I have been reading Jonathan Edwards for the last few days. It has been awhile since I have spent time with him and his deep biblical, Christ exalting, self denying thoughts. On Thursdays for awhile I would like to bring you some of the nuggets that I have mined in my reading. I hope that you will enjoy them half as much as I have in gathering them.
As you read what Jonathan Edwards said about Scripture, ask yourself if it is similar to your own point of view:
“I had then, and at other times, the greatest delight in the holy scriptures, of any book whatsoever. Oftentimes in reading it, every word seemed to touch my heart. I felt a harmony between something in my heart, and those sweet and powerful words. I seemed often to see so much light exhibited by every sentence, and such a refreshing food communicated, that I could not get along in reading; often dwelling long on one sentence, to see the wonders contained in it; and yet almost every sentence seemed to be full of wonders” (Personal Narrative).
How far away this is from the comments that I so often hear from people who describe their reaction to reading Scripture! ” I just don’t have time”,or “reading the Bible puts me to sleep”. I think what Edwards refers to here must be what the author of Psalm 119 had in mind when he spoke repeatedly of the impact of Scripture on his soul. I want you to consider the following samples, and ask yourself if such vivid and passionate language accurately portrays your attitude toward the glory and power of God’s Word:
“In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches” (v. 14).
“I will delight in your statutes” (v. 16).
“My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times” (v. 20).
“Your testimonies are my delight” (v. 24).
“Behold, I long for your precepts” (v. 40).
“for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love” (v. 47).
“The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces” (v. 72).
“Oh how I love your law!” (v. 97).
“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (v. 103).
“Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart” (v. 111).
“Therefore I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold” (v. 127).
“I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil” (v. 162).
“My soul keeps your testimonies; I love them exceedingly” (v. 167).