When you read Bible verses in which the author talks about loving or delighting in Scripture itself, how do you usually respond? For me personally, I often feel guilty or anxious about the lack of these verbs in my life. I have even doubted my salvation on occasion when forced to admit that I do not love or delight in God’s word as much as I “should.” Admittedly, there are often things I would rather love and delight in more than Scripture. . . .
So how can we go from having little to no love for God’s word to savoring it even more than we would a big, fat, juicy fillet or a delicious canoli? I want to present just a few points of application that will help you to get a taste for the sweetness and sufficiency of God’s word in your life.
First, ground passion for all of God’s word in its central message: the glorious gospel of grace. . . .
Second, pray consistently that God would give you passion for His word. Rarely do we ask God to create in us a delight and love for the scriptures. But this is the kind of prayer that God loves and delights to answer. He is beginning to answer mine and he will answer yours.
Third, read, study and meditate on God’s word prayerfully and in the power of the gospel. . . .
Lastly, listen to and spend time with those who have a gospel-motivated passion for God’s word.
Excerpted from “Learning to Delight in Scripture” by Andrew Kerhoulas.