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How Does God’s Word Work In Our Lives?

“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.” (Psalm 19:7-8)

The Word of God is an essential part of the Christian’s life. This is not only because we recognize that the Word is the place where God has revealed Himself and His will to us, but also because we recognize that the Word is the very instrument that God uses to accomplish His work in our lives. When the Word of God is present and true in our lives, there are profound effects that we see and experience in our lives. And these effects are exactly what David tell us about in Psalm 19, a psalm about the perfect law of the Lord.

While there is an endless list of how God’s Word transforms our lives, we will look at the four ways in which God works in our lives through His Word that David identified.

  1. The Word of God revives the soul - Ephesians 2:1 tells us that we were dead in our trespasses and sins. Sin had not only pervaded and reigned over our whole being, but also made us unable to turn to God on our own. But Ephesians 2:4-5 also tells us that God, being rich in mercy, made us alive together with Christ by grace through faith. And Romans 10:17 says that faith comes through hearing the Word. These verses make clear to us, then, that one cannot be saved apart from knowing the Word of God.

  2. The Word of God makes wise the simple - Without knowing His Word, we would foolishly live according to our fleshly desires and sinful ways. But when God’s Word reveals to us the character and plan of God, we are guided to live in accordance to God’s standard and to seek for God’s purposes. And that is what living wisely means: living according to God’s ways as written in God’s Word.

  3. The Word of God rejoices the heart - In the English Standard Version (ESV), it tells us that “the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart”. But in other Bible versions such as the New International Version (NIV), it tells us, “the precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart”. Although these versions were written differently, the message is identical: joy is the result of having, knowing, and experiencing the Word of God. Unlike happiness, joy is not based on how we are doing and what we are going through. Happiness is but a fleeting feeling or emotion. Rather, joy is a constant disposition that finds pleasure in the unchanging character and perfect purpose of God. So that regardless of what may happen, the one who trusts in the Word of God can find delight and confidence in God’s constancy.

  4. The Word of God enlightens the eyes - The Word of God is crystal clear on what God commands us, and this is why it enlightens our eyes. Though we live in a dark and fallen world, His Word serves as a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105).

With all the tremendous ways that the Word of God works in our lives, shouldn’t we realize the importance of being saturated by His Word? At times, despite knowing what the Word of God is and despite knowing what the Word of God does in our lives, we still fall into the neglect of living our lives with the absence of the Word. How sad it is that we would forfeit the blessing of knowing the Word and seeing the Word in action in our lives all for our busyness and business in this world.

Dear believer, the Word of God is the instrument of His transforming work in our lives. Through His Word, God brings about the accomplishment of His purposes in our lives by teaching us how to live in a manner that honors Him, by renewing our focus on His glory, and by deepening our trust in Him. How then could we ever think of living apart from His Word? May this devotional serve as a reminder of our desperate and constant need to know God’s Word and live by God’s Word.

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