"IT DOES A BODY GOOD"

Psalms 1:1-2  "Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night."

Psalm 1 says that a blessed person is someone whose delight is in God’s word. The kind of person described here is happiest when they can spend time in the Bible. A "blessed" man or woman of God doesn’t look at the Bible as something they HAVE to read, but as something that they WANT to read. Psalm 1:1-2 is describing someone who takes pleasure in reading and meditating on the Word of God.

Surely, a Christian should desire to read God’s word and surely that desire should stem out of the joy and delight that reading God’s Word brings! We're told that a blessed person doesn’t just delight in God’s word, but they also meditate on it day and night. To meditate on Scripture isn’t just reading your Bible and putting it away having "done your duty".

Meditating on the Bible means that you study your Bible carefully, you search through it, you even memorize parts of it and you think about what you’ve read. The great preacher Charles Spurgeon once said that the “dust on most Christian's Bibles is so thick that you can write ‘damnation’ on it with your finger.” This should never be so!

In 1 Peter 2:2, the Apostle Peter says "As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby".

Now, most of us are familiar with a baby’s desire to drink milk. Most of us realize that if you let a baby go past his feeding time then the child will let you know as well as EVERYONE ELSE around know it! Babies cry and scream when they're hungry because they have such a strong desire to be fed, specifically with milk. And that’s the illustration that Peter makes in comparing Christians to babies.

Peter says we ought to have the same strong desire to be fed that a baby has and he said that our food is the “pure milk of the word”. You see, BRATS, the Word of God is to the believer what milk is to a baby. It’s a source of nutrition, life and growth! It's something to be strongly desired! And we should get upset if we don't have it!

Now, I'm sure that Peter is not saying that we should remain as babes in Christ. No, far from it! The truth is that as we grow and become more spiritually mature we should learn how to feed ourselves! We all need to grow up in Christ and as we do we'll  learn to pick up a knife and fork and get into the “meat of the word” (1 Cor. 3:2)!

It's a shame that some Christians rely solely upon their pastor to "feed" them. This is not only a mistake, but it's silly too! After all, how would you like it if at the next potluck supper the pastor came over to your table and picked up your utensils and started feeding you like a little baby? It’d be pretty silly wouldn’t it?

That’s exactly what some Christians expect when they wait for their pastor to feed them from the Word of God. Not only is that silly, but as I said it's a mistake. Why is it a mistake? It's a mistake because just as it's not healthy for you to eat just one natural meal a week, neither is it healthy for you to eat just one spiritual meal a week.

BRATS, if we’re not continually feeding ourselves with the Word of God then we are spiritually starving ourselves!  Starved Christians are weak Christians! Ray Comfort gives us all some very good advice for a spiritually healthy diet. Ray says a rule of thumb for the Christian is "No Bible, no breakfast. No read, no feed."

If Christians were to feed themselves spiritually everyday BEFORE feeding themselves physically, I believe that the Body of Christ in general would be much more spiritually healthy and would walk in a greater measure of power, strength and God's blessing.

GO READ YOUR BIBLE & GO BLESS, BRATS!