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The Joy of Our Hearts

Anchor Devotional - 08.14.17


“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! …Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.”

Psalm 119:103, 111

Reading Psalm 119 is like stealing a look at a love letter. The writer of this beautiful psalm is almost euphoric in expressing his love for God’s Word. He feasts on it, yet he hungers for more. He bathes in its fathomless wisdom, yet he longs to return to it. While it satisfies him, it also increases his desire to learn.

From the Word he has gained wisdom that exceeds the knowledge of his teachers. That alone would seem to be enough. But he goes on to tell of blessings that surpass having his intellectual needs met. God’s Word is worth more to him than gold, is better than a generous inheritance, and tastes better than the sweetest food he knows. Truly it fills his heart with joy.

Would you be able to say that you feel similarly about God’s Word? Or do those words seem ho-hum to you? Does the Bible you own sit unopened most days, collecting dust on the shelf? Go back to God’s Word today. Read it with an open heart as the living God speaks to you through its pages. Let the joy of the Lord begin to fill you again.

Scripture Focus

Psalm 119:97-112

Insight

How’s your appetite? As you feast on the Word of God, you’ll be filled to overflowing with joy that takes you beyond this world’s troubles.

Read the Bible

  • Job 3-4
  • Psalm 44
  • Luke 7