Delight in God’s Decrees

I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. Psalm 119:15-16

Perhaps one of the greatest gifts of retirement is having an abundance of quality time to read the Scriptures more thoroughly, study the Scriptures more ferociously, meditate on the Scriptures more strenuously, and write about the Scriptures more frequently. There is nothing that brings more joy and purpose to my life than doing these things. Like today’s passage from the Psalms declares, I delight in the God’s decrees and I do not neglect His Holy Word.

Of course, having Early-onset Alzheimer’s makes all of this a significant challenge especially on my foggy days. But I must report that it is easier to read the Bible and remember some of its passages than it is to read a book and remember some of its substance. Part of this may be attributed to the fact that I had read the Bible long before I was diagnosed and its words are much more familiar to me than new material.

However, I believe there is a lot more going on than just a familiarity of the words. There is spiritual power within the Scriptures just like the writer of Hebrews claimed when he wrote, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).” Its words have divine power and inspiration to change lives for the better no matter what situation the reader may be facing. That is why I believe I can understand the words, remember the message, write about the content, and maintain joy in the midst of the turmoil brought on by Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The Scriptures make all this possible because of God’s divine power embedded within His Holy Word.

Today’s Psalm passage pleads with our hearts to meditate upon God’s Word and consider it often as we go about our daily lives. Nothing could be more helpful for an individual struggling with difficult circumstances. Spending time in the Scriptures, thinking about how they apply to one’s life, and delighting in God’s instructions promises to bring joy in the midst of strife. So spend time today studying the Scriptures and delighting in the Lord’s decrees. Then allow the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts, your life, and your future no matter how difficult your struggles may be.

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