Scripture: Jeremiah 15:16, NIV and Psalm 37:4, NIV
“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty.” (Jeremiah 15:16, NIV)
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4, NIV)
The Word of God is at the heart of KingdomNomics.
KingdomNomics makes no sense unless it is understood within the context of God’s Word.
Both Jeremiah and the Psalmist show us how to position ourselves in relationship to God so God can make himself known to us and actively participate in our lives. Yes, feeding on the Word is critical for this to happen.
Jeremiah gives us the “mechanics” for experiencing God in our life. When he found God’s Words, he “ate” them. In other words, he internalized the Word of God by memorizing and meditating on it to the point God’s Word became his heart’s delight.
We call these passages spiritual M&Ms, passages of Scripture to memorize and meditate on and that we want to implant deeply in the depths of our souls. The Psalmist confirms this principle when he says that if we will delight in the Lord he will give us the desires of our hearts.
As we delight in the Lord and his Word, his desires will become our desires so our prayer life will come more into harmony with his will. When this happens, we see more answered prayers because we are praying more in conformance to his will.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” (1 John 5:14–15, NIV)
At the risk of being repetitive, we say regarding the Word of God, read it. Eat it. Live it. And God will visit you to perform his good word toward you.
Today, ask yourself:
Am I delighting myself in the Word of God? Practice the SOAK, SOW, and FLOW principles of KingdomNomics, and then see what happens!