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PSALMS 1:2: “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.” (NKJV)

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OBSERVATION: What is the delight of my life? A delight is something we take pleasure in doing or experiencing. It is something we look forward to, and long to do. It is not a mere duty or drudgery, but a joy and privilege. Some delight in their work, some in their hobbies, others in special activities.  However, the Psalmist notes the one who delights in the law of the Lord. This is the one who finds joy and pleasure in God’s Word. Their desire for God’s Word is shown in that they meditate upon it day and night. It is not something they quickly read and forget. It is something that permeates and influences every step they take, ever decision they face.

What is the delight of my life? The delight of my life has become the Word of God. I have always loved the Bible. Since the day I committed my life to Jesus Christ I have loved the Word of God. Yet, I have not always delighted in the Word of God. I would run to it in times of trouble, or in times of preparation. I would read the Bible, but it was not the meditation of my heart “day and night”. I could get up and start the day, not even opening God’s Word, and it did not seem to affect me in any way. And in all of this time, I still loved the Word of God – but it was not my delight.

Many years ago now I decided that I wanted God’s Word to be my delight. Yet, I did not know how to make this happen. I determined to read through the Bible each year. I tried so many programs. I followed so many schedules. And all of these things had one thing in common for me – failure.  The goal of making God’s Word my delight seemed still out of reach. Out of desperation I began to pray and ask the Lord to help me make His Word my delight. I had a simple thought that came to my heart. “How many chapters are there in the Bible?” I did the count and found there were 1189 chapters. If I read three chapters a day, I would not achieve my goal. If I read 4 chapters a day, I would complete the Bible in one year, and could actually miss 68 days in the process and still achieve my goal.

So I embarked on a new journey. It began a duty. I knew I needed to be in God’s Word, and I committed myself to this new duty in my life. The duty became a discipline. Like learning anything new, it took finding the right “groove” that fit my lifestyle and then committing myself to make it happen. It was hard at first, but the fact that I was not following any set schedule was a freedom that helped me stick to the discipline. I would read 3 chapters of the Old Testament and 1 chapter of New Testament each day, and bookmark where I left off. If I missed day, I would pick up where I left off. The first year was hard, but the amazing thing is that I completed it – barely 🙂

As I embarked on this journey I knew that the Lord wanted me to add another discipline to my life. I had been challenged many times to journal, and rejected it over and over again. I hate to write, so journaling seemed like a sentence of torture to add to this new discipline. Yet, I wanted to be obedient to the Lord. I began to read and journal, and then the Lord led me to develop the personal discipline that I now call L.I.F.E.. It combines daily revelation, prayer and intercession, forgiveness and worship, and meditation and engagement. As I continued to do this over and over and over again – something wonderful happened. My duty, which was developed through discipline, became my delight!  

Each morning now I wake up looking forward to my “delight”. It is my time to hear from the Lord through His Word, to come before Him in prayer, to intercede for others, to confess my sins and receive His Grace, and to meditate upon His Word engaging my heart and mind through journaling the things He is speaking to me. I desire, delight, and look forward to this time with the Lord. It is actively hiding the Word in my heart, and I find myself going back to this Word over and over again during the day. That is meditation. And it has changed my life! It has grounded me, directed me, empowered me, and delighted me. And it can do the same for anyone who desires to make the Word of God their delight. If you need any more encouragement, listen to the promise from Psalms 1.

  • “He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.” (Psalms‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

Lord, thank You for helping me make Your Word my delight! Thank You for helping me find a simple way to stay on track, without schedules, without guilt, and accomplish this goal each year. Thank You for helping me share the simple program of L.I.F.E. with others so that they too can turn their duty, into a daily discipline, and discover true delight in Your Word. As we look toward beginning a New Year – may many feel the tug of Your Spirit toward taking the leap into this wonderful daily adventure with You in the Word!

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is pastor of The Fellowship at Weatherford, a Foursquare Church in Weatherford, Texas. He has developed an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information please send an email to klzehnder@aol.com
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