Today’s Devotion Written by Pastor Brenda Legred
Happy are those who….delight in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water. Psalm 1:1-3.
When I was young, I kept secret treasures inside my zipper Bible. In early years the inside cover held a feather, a Japanese fan, and a tiny troll with turquoise hair. Later, I kept a ruby ring from a bubble gum machine and a valentine from a boy I liked. Delicate, precious riches. As I got older I realized the most valuable treasures were on the pages inside my Bible.
Psalm 1:3 suggests that we are like trees planted by streams of water, given life and connection with the source of all life as we dwell in God’s Word. The Bible has a fresh word for even the most faithful Bible study goers. Whether you are new to scripture or an avid reader, you can be surprised by how relevant and contextual the Bible can be.
Martin Luther once said, “The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.” (Martin Luther—The Early Years, Christian History Magazine 2:34, Christianity Today International, 1993:28). Luther would smile and say the Gospels were the honeypot of the Bible. There we find the sweet treasure that is Jesus—his birth, his life, his death and his rising.
Luther said his least favorite book of the Bible was James. He thought it should never have been part of the New Testament. Yet, the book of James holds valuable truths and guidance for living a God-pleasing life.
No matter which scriptures speak to you, know that God’s Word is living and active (Hebrews 4:12a). Meditating on God’s Word we are like trees planted by streams of water, given life, purpose, and direction. What treasures will you find?