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Psalm 1: Delighted by a Book?

by in Soul Food

"But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night." (Psalm 1:2)

People who are passionate about the writings and ideas of the famous Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung are sometimes call Jungians. And the Jungians were pretty excited a few years ago. A huge journal he kept of his innermost thoughts and feelings was published after being hidden away and unavailable for nearly 100 years.

I'm not a Jungian; his teachings don't line up too well with Scripture, in my view. But I can understand why you'd be excited to read the long, lost insights of the person you've patterned your whole life after. The Jungians couldn't wait to get their hands on that book.

You know where I'm going. We tell everyone that we believe the Bible contains the very thoughts of God -- that the God of the universe went to the "trouble" of getting down in language His ideas for us. We say we believe that, but I'm not sure we're convinced.

If we were, it seems like we'd be a lot more delighted to dive into the thoughts of God every day. We'd be less likely to categorize studying the Book along with eating green vegetables, getting exercise, and flossing. What can we do to increase our enjoyment of God's thoughts from God's Word?

Think: How many people do you know who really seem to be fascinated, enthralled, captivated, and excited about the Bible? How did they get that way?

Pray: Ask God to help you to delight in His Word and to learn to really, truly enjoy meditating on it every day.

Do: Grab an online or offline (paper) thesaurus and read a long list of words that mean the same thing as "delight."

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