it seems as if God has been very real to me over the past few weeks. time in the Word, whether it be meditation or study, has been so sweet. He has been challenging me to lay aside and confess things that have been a burden for years so that i might run the race with more endurance and shine more brightly for Him (Hebrews 12:1).
in one of the sermons i listened to by, whom else, paul washer, he described a man who read john 3:16 over and over again. he would say, i understand, but it is not a reality to me. he read it another time. "for God so loved the world....i'm saved!" he cried. "have you never read this passage before?!" he had seen the scripture with new eyes because the Holy Spirit had given Him new eyes. i feel like this as i've been reading the scriptures as of late. it seems as if the Spirit has granted me new eyes and a new appreciation for the glories of His word. i humbled by His faithfulness in doing so.
while i blown away daily by what i've been reading in the Word, today i read Psalm 19. here is a section from that (v. 7-11):
The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts 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,
the rules of the LORD are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
i have read this psalm before, but cannot remember having the fear of the Lord described has "claen." isn't that wonderful!?! this passage is filled with the glories of the fear of God. i was blown away by this scripture and pray that you will be too!