An indication of our love for the Lord is our obedience to His word. John 14:21 says, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
How can we obey if we don’t know? Psalm 119:4-6 says, “You have commanded us to keep Your precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed, when I look into all Your commandments.”
Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” We cannot ‘know’ the Lord intimately apart from His word.
I love Psalm 119 because the writer used so many different words for God’s word. If you haven’t read this Psalm in a while, I encourage you to fit it into your schedule.
Psalm 119:147 says, “I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word.” According to Hebrews 6:19, hope is the anchor of our soul. Without a treasure of God’s word in our heart, what hope would sustain us during the tumultuous storms in our lives? Nothing.
We would be like the double-minded man in James 1:6-8 says, “…he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind…he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” No anchor equals no stability.
Hope in God, through the heart-anchor of His word, squashes ALL doubts that come in through fiery darts. They fall to the ground inoperable. They have nowhere to penetrate because hope is faith’s indestructible living shield.
1 Peter 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
God the Father raised Jesus from the dead. That same resurrection power resides in every believer. We live out the gospel through that power as we yield to the Holy Spirit.