklava). Then the Psalm points out that when we follow God’s Word there is “great reward.” Those are some bold claims. It is certainly worth some effort to find out just how true they are.

There are many things we can love in this life. On Valentine’s Day, we pause to focus on the most important of them. As you do that this year, consider where God’s Word fits in your priorities. I would challenge and encourage all of us to make a commitment to read God’s Word, to study it, to discuss it with others in a class or small group. Then share with someone how it’s impacting your life for the good. This site is a great resource as well for opportunities to get connected with others and study God’s Word.