Friday, June 30 –Psalm 119:5,11; James 1:22;

Jun 29, 2023

Oh that my ways may be established to keep Your statutes! . . . I have treasured Your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against You. — Psalm 119:5,11

 

But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not just hearers who deceive themselves. — James 1:22

 

James maintained that only listening to God’s Word was insufficient. When one hears the Word and does not act on the admonitions contained in it, that person is engaging in self-deception. Simply listening to the message is not enough. We must apply God’s Word to our lives. For James, genuine religion and daily life could not be separated. He had little patience with those who claimed to be pious or religious but gave no evidence of inward change by their daily conduct.

 

The psalmist didn’t want to be that type of person but recognized his tendency to do so. This is the starting place for being doers and not hearers only—desire and study! The two must be irreversibly intertwined. We must approach our study of God’s Word with a longing to know and keep God’s Word. For the psalmist—and for us—treasuring God’s Word in our hearts compels obedience. Connecting with God through His Word is a whole life pursuit; it involves our hearts, our minds, and our actions.

 

  • What must a person believe about God and His Word to grow in obedience?
  • Is there an area of life where you need to do a better job of applying God’s Word instead of just listening to it? What needs to happen so you will do that?
  • Thank God for the truth of Scripture that helps us recognize our sin and our need. Acknowledge your need to treasure God’s Word and do what it says.
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