“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 that he can make himself known to us and actively participate in our lives. Feeding on the Word of God 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 them by memorizing them and meditating on them to the point that those words became his heart’s delight. I like to call these kinds of verses “Spiritual M&Ms,” passages of Scripture to memorize and to meditate on and implant deeply in my mind and heart. 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. Our lives will be more aligned with his will. When this happens, we will experience more answered prayer because we are praying in conformance with God’s will. First John 5:14–15 tells us, “And this is the confidence that we have before him: thatwhenever we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we knowthat he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we have asked from him.”
Therefore, I approach God’s Word in this way: Read it, eat it, live it, and God will visit you to perform his good work toward you.
Today, ask yourself: In what ways am I currently delighting in God’s Word?